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Rachel Lin speaks with the theater artists shaping the landscape of American Theater today. Join her, as she chats with the most exciting theater makers of our generation about their careers, the challenges, and how they lead a life in the arts.

Upstage Left | Intimate Conversations with New York Theater Rachel Lin

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Rachel Lin speaks with the theater artists shaping the landscape of American Theater today. Join her, as she chats with the most exciting theater makers of our generation about their careers, the challenges, and how they lead a life in the arts.

    An Interview with Actor, Director, and Co-Founder of Big Dance Theater: Paul Lazar

    An Interview with Actor, Director, and Co-Founder of Big Dance Theater: Paul Lazar

    We are thrilled to chat with Downtown Theater Icon: Paul Lazar. From making appearances in movies that became cult classics (Married to the Mob, Silence of the Lambs, Old Boy, Snowpiercer), to his recent Broadway appearance in Macbeth directed by Sam Gold with Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga -- following Paul's career is like a game of Where's Waldo?  You never know where you'll spot him next!

    In this episode we talk:
    Early beginnings - how Paul found his way into the Downtown worldThe current state of "Downtown Theater" - what is it? And where is it now?What it's like to work so closely with his wife, choreographer and co-founder of Big Dance Theater, Annie-B ParsonsYou can currently see Paul in Maria Irene Fornes's seminal work: Mud/Drowning at Mabou Mines, alongside May 2019 guest: Wendy Vanden Huevel.

    If you liked this episode and want to hear more -- check out Manhattan Theatre Club's Beyond the Stage podcast! The latest episode features our host chatting with playwrights: Martyna Majok and Jeff Augustin.  With a handy discount code to their upcoming plays at MTC in the shownotes!

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    An Interview with TV, Stage, & Film Actor: Didi O'Connell

    An Interview with TV, Stage, & Film Actor: Didi O'Connell

    In this episode, Rachel speaks with veteran TV, stage, and film actor: Deirdre O'Connell.

    Didi is the 2022 Tony Award winner for Best Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Dana Higginbotham in Lucas Hnath's Dana H. She is also the recipient of the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement award this year, and has racked up multiple awards over the years, including a 2005 Obie for Sustained Excellence. Rachel was eager to find out more about Didi's process and what it takes to maintain such a storied career.

    Tune into this episode to learn:
    Didi's trick for auditioning for TV & FilmHer experience doing Corsicana right after her Tony winWhat it was like for her starting out as a newbie in New YorkFor any theater practitioner, this is truly not an episode to be missed. You can catch Didi in this Lincoln Center's production of Sarah Ruhl's Becky Nurse of Salem this fall.  Or watch her Tony acceptance speech as a reminder to keep doing what you're doing.

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    Upstage Left Host, Rachel Lin, chats with Kendall Cafaro

    Upstage Left Host, Rachel Lin, chats with Kendall Cafaro

    For the 32nd episode, we decided it might be a good idea to introduce our listeners to the host of this podcast: Rachel Lin. After much convincing, Rachel zooms with social media manager and actor, Kendall Cafaro, to discuss Rachel's time in the theater and how this podcast came to be.

    Recorded in April of 2022, turn in to learn about the actor, writer, and person asking the questions. Kendall & Rachel discuss:
    the artistic communities & spaces Rachel has been a part ofsome goals and hopes for the podhow Upstage Left has fared through the pandemic, and how we're feeling about theater at large now that shows are up and runningThank you so much for tuning in. As always, you can find us on IG @Upstageleftpodcast and on Twitter @Upstageleftpod
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    An Interview with Playwright: Anchuli Felicia King

    An Interview with Playwright: Anchuli Felicia King

    Rachel chats with playwright & screenwriter, Anchuli Felicia King, whose play Golden Shield  is currently running at Manhattan Theatre Club through June 12. Her work also includes White Pearl which world premiered at the Royal Court in London and has received productions at the Studio Theatre in DC, as well as Sydney Theatre Company earlier this year. She is also on the writing team of the new HBO Max original series The Baby.

    In this episode Rachel & Felicia discuss:
    how Felicia ended up becoming a writer, despite not having set out to be oneFelicia's relationship to writing BIG plays and tackling global issues in multiple languagesher ambitions, which actually fall outside the realm of theaterTickets and info for Golden Shield can be found HERE. Did you know if you are under 35 you can access $30 tickets at MTC? Learn more HERE.
    The article in Howlround Rachel mentions briefly HERE.
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    An Interview with Director: Taylor Reynolds

    An Interview with Director: Taylor Reynolds

    In this episode, Rachel chats with Taylor Reynolds -  one the most in demand theater directors currently working off-Broadway, and a producing artistic leader of The Movement Theatre Company. This season her work included: Tambo & Bones at Playwrights Horizons, Man Cave by John J. Caswell Jr. presented by P 73, and Songs About Trains playing at the New Ohio Theatre through April 18.

    Rachel & Taylor talk about:
    Taylor's approach to these larger than life theatrical new worksHow Taylor made her way as a director, forgoing the assistant/associate routeTaylor's relationship to the 'white gaze'  and how it's continually changingVisit our sponsors: Northwestern University Press @
    nupress.northwestern.edu and use POD20 to receive 20% off

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    An interview with Actor, Director, & Artistic Director: William Carden

    An interview with Actor, Director, & Artistic Director: William Carden

    Rachel chats with Billy Carden, the current leader of her artistic home, Ensemble Studio Theatre. With almost 50 years in the biz and close to 30 as an artistic director (first at HB Playwrights Foundation & Theatre, then at EST), Billy is a wealth of theater history and knowledge.

    The two speak about:
    - the acting job that took him to the Public & Lincoln Centre
    - what it was like to direct Uta Hagen
    - and the legacy he's leaving behind: "the quality of the how people talk to each other on stage"

    It was a thrill to walk down memory lane with Billy, and remember the places he's been and consider what he hopes next for the historic theater he's leaving behind.

    This episode is made possible by Northwestern University Press and their new release: This is my Office and Notes on my Mother's Decline two plays by Andy Bragen with a foreword by Sarah Ruhl. Get 20% off this book and all other titles by the imprint with code POD20 at nupress.northwestern.edu. Be sure to visit their website to see what's available!

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