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A podcast that celebrates playwrights, performers and patrons. Hosts Dana Colagiovanni and Christy Gallo introduce us to and interview theatre artists and creatives while exploring the depths of storytelling and imagination of several playwrights you might never have heard of...yet.

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A podcast that celebrates playwrights, performers and patrons. Hosts Dana Colagiovanni and Christy Gallo introduce us to and interview theatre artists and creatives while exploring the depths of storytelling and imagination of several playwrights you might never have heard of...yet.

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    BONUS - GRENADINE by Neil Wechsler

    BONUS - GRENADINE by Neil Wechsler

    As part of it's bimonthly radio program, The ETC Digital Theatre Hour on WUTC 88.1 FM (an NPR affiliate station), The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga presented Neil Wechsler's play GRENADINE.  "GRENADINE is pure fun, it is fantastically delicious, engagingly imaginative and even pushes the button of your heart.  While simple in story, it is massive in the message of not taking oneself or one's journey too seriously," mentions Garry Lee Posey (ETC's founder and executive artistic director)

    The play follows a group of cohorts on a journey to find the long lost love of one of that group's life.  It is a journey that introduces the group to a host of challenges and characters while challenging their connection to each other and their connection to the world.  "The play ends with such a dramatic sensibility that you never see coming," mentions Posey.



    The cast includes:

    Gage Goza as PRISMATIC

    Jacob Moore as SCONCE

    Courtenay Cholovich as PYX

    Christopher Hrozencik-Snyder as GROVE

    Casey Keelen as FEMALE ENSEMBLE

    Amir Andalib as MALE ENSEMBLE

    Garry Lee Posey as MALE ENSEMBLE



    More on Neil Wechsler:

    Neil Wechsler's Website

    Yale Books Unbound about Neil Wechsler's GRENADINE

    Neil's Podcast The Online Theatre Development Collaborative

    New Play Exchange - Neil Wechsler

    Instagram - @wechlersprojects

    Facebook








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    BONUS - FOUR SHORTS by Garry Lee Posey

    BONUS - FOUR SHORTS by Garry Lee Posey

    For several years, Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga presented a series of original works written by local playwrights conceived by and performed in front pieces of art at the Hunter Museum of American Art.  We called this performance CASTING THE CANVAS.  "It was an experiment of mixing mediums in an effort to showcase how the different ways individuals can experience visual art.  Our writers included established playwrights, novice playwrights, fiction writers and willing enthusiasts with no prior writing experience."

    Six to Eight scripts were curated, rehearsed and performed throughout the museum.  A guide would lead the audiences to each of the galleries housing the art where the play would be performed with the art creating the backdrop.  Three of the four plays in this series by playwright Garry were included in various Casting the Canvas events, they are:

    FUGUE IN D

    Terrance Wright, Brenda Schwab, Garry Lee Posey,  Christy Gallo

    Subway - 14th Street - Hunter Museum inspiration

    Two Men - Hunter Museum inspiration

    (Gaiety) Burlesque (also known as Irving Palace Burlesque) - Hunter Museum inspiration

    Glen (Ireland) - Hunter Museum inspiration

    American Gothic, Washington D.C. - Hunter Museum Inspiration



    TWELVE IRONS IN THE FIRE

    Garry Lee Posey, Taylor Williams, Kashun Parks



    GOODWILLED

    Kashun Parks, Taylor Williams, Maggie Williams, Eric Red Wyatt, Taylor Williams, Jesse McCecil

    Alone Together IX - Hunter Museum inspiration



    The other play in the series premiered as part of Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga's SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATRE Short Play Festival and then performed again as part of the Drive By Theatre Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.

    TAKING IN THE PEACEFULNESS

    Maggie Williams, Megan Smith, Christy Gallo, John Thomas McCecil




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    • 52 min
    Lights Up - Season Two Finale : The Monologues Point A to Point B

    Lights Up - Season Two Finale : The Monologues Point A to Point B

    The Readers for each monologue include:

    THE STINKIEST THING by Adam Szudrich (AUS) performed by Brian Tichnell (CA)

    JOEY by Donald Loftus (NY) performed by Joel Sanchez Avantes (GA)

    CHOICE by Guy Newsham (CAN) performed by SJ Lester (TN)

    BOOT'S VACATION by Rex McGregor (NZ) performed by Eric " Red" Wyatt (TN)

    HOLY INAPPROPRIATE by Alison Fradkin (IL) performed by Elise Mayfield (AL)

    CROSSING TO THE OTHER SIDE by Jeff Dunne (MD) performed by Gage Goza (GA)

    SOMETHING REMEBERED by Marj O'Neill-Butler (FL) performed by LIbby Lindsay (NY)

    BEACON by John Patrick Bray (GA) performed by Bonnie Stoloff (TN)

    THE REVIEW by D. Lee Miller (NY) performed by Dana Colagiovanni (NY)

    THE SUN AS A GIFT by Cris Eli Blak (KY) performed by Sehri Elise (NY)

    AUNT REE by Peter Dakutis (GA) performed by Courtenay Cholovich (TN)

    OARS by Thomas White (GA) performed by Garry Lee Posey (TN)



    Sound and Editing Engineer: Garry Lee Posey



    www.ensembletheatreofcahttanooga.com (website)

    #etofc (twitter)

    @ensemble_theatre_of_chatt (instagram)

    Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga (facebook)




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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Season Two Recap

    Season Two Recap

    Producer Garry Lee Posey and Host Dana Colagiovanni provide brief recaps and insights from the ten plays we produced this season.

    https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2021/jun/10/godot-is-a-woman-review-silent-faces-samuel-beckett (mentioned in the recap of Guy Newsham's play "Waiting for Hello")


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    Lights Up 020 - Rosa and Leo by Adam Szudrich

    Lights Up 020 - Rosa and Leo by Adam Szudrich

    WEBSITE - Adam Szudrich

    Facebook - Adam Szudrich

    SHORT + SWEET - Article about a trio of shorts by Adam which played to sold out crowds in Sydney

    BACHELOR GAL - Adam's co-creation original one woman cabaret show based on swiping (left or right)

    MISLEAD - a short film with a completely funded campaign in INDIEGOGO by Adam

    Cast:

    Deborah Meeks (TN) - ROSA

    Dennis Parker (TN) - LEO

    Casey Keelen - Stage Directions

    Eric "Red" Wyatt - Audio Design 


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    • 58 min
    Lights Up 019 - There's New Life Coming by Marj O'Neill-Butler

    Lights Up 019 - There's New Life Coming by Marj O'Neill-Butler

    NEW PLAY EXCHANGE - Marj O'Neill-Butler

    PLAYWRIGHT CENTER - Marj O'Neill-Butler

    Smith Scripts U.K - three published plays for purchase including THERE'S NEW LIFE COMING and BABY FEVER (which Marj talks about in the interview and the production that happened just recently in Hong Kong)

    DRAMATIST'S GUILD - bio

    Instagram - @marj2341; Facebook - Marj O'Neill-Butler

    Fantasy Theatre Factory - where LIFT EVERY VOICE : Black Women Speak was produced



    Cast:

    Joyce Benson (TN) - DORIS

    Maggie Williams (GA) - MILLIE

    Eric "Red" Wyatt - Audio Design and Stage Directions


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    • 52 min

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