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  Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

    Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

  In The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote, Carrie Watts, a charming, aging widow escapes her controlling daughter-in-law and son’s three-room Houston apartment to visit her childhood home one last time.

Along the way, Miss Watts befriends fellow travelers, sharing her wisdom and courage on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to renew strength and dignity for all.

The Trip to Bountiful is current running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY. Kevin Craig West plays Ludie Watts and he joins us.

  The Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City is celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary this year. The largest non-for-profit theatre company in America, Roundabout has grown from a small 150-seat theatre in a converted supermarket basement to operating five stages on and off Broadway.

Education at Roundabout is a branch of the organization that connects with students and teachers through customized school partnerships, residency programs, mentorships and workshops, internships, apprenticeships, backstage tours, talkbacks and pre-show workshops. For each Roundabout production, Education also creates Upstage guides, which include interviews, contextual information, teacher resources and activities, and presents a post-show Lecture Series -- reaching 22,000 students and teachers each year.

Jennifer DiBella is the Director of Education at Roundabout.

Education at Roundabout’s 6th Annual Student Theatre Arts Festival will take place on May 16th.

  Derek McLane is a Tony and Emmy Award-winning production designer for stage and screen. He designed the last four consecutive Academy Awards telecasts and all three of NBC’s recent LIVE musical events: The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, and The Wiz. He was the production designer for the HBO documentary, Becoming Mike Nichols and the European tour, Hans Zimmer Revealed.

McLane’s most recent design to open on Broadway is for Fully Committed written by Becky Mode, directed by Jason Moore, and starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson. A selection of previous Broadway show’s on his resume are: Noises Off, Beautiful, the Carole King Musical, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Follies, Anything Goes, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, and 33 Variations -- for which he won his Tony Award in 2009.

In our region he’s worked at The Williamstown Theatre Festival and is designing Barrington Stage Company’s Musical Theatre Lab World Premiere of Presto Change-o, which opens later this month in Pittsfield. He’s a busy guy - that list includes less than half of what he’s done and we didn’t even mention everything he’s working on this week.

  CENTERstage Productions hosts Warrior Productions and The Second Annual Short Play Festival at The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck May 6, 7 & 8.

Eight short plays of new and original works will be showcased and we are joined by Elaine Fernandez, playwright and President and Founder of Warrior Productions; and playwrights Marianna Boncek and Nadeen Currie.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Will Gallacher (Tin Man puppeteer), James Ortiz (the Tin Man/Nick Chopper) and Eliza Martin Simpson as Nimmee, the object of the Tin Man’s affection
Matthew Murphy

  The critically acclaimed Off-Broadway re-telling of how Oz's Tin Man lost his heart features James Ortiz as the star, creator, puppet designer, co-director and writer in The Woodsman, a beautiful imaginative theatrical experience by Strangemen & Co.

The show is currently running at New World Stages in New York City.

Becky Mode, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Jason Moore
Walter McBride / Getty Images

  Fully Committed starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson opens tonight at the Lyceum Theatre in New York City.

The play, written by Becky Mode, follows a day in the life of Sam. His job is to man the red-hot reservation line at Manhattan's number-one restaurant. Jesse Tyler Ferguson (best known for his Emmy nominated work as Mitchell on ABC’s Modern Family) plays all 40 characters, acting out the coercion, threats, bribes, and histrionics of both the would-be patrons and the staff at the very chic eatery.

Jason Moore directs this production which is scheduled for a limited run through July 24th. Moore directed the films Sisters, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and Pitch Perfect. For Broadway he's directed Shrek The Musical and the Tony Award winning production of Avenue Q.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

  Pam MacKinnon is one of America’s most acclaimed theatre directors. In 2013, MacKinnon earned both the Tony Award for Best Direction and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play for the 50th Anniversary Broadway revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? In 2010, she won an Obie Award, and was nominated for Tony and Lortel Awards, as the director of Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park, which received the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play.

She is an alumna of the Drama League, Women’s Project, and the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, as well as an Associate Artist of the Roundabout Theater Company, executive board member of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and board chair of Clubbed Thumb, a New York City downtown theatre company dedicated to new American plays.

She will deliver the 20th annual Burian Lecture at the University at Albany on Monday, April 18 at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center on the University at Albany’s uptown campus. Earlier that same day, at 4:15 p.m., MacKinnon will hold an informal seminar, which will also be held in the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center on the UAlbany uptown campus.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Frank Langella and Hannah Cabell in the American premiere of The Father at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
Joan Marcus

    Now 80 years old, André was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne and her husband Antoine. Or was he an engineer whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pajamas, and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control.

Manhattan Theatre Club  presents The Father, a play by Florian Zeller that The Guardian called “an astonishingly unguarded play about the cruelties of love and the limits of patience.” Christopher Hampton’s translation is directed for MTC by Doug Hughes and stars 3-time Tony Award winner Frank Langella as André. The show opens Thursday, April 15th.

Hannah Cabell plays Laura. She worked with Hughes and Langella previously on Broadway in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of A Man for All Seasons. Her Off-Broadway credits inclue Men on Boats, Major Barbara, Grounded, Collapse, 3C, Compulsion, Zero Hour, Pumpgirl, Jane Eyre, Gentleman Caller, and Mark Smith.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: Hello, My Name Is Doris

Upcoming:
Bearthoven and Battle Trance- EMPAC, Troy, Thursday, April 7
WCDB’s 38th Anniversary—Jazz Night- The Low Beat, Albany, Friday, April 8
The Realish Housewives of Clifton Park- Proctors, Schenectady, Friday-Sunday, April 8-10
Crystal Bowersox- Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Saturday, April 9
The Cat and the Canary with live music- Capitol Theatre, Rome, Saturday, April 9
An Evening With CS Lewis (with actor David Payne)- Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Sunday, April 10 at 2:30 PM
NY Theatre Ballet’s Cinderella- The Egg, Albany, Sunday, April 10 at 3 PM
Artemis Quartet   (Mozart, Shostakovich, Beethoven)- Union College Memorial Chapel, Schenectady, Sunday, April 10 at 3 PM
Sam Bush- Egg, Albany, Sunday, April 10
Zvi Dance- University at Albany PAC, Albany, Sunday, April 10
Neil deGrasse Tyson: An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies- Proctors, Schenectady, Monday, April 11

  In 1996, David Payne attended an audition at Nashville’s prestigious Tennessee Performing Arts Center in the hopes of landing a small part in this play about C.S. Lewis and his American wife. What was a surprise is that he landed the lead role and a stage career had been begun.

Since those early performances in 1996, Payne who, on stage, uncannily looks like Lewis, has since played the famous author in a number productions. Yet it is his portrayal of Lewis in An Evening with C.S. Lewis that has won him many accolades and thrilled the many, many thousands that have attended over 500 performances.

David Payne will be performing the show on Sunday at 2:30 at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

  Taylor Mac is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director and producer who is currently creating a 24-hour durational concert called, “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.”

6 hours of the project, representing the six decades between 1836 and 1896, will be performed at MASS MoCA in North Adams Massachusetts this Saturday, April 9th from 4 to 10pm. Audience members are encouraged to come and going during the performance.

Taylor Mac was recently name-checked in a New York Magazine article about why New York Theater is thriving and The New York Times said “Fabulousness can come in many forms, and Taylor Mac seems intent on assuming each and every one of them.”

Calendar Girls At HMT

Apr 6, 2016

  Based on a true story, Calendar Girls tells the tale of best friends Annie and Chris, who resolve to raise money for their local hospital** by persuading four fellow members of their women’s club to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar.

Home Made Theater closes their 31st season with Tim Firth’s heartwarming comedy - the show runs weekends April 15th through May 1st at the Spa Little Theater in the Saratoga Spa State Park.

We are joined by the production’s Director, Dianne O’Neill Filer; and actors Devra Cohen-Tigor and Joan Meyer who play Annie and Chris respectively.

Laura Benanti in She Loves Me
Joan Marcus

  As part of its 50th Anniversary season, Roundabout Theatre Company is currently presenting a revival of She Loves Me. The musical, with a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock, was the first musical Roundabout ever produced. That production opened in 1993 and was directed by Scott Ellis who returns to helm the show currently sparkling in jewel tones at Studio 54.

The musical is an adaptation of the play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo. The films The Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail boast the same source material. The cast includes Zachary Levi, Jane Krakowski, Gavin Creel and, our guest, Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti who plays Amalia Balash.

Laura Benanti won a Tony for her performance as Louise in Gypsy (with Patti LuPone as Rose); and she was nominated for Swing, Into the Woods, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Her television credits include Supergirl, Nashville, Nurse Jackie, Royal Pains, Law & Order: SVU, and Go On.

  Bedlam theatre company in New York City has created a production of Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility that The New York Times called an “enchanting romp of a play … [with] buoyant spirits, cunning stagecraft and enlivening insights …”

Adapted for the stage by Kate Hamill and directed by Eric Tucker, Bedlam’s lively Sense & Sensibility may appeal to those who don’t usually like Jane Austen, but the production doesn’t betray its source material - emphasizing the values, society, proprietary, and human frailties.

Andrus Nichols is the Producing Director & Co-Founder of Bedlam, she plays Elinor Dashwood in Sense & Sensibility and she joins us to talk about the show, the company, and her connections to the WAMC area.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Chris McGarry and Timothee Chalamet in "Prodigal Son" at Manhattan Theatre Club.
Joan Marcus

  Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley’s latest play, Prodigal Son, ends its run at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City tomorrow.  

Written and directed by Shanley, the autobiographical play features a 17-year-old boy from The Bronx who finds himself in a private school in New Hampshire. He’s violent and gifted, with a passion for writing and an intense desire to understand and control the world and his life. Two faculty members, played by Robert Sean Leonard and Chris McGarry wrestle with the dilemma: Is the kid a star or a disaster?

Chris McGarry has worked with John Patrick Shanley a number of times. Here, we speak with McGarry about what working with Shanley has meant to him.


  Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $250 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Broadway Cares awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, The Dancers’ Resource and the Stage Managers’ Project.

Their Spring appeal is happening in Broadway houses and across the country right now. The 2016 Easter Bonnet Competition takes place April 25 & April 26 at the Minskoff Theatre in New York City.

Our guest, Tom Viola is the Executive Director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: The Bronze, Only Yesterday

Upcoming: 

Youth FX: New Films- Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany , Thu 3/24 6:30 PM

Abraham Ferraro: Every Which Way- Arts Center of the Capital Region, 3/25 (-4/24) Reception 5-9 PM as part of . . .

Troy Night Out- Troy, Fri 3/25 5-9 PM

Saturday Morning All You Can Eat Cartoon & Cereal Show- GE Theatre at Proctors, Sat 3/26 10 AM (3 Hours)

Comedy Pet Theatre- Egg, Albany, 3/26 3 PM

Enter the Haggis- Egg, Albany, 3/26 8 PM

Parmalee- Upstate Concert Hall, Saturday 3/26

Yo La Tengo- Helsinki Hudson, Saturday 3/26

The African Queen- Palace, 3/28 Mon

Straight No Chaser- Palace, Wed 3/30

 

New Movies: Batman vs. Superman, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

*Master Control room is being refurbished and today is the first day we were in the temporary control room. As a result - as of now we are not be able to access the audio for today's segment with Shawn Stone. We apologize. 

 

  Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: 10 Cloverfield Lane starring John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

 

Upcoming:

Aaron Neville- Helsinki Hudson, 3/17 Thu

St. Patrick’s Day Punk Celebration featuring Hudson Falcons, New Red Scare- The Low Beat, 3/17 Thu

Paul Lewis, piano (Brahms, Schubert, Liszt)- Union College Concert Series, 3/18 Fri

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show w/Adrienne Iapalucci- Underground at Proctors, 3/19 Sat

Moved in Noir, an audiovisual/movement performance hosted by Senem Pirler- EMPAC, 3/19 Sat

Albany Symphony Orchestra w/Sleeping Giant- Palace, 3/19 Sat

(Barber, Vivaldi, Mozart, Andrew Norman, more) Sunday Symphony for Families: The Superhero Show- Palace, 3/20 Sun 3 PM

The Decho Saxophone Quartet (Bach, Glass, more) deBlasiis Chamber Music Series- Hyde Collection, 3/20 Sun 2 PM

David Cross- Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 3/20 Sun

Carly Rae Jepsen- Upstate Concert Hall, 3/22 Tue

Disney’s The Lion King- Proctors Mainstage, 3/22 Tue (through April 17)

 

New movies: Hello My Name Is Doris, The Bronze, Only Yesterday, Allegiant, Miracles From Heaven

Saturday from 4-8, the Queensbury Hotel will host the Glens Falls Brewfest – a local beer event with proceeds going to support The Adirondack Theatre Festival and the Feeder Canal Alliance.

Here to tell us more are Heather Carroll, Managing Director of Adirondack Theatre Festival and Jeanne Williams – Executive Director of the Feeder Canal Alliance. 

  The Blue-Sky Boys dramatizes the unorthodox creative process used by a group of maverick engineers at NASA to land men on the moon.  It’s a wild comedy about the beginnings of the Apollo space mission and about the crossroads of science and art.

Capital Repertory Theater in Albany, NY will launch (pun intended) a production of the play directed by Gordon Greenberg. Previews begin tonight and the show opens on Tuesday.

The show is written by Deborah Brevoort who joins us to tell us more. 

  For forty years John Hadden and his father of the same name fought at the dinner table over politics, art, and various issues concerning America. One was haunted by what he had witnessed during his long CIA career, from Berlin to Tel Aviv; the other retreated to the Vermont woods to direct Shakespeare until finally he confronted his father at the table one last time with a tape recorder.

His book, Conversations with a Masked Man is a series of conversations Hadden had with his father about the older man's thirty-year career as a CIA officer and how American policy affected the family and the world.

John Hadden has worked in the theater for forty years. He was artistic director of the Hubbard Hall Theater Company, a founding member of Shakespeare & Co, associate artist with We Players, and cofounder and artistic director of Counterpoint Theater in Boston. His solo show, Travels with a Masked Man, is composed of excerpts from the book.

  March 18th through the 20th, Rachel Siegel and WAM Theatre will present a workshop production of SPECIAL – a play in development created and performed by Rachel Siegel – at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, MA.

Based on personal experience and inspired by interviews with mothers of children with special needs, SPECIAL follows one woman's journey after she discovers she is pregnant with a child with Down syndrome.

Rachel Siegel joins us now along with Jayne Atkinson who is acting as co-director for the workshop.

  

  Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, London Has Fallen

Upcoming:
Ebene Quartet (Haydn, Debussy, Beethoven) - Union College Memorial Chapel, 3/10 Thu
ICFS presents Godzilla double feature - Proctors, 3/11 Fri
Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Guy - Times Union Center, 3/11 Fri
The Phantom Carriage - NYSWI Page Hall/UAlbany, 3/11 Fri
Lucy Kaplansky - Caffe Lena, 3/11 Fri
Antoine Roney Quartet - Madison Theater, 3/12 Sat
Tarbox Ramblers - Helsinki Hudson, 3/12 Sat
An Afternoon w/Sophia Loren - Proctors, 3/13 Sun 3 PM
Jerusalem Symphony Orch. (Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saens) - Troy Chromatic Concerts/TSBMH, 3/14 Mon

New movies: Embrace of the Serpent, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Brothers Grimsby, The Perfect Match

 

  Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: Where to Invade Next

Oscar Predictions

Upcoming:

Disney's Fantasia Live in Concert - Proctors, Schenectady 2/25 Thu

Paula Poundstone - Charles R. Wood Theater, Glens Falls 2/26 Fri

Kaki King - The Egg, Albany 2/26 Fri

Bridge Jazz Festival with Nnenna Freelon, Pierre Bensusan - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 2/26 Fri,  with  Arch Stanton Quartet, the No BS! Brass Band, and Delfeayo and Ellis Marsalis- Massry Center for the Arts, The College of Saint Rose 2/27 Sat 

Winter Exhibit Reception - Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson 2/28 Sun 2-4

Dover Quartet with Anthony McGill - Union College Concert Series 2/28 Sun 3pm

Dave Mason and Leon Russell - The Egg, Albany 2/28 

New Movies - Gods of Egypt, Eddie the Eagle

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