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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Sheryl Kaller Directs "Too Much, Too Much, Too Many" For Roundabout Underground

Rebecca Henderson as Emma & Phyllis Somerville as Rose in 'Too Much, Too Much, Too Many
Credit Joan Marcus

  Following the death of her husband, Rose locks herself in her bedroom for the better part of a year, leaving her daughter Emma to care for her through the closed door. When the church sends a pastor to help coax Rose out of her room, he soon finds that Rose is not the only one using barriers to hide her true feelings.

This is the plot of Too Much, Too Much, Too Many - a new play by Meghan Kennedy that is currently being produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Roundabout Underground - a program that showcases new plays that will either allow an experienced director to go back to their creative roots or give a debut production to an emerging writer or director.

Too Much, Too Much, Too Many is directed by Sheryl Kaller, the Tony nominated director of the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts. She has directed at many theaters including Primary Stages, Williamstown Theater Festival, and New York Stage and Film. She has directed and developed new plays and musicals with writers including Christopher Durang, David Henry Hwang, Nick Blaemire, Billy Porter, Alan Menken, and many others.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Actor Michael Zegen In "Bad Jews"

Molly Ranson, Tracee Chimo, and Michael Zegen in "Bad Jews"
Credit Joan Marcus

The Roundabout Theatre Company’s Roundabout Underground program gives productions to emerging playwrights. Last year, they had a hit with Bad Jews - a play by Joshua Harmon, directed by Daniel Aukin.

The show did so well in their 62-seat Black Box Theatre, in fact, that they brought it back to run in the Laura Pels Theatre (their bigger-small space) as part of their season this year - where it continues to earn excellent reviews and enthusiastic response from audiences.

In the play a young Jewish woman, Diana (played by Tracee Chimo, she prefers to be called by her Hebrew name, Daphna) fights with her cousin, Liam, to get a religious relic left behind by their recently deceased grandfather - who had kept it safe during his years in a concentration camp by holding it beneath his tongue. Liam’s brother (Jonah, played by Philip Ettinger) and girlfriend (Melody, played by Molly Ranson) observe and reluctantly weigh-in as Daphna and Liam argue and insult-sling as only family can.

Michael Zegen plays Liam in Bad Jews. Zegen attended Skidmore College and his other Off-Broadway credits include Liz Meriwether’s Oliver Parker! and Greg Moss’ punkplay. On television he’s been featured in recurring roles on The Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire, How to Make It in America, Rescue Me, and he’ll appear in the upcoming season of the HBO hit, Girls. His film credits include Adventureland, Taking Woodstock, and Frances Ha.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Mon December 2, 2013

"A Christmas Carol" At CapRep

 In Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol - five actors portray over 20 characters.

The story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly visitations is re-imagined with a fresh new physicality, the highly theatrical, sometimes comic, ultimately moving adaptation is sure to brighten up your holidays!

The show is currently running at Capital Repertory Theater in Albany, NY and stars our friend, Kevin McGuire as “Mr. Bah-Humbug” himself, Ebenezer Scrooge.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Actor Michael Cumpsty In "The Winslow Boy" And "Machinal"

Charlotte Parry and Michael Cumpsty in "The Winslow Boy"
Credit Joan Marcus

    British actor, Michael Cumpsty, is currently portraying Desmond Curry in The Roundabout Theatre Company production of Terence Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy - which The New York Times called “A stirring, moving and resonant drama that touches a deep chord." The play is running at the American Airlines Theater on 42nd St. in New York City through December 1st.

He will also perform in Roundabout’s next production at The American Airlines, Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal, which begins previews on December 20th.

Michael Cumpsty’s more than 16 Broadway credits include La Bête, Timon of Athens, Enchanted April and the musical revivals 1776, 42nd Street, and Sunday in the Park with George. His film credits include The Ice Storm, The Visitor, and Eat Pray Love; and on television he played Frank Kittredge on L.A. Law; Alan Singer on All My Children, and Fr. Brennan on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri November 15, 2013

"If All The Sky Were Paper" At The Linda 11/16

  If All The Sky Were Paper is a new play by Andrew Carroll based on his New York Times bestselling books War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars and Behind the Lines: Powerful and Revealing American and Foreign War Letters - And One Man's Search to Find Them.

In 1998, Carroll launched The Legacy Project, a national, all-volunteer initiative that works to find and preserve wartime correspondence. Carroll has traveled to 40 countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan, to seek out what he calls "the world's great, undiscovered literature,"and he has collected more than 90,000 previously unpublished letters and e-mails from every conflict in U.S. history.

The play has recently awarded a prestigious $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a $10,000 grant from the California Humanities to help reach audiences around the country through a series of readings and performances. The newly created Center for American War Letters, which Carroll founded, will house the Legacy Project's collection at Chapman University.

If All The Sky Were Paper will be performed at The Linda on Saturday, November 16 at 8:00 pm.

We are joined by Andrew Carroll and John Benitz, director of the production and Associate Professor in the College of Performing Arts - Department of Theatre at Chapman University in Orange, CA.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed November 13, 2013

WAM Theatre Presents "Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight"

WAM Theatre is currently presented the Northeast Regional Premiere of Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson as its fall production.

Today she is best known for her fifteen-year liaison with Voltaire, but Emilie Du Chatelet was more than a great man’s mistress. She was one of the leading interpreters of modern physics in Europe, as well as a master of mathematics and linguistics, during the Age of Enlightenment.

The play runs on the St. Germain Stage in the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center in Pittsfield, MA through November 24th. In keeping with WAM Theatre’s double philanthropic mission, a portion of proceeds from the box office will be donated to the Rite of Passage and Empowerment Program for Girls, founded by Pittsfield community leader Shirley Edgerton.

Kristen van Ginhoven is WAM’s Artistic Director, a member of the 2013 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and the director of Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Berkshire Theatre Group Presents “Mary And Edith: Musings By Women A Century Apart”

In the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Mary and Edith: Musings by Women a Century Apart, Mary Mott shares stories of her life and Kate Maguire and Kim Taylor perform a stage adaptation of a short story by one of the Berkshires’ most well known authors, Edith Wharton.

In Roman Fever, Mrs. Ansley and Mrs. Slade are old friends vacationing in Rome with their daughters. As the two reminisce, they begin to realize that the secrets they each hold about the past may not be as hidden as they thought.

Roman Fever by Edith Wharton and adapted by Eric Hil is directed by Keira Naughton and stars Kate Maguire (Berkshire Theatre Group and Artistic Director/CEO) and Kim Taylor who join us this morning to tell us more.

Interview includes a surprise visit from Kim's husband - James Taylor.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue October 8, 2013

"Venus in Fur" at CapRep

Thomas Novachek, a writer-director, laments the woeful parade of actresses who have auditioned for his new play, Venus in Fur. Enter Vanda, an out-of-work actress, who is the epitome of every fault he has described: crude, desperate and needy – or is she?

In the course of 90 minutes, we discover there is much more to Vanda, as she turns the tables and takes charge in this sexual roundelay about power and powerlessness. The play, written by David Ives, is currently running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY and stars Timothy Deenihan as Novachek and Jenny Strassburg as Vanda.

Jenny joins us along with Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Producing Artistic Director at Capital Rep and director of Venus in Fur, to tell us more.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed August 28, 2013

"Big Maggie" at Albany Civic Theater

    The play, Big Maggie by John B. Keane revolves around the domineering mother of four grown children. They are determined to go their own ways and are likely headed in the wrong directions.

Maggie's often-drunk, womanizing husband has died, so she is now free to exercise some control over her life and her children, much to the consternation of the young people.

The Albany Civic Theater production of Big Maggie opens this Friday.

Here now to tell us more are Kevin McNamara the Artistic Director at ACT; Patrick White who plays Byrne in Big Maggie and Kathleen Carey, the actress portraying the title character.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri August 23, 2013

"The Beauty Queen of Leenane" at Shakespeare and Company

    The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA is directed by Matthew Penn (making his debut with the Company). It features the indomitable Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer, long-time Company actor Elizabeth Aspenlieder, and newcomers Edmund Donovan and David Sedgwick.

Steeped with razor sharp wit, humor and humanity, The Beauty Queen of Leenane runs through September 15 in the Bernstein Theatre.

Set in the small village of Leenane, County Galway in Ireland, the play tracks the dysfunctional relationship between a mother and daughter who are locked in a dance of mutual loathing, which may prove more durable than any love. Irish writer Martin McDonagh has become one of the most powerful voices writing for stage and screen, and his critically acclaimed career began with a Tony Award-winning debut, The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

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