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A podcast from Pioneer Theatre Company, interviewing professionals in the theatre industry. Hosted by Utah playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett.

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A podcast from Pioneer Theatre Company, interviewing professionals in the theatre industry. Hosted by Utah playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett.

    Don't Shoot "The Messenger"

    Don't Shoot "The Messenger"

    Playwright Jeff Talbott invites us into the process of adapting a female-centered version of Henrik Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People." Where Henrik Ibsen was focused on the dangers of "compacted majorities," Talbott is focused on the reasons that we've stopped talking to each other. The play is being developed in PTC's Play by Play program and will be read this Friday, March 13th @ 7:30pm and Saturday, March 14th @ 2pm & 7:30pm in the Babcock Theatre.

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    JEFF TALBOTT (Playwright) Jeff Talbott’s play i was developed in Pioneer Theatre Company’s Play-by-Play Series and subsequently produced by PTC in 2018. His play A Public Education was also seen in Play-by-Play and was a finalist for the 2015 O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Other plays: The Submission (Off-Broadway – MCC Theater; Laurents/Hatcher Award and Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award for New American Play; published and licensed by Samuel French); The Gravedigger’s Lullaby (Off-Broadway – TACT/Theatre Row; published and licensed by Dramatic Publishing); Civics and Humanities for Non-Majors (2018 O’Neill Finalist; Montclair State University and last fall at Utah State Univeristy); Joseph Cook (2019 O’Neill Finalist); Three Rules for the Dragon (2017 O’Neill Finalist), How to Build a City, Elliot and All the Stars in the Midnight Sky. He writes musicals with composer Will Van Dyke; as a musical theatre writing team they were finalists for the 2019 Fred Ebb Award. Jeff graduated with honors from the Yale School of Drama.
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    • 17 min
    The Cosmic Tree and "Once On This Island" with Mythologist John Lundwall

    The Cosmic Tree and "Once On This Island" with Mythologist John Lundwall

    For this episode—in conjunction with "Once On This Island"—mythologist John Lundwall, PhD, explains our need for stories with elemental gods, the origin of Haitian mythos, and the image of the Cosmic Tree in "Once On This Island" and beyond.

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    John Lundwall is the author of "Mythos and Cosmos: Mind and Meaning in the Oral Age," a book that examines myth through oral thinking and oral cosmology. He obtained his doctorate in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate School in Santa Barbara, California and is currently leading an archeo-astronomy project in Fremont Indian State Park.   

    https://www.amazon.com/Mythos-Cosmos-Mind-Meaning-Oral-ebook/dp/B017L4S5BI/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=mythos+and+cosmos&qid=1582486755&sr=8-1
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    • 18 min
    "The Anatomy of Love" with Ted Malawer

    "The Anatomy of Love" with Ted Malawer

    Our first Play-by-Play reading of the 2019–2020 season is "The Anatomy of Love" by Ted Malawer.

    Mr. Malawer talks about how he gradually makes a play less personal for him and more personal for the characters that inhabit it.

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    TED MALAWER (playwright) is a recent graduate of the Juilliard Playwriters Program. He has received Lincoln Center’s Lecomte du Nouy Prize and The Kennedy Center’s Blanche and Irving Laurie Award. His theatrical work has been developed and commissioned by T Magazine/The New York Times, The Public, NYTW, Atlantic Theater Company, MCC, and others. TV writer-producer credits include shows for Netflix, Hulu, Showtime, NBC, Freeform and Disney+, where he developed an original pilot. Malawer has also written several novels, including the Mystic City series for Penguin Random House. A former opera singer, Malawer is a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, a graduate of The Juilliard School-Columbia University Exchange Program, and received his master’s from Fordham University. He is currently adapting the novel Red, White & Royal Blue into a film for Amazon, and writing an original musical with Kate Nash and Andy Blankenbuehler.
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    • 9 min
    Director Shelley Butler on political intrigue and "Mary Stuart"

    Director Shelley Butler on political intrigue and "Mary Stuart"

    Next up at PTC is "Mary Stuart" by Jean Stock Goldstone and John Reich (derived from the text of Friedrich Schiller).

    Director Shelley Butler talks about how she approaches political intrigue, how she prepares for historical dramas, and about the manufacture of narrative in Elizabethan times and today.

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    SHELLEY BUTLER (Director) recent productions include the world premieres of Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 at South Coast Repertory and helming the Japanese premiere of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo. She has developed over two dozen new plays and musicals at companies including Ars Nova, Primary Stages, E.S.T., WP Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Geva, New York Stage and Film, The Playwright’s Realm, Keen Company, New Dramatists, and the Lark. She spent two seasons as artistic associate in charge of new play development for Hartford Stage and three seasons as artistic associate for Great Lakes Theater Festival. Upcoming: Arcadia for South Coast Repertory.
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    • 8 min
    "The Play That Goes Wrong" with Actors William Connell & Ruth Pferdehirt

    "The Play That Goes Wrong" with Actors William Connell & Ruth Pferdehirt

    PTC's holiday show for 2019 is "The Play That Goes Wrong" by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields. It's a demanding physical comedy with a lot that goes wrong—as the title implies. For this episode, actors William Connell (Chris) and Ruth Pferdehirt (Sandra) talk about the rigors of comedy—timing, pacing, "riding the wave," and more. They also share their stories of other moments in plays gone wrong…. 

    The outro music is by Trev Lewis/Hagfilms.
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    • 13 min
    Fact, Truth, & Authenticity

    Fact, Truth, & Authenticity

    Dr. Avery Holton, a 2018 National Humanities Center Fellow from the U of U's Department of Communication, helps you separate fact from fiction in this episode, as we discuss how social media has warped (and sometimes strengthened) the lifespan of facts. 
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    • 30 min

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