Off Broadway theatre actor and producer Matt de Rogatis recounts his producing history in New York City with his non profit theatre organization, Ruth Stage. Group members Joe Rosario and Spencer Scott join de Rogatis to discuss many theatre related topics including a behind the scenes look at Ruth Stage's upcoming Off Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The production, postponed 5 TIMES now, will finally go up this July and August 2022 in midtown Manhattan at Theater at St. Clement's. The three pull no punches in this R-Rated look at the world of professional theatre. www.ruthstage.org
RUTH STAGE After Dark Season 3 - #44 The Totally Bogus Awards Show
It's here! After taking the previous week to prep the venue, polish the hardware, and all the other accoutrement, "The Totally Bogus Awards Show" is here! The pinnacle of Ruth Stage After Dark entertainment. But first, we have a message from Matt, announcing a MAJOR development for Ruth Stage. Then it's on to the awards show, presented by 3 time Emmy winner and our "Big Daddy" Christian Jules LeBlanc! Awards are presented by some familiar faces of After Dark and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with a few screwballs along the way. Watch. Be amazed and amused as we present the Totally Bogus Awards! It's RUTH STAGE AFTERRRRRRR DARRRRRRKKKKKK!!!
RUTH STAGE After Dark Season 3 - #43 The Birthday Bash II
This week on After Dark, we continue our year in review with part 2 of "The Birthday Bash." Tonight we take a look back at the ins and outs of the casting process, share stories of the Theater Saves Lives: An Evening of Hope event that took place last October amongst other topics, all in preparation for the first annual "Totally Bogus Awards" show. But first... Matt has a proposition for John and Spencer. They can have their brawl, but only if they both agree this will be the end of it. Spencer has a counter proposition of his own. Will John and Spencer finally be able to settle their differences? Could this be the last we see of The Gold Standard or Mr. F'n John? Find tonight! It's RUTH STAGE AFTERRRRRR DARRRRRRRKKKKK!!!
RUTH STAGE After Dark Season 3 - #42 The Birthday Bash
We're back in the dark room this week for a celebration of one whole year of After Dark. This week, we take a trip down memory lane with some of our favorite moments of the podcast over the last year, as well as looking ahead to some of the categories and nominees for the season finale awards show. But first, things get too heated between John Farruggia and Spencer. John has been on a war-path lately trying to provoke Spencer into accepting his challenge to a fist fight in Florida. Is this the week that Spencer finally relents and gives into the temptation of slapping John silly?! Find out on RUTH STAGE AFTERRRRRR DARRRRKKKKK!!!
RUTH STAGE After Dark Season 3 - #41 We're All Sick
We are back on Zoom again since everyone is rundown, overworked, tired, and ill. However, the pod must go on! Theater veteran and co-founder of Burning Coal Theatre Company, Jerry Davis joins us this week to share some insight and background into his theater group in Raleigh, North Carolina. Burning Coal is set to receive the "Austin Pendleton Legacy Grant" from Ruth Stage's Foundation for the Arts program this year. Also, John Farruggia isn't taking his spelling bee loss well and has sent in a video provoking Spencer even further. Will John ever relent on his desire to fight? Is Spencer truly "chicken" or just concerned for John's well-being? Find out tonight on RUTH STAGE AFTERRRRRR DARRRRRRKKKKK!!!
RUTH STAGE After Dark Season 3 - #40 A Tale of Two Pods
This week on After Dark, we bring in members of the Autism Community Theater; the recipient of our 2022 Bob Lamb Community Grant. Founder Gina DeMetrius and playwright/actor Ethan Thomas join us to discuss ACT's wonderful mission of bringing theater to Autistic teenagers and young adults. First, however, Spencer brings John Farruggia back to the show. After last week's heated back-and-forth exchange, The Boy Wonder is now reconsidering a fist fight with John. But first, John must defeat our No Neck Monster and Spencer's MUCH younger sister, Carly Gold, in a spelling bee to prove he is of sound mind. Can Farruggia triumph and convince Spencer to meet him in Florida to heal his wounded pride? Find out right now! It's Ruth Stage AFTERRRRR DARRRRRRKKKKK!
RUTH STAGE After Dark Season 3 - #39 Jordan Massee: The Real "Big Daddy"
This week on After Dark, we bring in Massee McKinley, a descendent of the real "Big Daddy" who Tennessee Williams based the famous Cat on a Hot Tin Roof character on. Christian Jules Leblanc joins in the discussion, as well, to gain deeper insight into the roots of his character. But first, John Farruggia responds to Spencer's inflammatory remarks about his poor fundraising skills, challenging Spencer to a full on fist fight. Is there a decisive bout brewing in Ruth Stage? Find out tonight. It's RUTH STAGE AFTER DAAAAARRRRK!