The Theater Project thinks about... was created as a way to take our patrons on a “deeper dive” into the process of the actors, directors, playwrights & other artists in our community, as well as the mechanics of bringing an artist’s work to an audience.
Writing for Stage vs Screen
New Jersey native Bill Mesce, Jr. is an author of fiction and non-fiction, as well as a screenwriter and playwright. He talks with Mark Spina about the differences in approach when writing for the stage versus the screen. Bill's first novel, The Advocate, won in the novel-writing category of the America’s Best competition, and was followed by two equally-acclaimed sequels, Officer of the Court and The Defender, as well as the non-fiction works Peckinpah’s Women: A Reappraisal of the Portrayal of Women in the Period Westerns of Sam Peckinpah and Artists on the Art of Survival: Observations on Frustration, Perspiration, and Inspiration for the Young Artist. His screenwriting credits include Road Ends, starring Dennis Hopper and Mariel Hemingway, and uncredited work on Brian DePalma’s political thriller Blow Out. His plays include A Jersey Cantata, which was named one of the best new plays to debut in New Jersey in the 97-98 season, and will be revived this summer by The Theater Project in Maplewood. Credits:Audio Engineer Gary GlorOne Heartbeat Away is provided to The Theater Project by Gail Lou References: Neil Simon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_SimonPaddy Chayefsky https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paddy_ChayefskyAaron Sorkin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_SorkinA Few Good Men https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104257/Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who%27s_Afraid_of_Virginia_Woolf%3F_(film)The Odd Couple. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Odd_Couple_(film)Glengarry Glen Ross https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104348/Mike Nichols https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001566/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0The Hospital https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067217/Network https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074958/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1Sidney Lumet https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidney_LumetNed Beatty https://en.wikipedia.
Mary Iannelli talks with her previous students to see what impact theater has had on them, their lives and their futures. Credits:Audio Engineer Alex GomezOne Heartbeat Away is provided to The Theater Project by Gail Lou References:Montclair State University: https://www.montclair.edu/ (https://www.montclair.edu/)Governor Livingston High School: https://www.bhpsnj.org/livingston (https://www.bhpsnj.org/livingston)Ithaca College: https://www.ithaca.edu/ (https://www.ithaca.edu/)University of Virginia: https://www.virginia.edu/ (https://www.virginia.edu/)Villanova University: https://www1.villanova.edu/university.html (https://www1.villanova.edu/university.html)William and Mary: https://www.wm.edu/ (https://www.wm.edu/)Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey LLC (RMANJ): https://rmanetwork.com/our-locations/rma-new-jersey/ (https://rmanetwork.com/our-locations/rma-new-jersey/)
"We Are Numbers" by Julian Martin
3rd place winner of our 2021 Young Playwrights Competition, Julian Martin introduces an audio reading of his award winning play, We Are Numbers. Followed by an interview of Julian by 2018 1st place and 2017 3rd place winner, Kianni Keys.Credits:Audio Engineer Alex GomezOne Heartbeat Away is provided to The Theater Project by Gail Lou References:We Are Numbers by Julian Martin Rory: Jonathan BaumNoah: Mason BeiterApril: Andrea BernardoJack: Bryan Rodriquez Director: Dennis DaPrile Quote: David Lynch“I don't know why people expect art to make sense. They accept the fact that life doesn't make sense.”Jul 29, 2019
Juggling Two Careers
Only a minority of actors, directors, and playwrights live their lives signing autographs beside swimming pools or in penthouses; the vast majority will juggle side by side careers for most of their working lives -- three careers if they are raising families. Harry Patrick Christian and Mark Spina reflect on lives spent straddling that particular fence.
Michael Striano discusses all the ins and outs of being a background actor - how to get work as an "extra" and what you should expect once you get it.Credits:Audio Engineer Gary GlorOne Heartbeat Away is provided to The Theater Project by Gail Lou References:Michael Striano: IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5001524/ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5001524/) Backstage: https://www.backstage.com/u/MichaelStriano/ (https://www.backstage.com/u/MichaelStriano/) FB: https://www.facebook.com/mstriano/ (https://www.facebook.com/mstriano/)Central Casting: https://www.centralcasting.com/ (https://www.centralcasting.com/)Grant Wilfley Casting: https://www.gwcnyc.com/ (https://www.gwcnyc.com/)Casting Networks: https://www.castingnetworks.com/ (https://www.castingnetworks.com/)“The Hollers”: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3714720/ (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3714720/)Irish Rep Theater: https://irishrep.org/ (https://irishrep.org/)Wonder Wheel: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5825380/ (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5825380/)
Up & Coming
2nd place winner of The Theater Project’s 2021 Young Playwright Competition, Ryan Rosenthal introduces an audio reading of his award-winning play, The Patron's Redeemer. Followed by an interview of Ryan by 2018 1st place and 2017 3rd place winner, Kianni Keys.Credits:Audio Engineer Alex GomezOne Heartbeat Away is provided to The Theater Project by Gail Lou
Great interview and very informative. Something all new young artists should hear so the don’t just think you can be a star overnight. That you should learn the craft. An added bonus at the end is a beautiful song by Gail Lou.
love this podcast!!
If you have a passion for the music industry or just like music in general, this is the podcast to listen to. I’ve retained so much useful information from these podcasts and they also opened my mind to parts of music I never knew about before. I definitely recommend listening!!