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Absurd, abstract and intriguing, Into the Absurd reveals the passions and purpose of creators around the country in a 50 minute conversation happening Saturdays at 5 pm at the virtual dinner table, hosted by Tina Brock, Producing Artistic Director of The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, a Philadelphia-based theater whose mission is producing existentialist and absurdist theater. We'll Bring Good Nothingness to Life each week, keeping playwright Samuel Beckett's famous phrase front of mind: "You Must Go On. I Can't Go On. I'll Go On." Join us as we illuminate creative works and creative thinking, finding the poetry in existentially challenging times, sharing a laugh and always a story -- connecting us to our works and to each other.

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Absurd, abstract and intriguing, Into the Absurd reveals the passions and purpose of creators around the country in a 50 minute conversation happening Saturdays at 5 pm at the virtual dinner table, hosted by Tina Brock, Producing Artistic Director of The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, a Philadelphia-based theater whose mission is producing existentialist and absurdist theater. We'll Bring Good Nothingness to Life each week, keeping playwright Samuel Beckett's famous phrase front of mind: "You Must Go On. I Can't Go On. I'll Go On." Join us as we illuminate creative works and creative thinking, finding the poetry in existentially challenging times, sharing a laugh and always a story -- connecting us to our works and to each other.

    EP 063: Bringing the Diva to Life: Artist Liz Goldberg

    EP 063: Bringing the Diva to Life: Artist Liz Goldberg

    Liz Goldberg has taught Fashion Illustration at The Pratt Institute and Drexel University for the past 11 years. Her work is an exploration of the theme of the “diva” – the flamboyantly uninhibited female and the personal and political empowerment she represents.

    As a painter, graphic artist, and animator, Liz has been inspired by puppets and absurdist theatre, influenced by puppet–like characters reminiscent of Alfred Jarry’s forerunner of absurdist theater, Ubu-Roi, the buffoons of modernist playwright Michel de Ghelderode, the existentialist mime plays of Samuel Beckett, and the symbolist and political figures of European puppet theater.

    Liz has developed these “diva” and puppet-inspired works into experimental animated films in collaboration with filmmaker Warren Bass, broadcast on American Public Television and cable, receiving awards and juried recognition in over 20 countries. The works use animation as an analog to painting, dance and poetry, and are intended to re-define the paradigm of what an animation can be. The process of animation has, in turn, influenced her full-scale paintings and works-on-paper producing diptychs, triptychs, and serial prints with progressive deviations.

    In 2018, Liz and Warren produced “Vogueing and Other Pleasures” shown at the Film Festival at the Barnes in conjunction with the Musee de Paris. In 2018, the film was also shown as part of “Contexualizing Fashion” at Pratt. A full room installation was created at Joan Shepp where Liz was a resident artist for 3 years 2017- 2020, installing the entire space with 1,750 hand-drawn cells from the animation, as well as paintings and prints.

    Liz’s work was recently part of MINIFEST at Theaterlab - a fun and vibrant event that brought together a variety of artists to share short works throughout Theaterlab's full loft on September 18 and 19 in New York City.

    MINIFEST is an afternoon of tiny delights, short sparks of new work, and other small surprises. Last produced on March 8, 2020, days before theater closed. This year’s MINIFEST focused on Fashion and the Body.
    Participating artists included Marco Casazza, Liza Cassidy, Blane Charles, Orietta Crispino, Jed Distler, Liz Goldberg, Naoki Iwakawa, Michaela Lind, Stefanie Nelson, Lisa Silvestri, Alex Sollitto, Lesley Ware, Louisa Willis, Ulisespal, Glenna Yu and Lanie Zipoy.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    EP 062: All that Fall: Michael Toner on Irish Theatre and the Plays of Samuel Beckett

    EP 062: All that Fall: Michael Toner on Irish Theatre and the Plays of Samuel Beckett

    Michael P. Toner has been acting, directing, dialect coaching and specializing in Irish theatre for over 49 years. His recent roles include doing Phil Hogan in O’Neill’s Moon For The Misbegotten for Walnut Street Theatre (with national tour). Other WST credits include She Stoops to Conquer, Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Conversations With My Father, 1776, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, and The Caretaker. Other Brian Friel plays include Volunteers, Dancing At Lughnasa, Aristocrats, Translations and his one-man play based on Friel’s works, The Humours Of Ballybeg. Recent roles include Knacker Woods in Marie Jones’s Rock Doves, Vladimir in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and the one-man play Crossing The Threshold into the House of Bach by David Simpson for Amaryllis Theatre.

    Other Irish roles include Vladimir in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Krapp in Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, Mr. Rice in Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney, Owen in the East Coast premiere of Friel’s Translations, Michael / Narrator in Friel’s Dancing At Lughnasa, Maurice in Conor Mc Pherson’s The Night Alive, An Irish Man in Tom Murphy’s The Gigli Concert, Trooper O’Hara in Sebastian Barry’s White Woman Street, Eugene O’Neill in Pat Nolan’s Midnight Rainbows, Doctor McSharry in Martin Mc Donagh’s The Cripple Of Inishmaan, among many others.

    His one-person plays include Beginning to End and Nohow On, based upon Beckett’s writings, An Evening with Mister Dooley, drawn from Finley Peter Dunne’s writings, his own Ever Yours, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Mr. Toner has performed for the Villanova Shakespeare Festival, the Carnegie-Mellon University Beckett Festival, the New York W.B. Yeats Society, the International James Joyce Symposium, the NYC A Dublin Evening, the NYC Gotham Book Mart Bloomsday, the Meadowlands Irish Festival, the American Shaw Festival, and he is a founding reader for the Rosenbach Museum & Library Bloomsday Festival.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    EP 061: Artistic Loss Prevention: Mark Fitzgerald Wilson on Opera, Resonance and Artistic Leadership in the Time of Covid

    EP 061: Artistic Loss Prevention: Mark Fitzgerald Wilson on Opera, Resonance and Artistic Leadership in the Time of Covid

    Tonight, we talked with Mark Fitzgerald Wilson, Executive Director of the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University about his journey from professional opera singer to arts administrator, his early and important years working in loss prevention (which included learning how to spot shoplifters), knowing your superpower, lessons learned from wise professors along the road, and what’s in store this season at Zoellner.

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    Mark Fitzgerald Wilson was named Executive Director of Zoellner Arts Center in July 2020. Mark joined Zoellner from the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College where he served as Executive Director of Cultural Programs and Partnerships.

    Over the last 20 years, Mark has been a leader in arts administration, a music professor, a professional opera singer and a corporate director. During his tenure at the Grunin Center, he planned and managed all aspects of the campus-based performing arts center including long-range artistic and strategic planning, programming, operations, finances, marketing, fundraising, educational and community engagement. In recognition of his contributions, he received the Ocean County College Presidential Leadership Award for Campus Wide Impact. Mark has a Bachelor of Music from Simpson College and a Master of Music degree from the University of Houston.

    In his role as Executive Director of Zoellner, Mark is responsible for the overall leadership of the center, a crucial function of championing goals and values, setting direction and inspiration. The position also directs and implements the artistic vision in alignment with the center’s mission.

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    • 59 min
    EP 060: Awakenings and Transformations: Ego Po Classic Theater's Lane Savadove on Season 2021-2022

    EP 060: Awakenings and Transformations: Ego Po Classic Theater's Lane Savadove on Season 2021-2022

    Tonight, we talked with Lane Savadove, the Founding Artistic Director of EgoPo Classic Theater about performing during pandemic, EgoPo’s upcoming season Awakenings and Transformations, and much more, featuring several special appearances by his daughter on location attending a very special birthday party (https://www.egopo.org).
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    Lane Savadove is the Founding Artistic Director of EgoPo Classic Theater, now in its 27th season.
    Lane has directed over 40 shows for EgoPo, Off-Broadway, regionally in San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Provincetown, Philadelphia and on National Public Radio. He was the resident director of the National Cultural Center of Indonesia (1996-7), Artistic Director of Jean Cocteau Repertory (2004-5), and Associate Artistic Director of the Living Theater (1989-90).
    An Independence Foundation Fellow, Drama League Directing Fellow, Shubert Fellow, Henry Luce Fellow, TCG Leadership recipient. His works include: Beckett’s Company (NPR and 6 cities); world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ House Not Meant to Stand (Southern Repertory); Wedekind’s Spring Awakening (Phila, New Orleans), Maeterlinck’s Bluebird (Phila.), the world premiere of John Guare’s 10-hour Lydie Breeze Trilogy.
    Savadove's staging of Chekhov’s Seagull won the company the 2017 Barrymore award for Best Production. He holds an MFA in Directing from Columbia University and BA from Haverford College. Lane was a Professor of Acting and Directing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, The National University of Indonesia, and Head of Directing at Loyola-New Orleans. He is currently Head of Acting and Directing and Full Professor of Theater at Rowan University in New Jersey.
    Creating in Philadelphia: "It can be easy to accept the estimation that we’re not a place that’s bursting with deep thinkers because so many outsiders see us strictly as inhabitants of a blue collar city...and, of course, that’s complete nonsense. It’s been my experience that there’s plenty of brain power generated on a daily basis, and I think that’s particularly evident when you look at theater companies and what they’re collectively trying to convey to us, namely, that it’s perfectly acceptable to seek answers and apply your findings for the good of so many.” - Lane Savadove
    Ego Po Classic Theater Season 2021-2022
    Awakenings and Transformations
    Alice: not your child's wonderland
    Based on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
    Adapted by Dane Eissler & Jenna Kuerzi
    Directed by Dane Eissler
    At Glen Foerd, public park and museum, 5001 Grant Ave
    Season Launch Event: Tuesday, September 28th
    Fringe Performances: Wednesday and Thursday, September 29th and 30th
    Tickets and more info at www.egopo.org/alice
    Wine in the Wilderness
    by Alice Childress
    Directed by Damien J. Wallace
    Performs Jan 19-30 at the Louis Bluver at the Drake
    Life is a Dream
    Based on the play by Pedro Calderon de la Barca
    Created by Brenna Geffers & Felipe Vergara
    Directed by Brenna Geffers
    Performs March 16-27 at Theatre Exile
    Curse of the Starving Class
    by Sam Shepard
    Directed by Lane Savadove
    Performs June 15-26 at Drexel's URBN Center Annex Black Box
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    • 57 min
    EP 059: Her Heart Belongs to Comedy: Improvisation, Lawyers and SNL with Sharon Geller

    EP 059: Her Heart Belongs to Comedy: Improvisation, Lawyers and SNL with Sharon Geller

    Sharon Geller is a comedic actress who has appeared on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 4 times and on The TODAY Show as “Lucy”.
    After spending 10 years in the corporate world, Sharon followed her heart and decided to pursue her first love – acting. Her radio and TV commercials have won awards and she can currently be seen in a national TV commercial for Colonial Penn Life Insurance.
    Since 2012, Sharon has performed in the national touring company of the off-Broadway hit “OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES,” which is a tribute to the Borscht Belt and the birth of Jewish humor.
    After winning the Manhattan Monologue Slam in 2007 for presenting the best monologue in New York City, Sharon’s musical improv troupe, MC Hammerstein, became the first musical improv house team at the PIT (People’s Improv Theatre) in NY.
    In addition to being a spokeswoman on QVC, Sharon teaches comedy improv at the Walnut Street Theatre and IMPROV FOR LAWYERS, a course she created, at the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University. She presents her CLE, ‘A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO ARBITRATION – Great Communication Techniques for Lawyers’ to the ABA, PBI and law firms around the country. She also leads corporate workshops on communication where she teaches people to think more quickly on their feet, be a team player and think outside of the box. Clients include Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Berkshire Hathaway Realtors.
    Her 1-woman show, ‘KNOCK, KNOCK…JEWS THERE? A Talmudic Take on Comedy’ about the importance of laughter and comedy in Judaism has received rave reviews from Jewish organizations around the country.
    Globally, Sharon has taught improv workshops for Tel Aviv Improv and at the St. John School of the Arts in the Caribbean.
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    • 59 min
    EP 058: Her Strength, Our Story: The Musical Life of Trudy Graboyes

    EP 058: Her Strength, Our Story: The Musical Life of Trudy Graboyes

    Tonight on Into the Absurd, we talked with singer and actress Trudy Graboyes about her love of musical theater, her many roles in stages throughout the Philadelphia area, her background in theater producing and her upcoming one woman show based on her grandmother's immigrant experience titled Her Strength, Our Story.

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    Trudy Graboyes is a Philadelphia based singer and actor. She is currently in rehearsal for her one woman show, Her Strength, Our Story.

    Recent stage appearances include the Chaperone in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE and Mrs Brice in FUNNY GIRL at the Broadway Theater in Pitman, New Jersey, Mrs. STRAKOSH and Vera at The Candlelight Dinner Theater and Rose in GYPSY at Shannondell Performing Arts Center.

    She was nominated for both a 2014 Perry award and 2014 Broadway World best actress award as Fraulein Schneider in CABARET, the musical. Trudy was nominated for and won The Subscribers Choice Award from The Ritz Theater for her portrayal of Yente in the musical, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. She appeared in, IF THE SLIPPER FITS with the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, in RAGTIME at Centre Theater, in NUNSENSE JAMBOREE and ANNIE at the Media Theater. In ANNIE Trudy was cast in the ensemble and was understudy to Ms. Hannigan who was played by comedienne, Wanda Sykes.

    Trudy has performed at Walnut Street, Arden, Ritz, Hedgerow, Plays and Players, and New York Dinner Theaters. She was in the cast of TONY AND TINAS' WEDDING Show for 6 years (as Mrs. Vitale; mother of the bride).

    Trudy is also a cabaret singer. Her cabaret, DUSTPAN DIVA, a history of American musicals told through the eyes of a cleaning woman, was produced at NYC's cabaret, Don't Tell Mama to rave reviews.

    Trudy wrote, produced, and is the singer on the children's tape entitled, DOODLE DEE DOO.

    Trudy's day job is as a Standardized Patient for medical schools and clinical skills programs in the region.

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    • 1 hr 2 min

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