7 episodes

This podcast tells the stories of the struggles and triumphs a group of college students experienced creating the Hippodrome, a small regional avant-garde theatre in Gainesville, Florida.

Funding for this podcast was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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This podcast tells the stories of the struggles and triumphs a group of college students experienced creating the Hippodrome, a small regional avant-garde theatre in Gainesville, Florida.

Funding for this podcast was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    Act 6

    Act 6

    Act 6 - In the final episode, founder Mary Hausch speaks about how they brought a new kind of theatre to Gainesville with the help and support of the community. The episode also includes voices from the Hipp’s education department, which is led by Education Director Gabrielle Byam. In this episode, we’ll talk about community building, education, and also look ahead to the future of the Hipp.

    Funding for this podcast was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this podcast do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    • 39 min
    Act 5

    Act 5

    Act 5 - Marilyn Wall’s artistic talent inspired others to push themselves creatively, and she also saw creative potential in others and fostered it. This episode explores Marilyn's creativity and care. 

    Funding for this podcast was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this podcast do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    • 40 min
    Act 4

    Act 4

    Act 4 - In this episode, we’ll tell you about the Hippodrome’s roots as an avant-garde and experimental theatre that engaged in activism and social commentary through their performances with the help of Hippodrome founder Kerry Oliver Smith.

    Funding for this podcast was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this podcast do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    • 26 min
    Act 3

    Act 3

    Act 3 - The Hippodrome and Tennessee. 

    By the late 1970s, the Hipp was still in the warehouse out on 441, and they had made a name for themselves in Gainesville. But premiering a major playwright's work on their stage? That hadn’t happened...yet. In 1979, Tennessee Williams came to Gainesville for the premiere of his play Tigertail.

    Funding for this podcast was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this podcast do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    • 31 min
    Act 2

    Act 2

    Act 2 - With the help of Hippodrome founder Bruce Cornwell, this episode recounts the behind-the-scenes tales from the early days of the Hippodrome and tells the story of a show that put the Hippodrome on the map: Equus.

    Funding for this podcast was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this podcast do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    • 33 min
    Act 1

    Act 1

    Act 1 - On April 18, 1973, the Hippodrome Theater was officially founded in Gainesville, Florida. In this episode, Hippodrome founder Gregory von Hausch tells the story of the founding of the theater and its early triumphs and struggles. 

    Funding for this podcast was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this podcast do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    • 37 min

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Dooglibes ,

Great memories!

Just discovered and so enjoying the stories! I had two very tiny roles in ‘MacBeth’ and ‘Marat/Sade’ at the Hawthorne Road venue and it totally changed my view of what theater could be. We came on stage through a hatch door from below. I remember a performance of MacBeth for a judge’s conference at UF and the nearly nude witches slithered onstage for the first scene. The judges seemed delighted! Bruce, Kerry, Greg, Mary, Marilyn—I love you all! BTW I brought Edward Albee over for a performance of ‘The Dining Room’ in 1982 and he very much enjoyed it.

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