From Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York, Out of the Rehearsal Hall takes a deep dive into the theatrical process, even while we start the season still creating work from the rehearsal halls in our own homes. This season might find you listening to audio plays, streaming a solo performance online, and attending the theatre in a new socially-distant manner, and in this podcast, we’ll explore it all. Hosted by Literary Director Jenni Werner.
Episode 2-5: Sound Designers Justin Ellington and David K. Samba
In this episode, Esther Winter, creative producer for Recognition Radio, and Jenni Werner talk with sound designers David K. Samba and Justin Ellington about jazz music, the nature of collaboration, sound design and composition as an out of body experience, and how we’re all sound designers at heart, even if we don’t know it yet.
Episode 2-4: Sound Designers Christie Chiles Twillie and Larry Fowler
Recognition Radio's Creative Producer Esther Winter joins Jenni Werner for a conversation with sound designers Christie Chiles Twillie and Larry Fowler. Join us for a great conversation about how sound designers build worlds onstage, and how their work has become even more pivotal with more and more theatrical work living only online. And, a special bonus, a handful of dogs make accidental guest appearances, which a sound designer might have placed slightly differently!
Episode 2-3: Playwrights Christina Anderson and Harrison David Rivers
In this episode, playwrights Christina Anderson and Harrison David Rivers join Pirronne Yousefzadeh and Jenni Werner for a joyful conversation about listening to the voices in your head, finding inspiration in poetry, novels and raunchy rap lyrics, making space for imagination and representation onstage. And of course, the conversation features their plays in Geva's Recognition Radio Festival.
Episode 2-2: Playwrights Chisa Hutchinson and Kirsten Greenidge
In this episode, playwrights Kirsten Greenidge and Chisa Hutchinson join Fran Da Silveira and Jenni Werner for an impassioned conversation about their work and inspirations, how August Wilson impacted them both as young people, and the renaissance of the Black horror genre. And of course, a conversation about their work featured in Geva's Recognition Radio Festival. Note: the conversation includes a couple of swear words.
Episode 2-1: Sonja D. Williams
In the first episode of season two, Jenni Werner is joined by co-host Esther Winter, creative producer for Geva's Recognition Radio Festival - an audio play festival celebrating Black stories - to talk about the festival and Esther's many roles in the Rochester-area arts community. And then guest Professor Sonja D. Williams, author of Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio and Freedom to talk about the pioneering writer and producer of radio's first Black radio dramas. Join us for a conversation about radio history, Durham's script writing (the good and the bad), innovative artistic choices, missed deadlines and incredible impact.
Episode 10: Director Mikael Burke
In Episode Ten of Out of the Rehearsal Hall, Geva's Assistant Literary Director Fran Da Silveira joins Jenni Werner once again for an invigorating conversation with director Mikael Burke. They talk about the impact of music and silence on our understanding of language, and about creating a personal artistic mission, and envision a bold new theatre coming out of this pandemic. Oh, and Fran reveals the connection between stalking and dramaturgical research...