What is this? What? A new podcast episode? SURELY YOU JEST.
But nay! It is TRUTH–we have arrived at Exit 19 on the Road 2 Shambala, recorded, um, at various points between mid-May and October 5th, 2010, at Hootenanny Studios in Brooklyn, NY as well as our new, as-yet-unnamed recording/living digs. What a long, strange trip it’s been since Exit 18! As we touch on in the show’s intro, it was a hell of a crazy summer, replete with The Lu moving to VA for grad school, traveling about with Audience of Two doing some comedy on the road, and moving into a new apartment–my first time flying solo, as indicated by the current contents of my fridge: half a can of coffee, two Stellas, and some Wheat Thins. But you, dear listener, are surely not concerned with these trifles: you want your audio fix, and I am glad to provide it this week, with the assistance of some very important peoples:
- Virginia Coalition, whose music we are rocking exclusively this week
- My brother Jake, who sent his guest appearance 6,000 miles across the sea only to have it languish in our inbox for five months, because we are snakebitches
- Mike Brofman, Aditi Sriram, and Aaron Hollander–the latter of which literally moved to a new city between the time we recorded Vital Topics and today, when it is finally airing. This relocation was likely fueled by outrage as a result of our production delay, and had little to do with his pursuit of a PhD in theology at the University of Chicago.
- DJ Flav, for helping Boswell locate his tape player
- MOST IMPORTANTLY: All of you for sticking with us! It’s good to be back, and we are SO sorry that we stayed away so long.
As always, we encourage you to contact us with your thoughts on any and all matters via voicemail at 909-SHA-ZAPS or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. As soon as we are done kicking ourselves for this latest extended hiatus, we will git crackin’ on Exit 20. Cue Back in the Saddle…
A special edition Panel of Distinguished Theatrical Experts has convened at Stuck Between Studios–Kristin Skye Hoffmann (Wide-Eyed Productions), Jon Stancato (Stolen Chair Theatre Company), and Gus Schulenburg (Flux Theatre Ensemble) join us to talk about their work as independent theatre artists re-imagining the traditional theatre company model. NYTheatre.com named Stolen Chair among its People of the Year in 2005 for, among other things, its breathtaking “live silent film for the stage” The Man Who Laughs.. They awarded the same honor to Flux in 2008 for, also among other things, its Angel Eaters trilogy–a cycle of three full-length plays performed over the course of an entire day tracking one family’s mysterious curse from the Depression to the early ’70’s and far into the future. Wide-Eyed was named among 2009’s People of the Year for, also also among other things, Spin Cycle–an evening of five politically-minded one-acts thematically connected by interstitial video segments featuring a faux-Reilly (see what I did there?) TV host called The Spin Cycle. Listen to their brilliance by streaming the show below, or click here.
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We’re back at Stuck Between Studios this week with our Panel of Theatrical Experts, a special edition presentation featuring me over-using the word “absolutely” so as to seem insightful in the presence of my very intelligent guests.
Thanks to Kristin, Jon, and Gus for speaking so candidly and thoughtfully about their work, and I do hope you will join me in getting out to see everything they’ve got coming up. You can check out Wide Eyed Productions right here, Stolen Chair Theatre Company right here (and their Community Supported Theatre project in particular right here), and Flux Theatre Ensemble right here. These are ambitious peoples, my friends, and I was humbled to have them in the studio.
Hope your New Year is getting off to a marvelous beginning–thanks for spending this part of it with The Road 2 Shambala. We’ll be returning to our regularly scheduled programming this Thursday with Exit 12, which begins production right…NOW!