All tagged Playwright

Call Answered: November 8, 2016 was doomsday for a lot of people. Since then everyone has been finding their own way to get this dingbat removed from the White House. Well, Emmy award winning writer Nancy Holson has found her way to fight the resistance...she has written a hilarious new show called "Me The People," a musical revue lampooning #45. An uproarious take on the craven, self-dealing Trump agenda intent on tearing apart our government. "Me The People" plays the Triad Theater NYC!
Call Redialed: Once again Marina Tempelsman & Nicco Aeed have answered my call! Their haunting comedy "Unpacking: A Ghost Story Told In The Dark" is returning to the stage. In an unconventional staging, the audience lends a hand by lighting the stage for a couple that is literally, & figuratively, feeling their way through the dark. In "Unpacking," a happy couple moves into their new home, but the novelty of homeownership quickly fades. "Unpacking" plays HERE 7/26-8/13!
Call Answered: I came to know Doug DeVita while he was Marketing Director of Abingdon Theatre Company. After seeing "Lane Bradbury: Let Me Entertain You, Again" which Doug wrote, I'm so excited to see his new play "The Phillie Trilogy" which is part of the 2017 Fresh Fruit Festival. "The Phillie Trilogy" is about growing up gay in the "fabulous" 70s which was no picnic for the precocious "Phillie McDougal." "The Phillie Trilogy" will play The Wild Project 7/19 6:30pm, 7/22 4:30pm, 7/23 3:30pm!
Call Answered: When I saw that Crystal Skillman had a show in the 2nd Annual Women in Theatre Festival, I was over the moon that she answered my call! I was quite taken by the subject of Crystal's play "The Test" about an English teacher in a struggling high school who readies her junior students for the most important test of their lives. "The Test" will be part of Project Y Theatre Company's evening of plays entitled "Great Again," at the A.R.T./New York Theatres in NYC from 6/1-6/24!
Call Redialed: It's so great to catch up with playwright Marshall Pailet, who I first got to interview in 2015. This time around we get talk about the remounting of his show, "Baghdaddy," co-written with A.D. Penedo, a new musical based upon the true story of the Iraqi defector whose false intelligence was passed all the way through the CIA to become the justification for the Iraq War, which continues today. "Baghdaddy" plays St. Luke's Theater through 6/25 only!
Call Answered: In "Sunset Boulevard," "Norma Desmond" sings "I've come home at last!" & that is what I love abt Christina Franklin's journey w/TADA! Youth Theater. She started out in TADA's! Youth Ensemble & now has come back as the writer/director of their latest production, "New York, New Year," which tells the story of "Tess" who moves to NYC in the middle of the school year from her hometown of Missouri & wonders how she will fit in. "New York, New Year" plays TADA! Youth Theater 4/29-5/21!
Call Answered: If you loved the finale of "Feud: Bette and Joan," then be sure to check out the second part of my interview with "Feud" writer Michael Zam, who gives us the backstage stories that didn't make it into the show as well as some insight to Bette Davis & Joan Crawford! Live from The Algonquin Hotel, Michael Zam & I go at it again with even more tales from "Feud: Bette and Joan!"
Call Redialed: What can I say about the man who adores me to no end? I can't believe I've known Joe Gulla for 8 years, seeing him go from fellow blogger to award winning playwright! I'm thrilled to bring this NEW interview to you about Joe's latest play, GARBO, recounting his 3-year "unrequited" love affair with the bartender/owner of the tiny, hidden, candle-lit Garbo Bar in Rome, Italy. GARBO will be presented in the 2017 Downtown Urban Arts Festival on Tuesday, 5/9 at The Cherry Lane Theatre!
Call Answered: Live from The Algonquin Hotel, "Call Me Adam" goes face to face with "Feud: Bette and Joan" writer Michael Zam! From the story lines to the characters to clearing up misconceptions about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, I get the inside scoop on what it takes to bring the hit FX show to life. Michael & I had so much fun together that we had to divide this interview into two parts. The second half, will be released soon. "Feud: Bette and Joan" airs every Sunday on FX at 10pm!
Call Answered: Last week I had the opportunity to go see Monica Piper's one-woman show "Not That Jewish," a hilarious heartfelt show about her life in comedy, the Bronx, and being Jew-"ish." From family to relationships to laughter, "Not That Jewish" has something for everyone! I love all the behind-the-scene stories Monica shares with me in this interview about her life and the show. "Not That Jewish" plays at New World Stages through 4/30 only!
Call Redialed: Ever since I first interviewed playwright Joe Tracz a few years ago for his musical "Be More Chill," I have kept my eye on what he has been creating. It's such a joy to catch up with him on his latest endeavors: Netflix's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" (starring Neil Patrick Harris) & the new, original Off-Broadway show "The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical," currently playing at The Lucille Lortel Theatre through 5/6!
Call Answered: For the past 10 years I have been enjoying the talents of Sean Patrick Monahan in Charles Busch's "Times Square Angel." Now, Sean Patrick is presents his original musical "DIVA: Live From Hell," a devilish new musical that charts a high school musical nerd’s descent into madness. I'm beyond excited when I called, Sean Patrick answered! We had fun talking about everything from DIVAS to legends to angels! "DIVA: Live From Hell" will run from 3/23-4/9 at The Theater for the New City!
Call Answered: I first heard about Brad Zimmerman's show "My Son The Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy" when it had its NYC run in 2014, but never got to see it. I'm so grateful for second chances because when I called, Brad answered. "My Son The Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy" is the hilarious & inspiring story about the grit & passion it takes to "make it" as an artist & the sweet rewards that come from never giving up! "My Son The Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy" will play Bucks County Playhouse from 3/23-4/9!
Call Answered: I've never read nor seen a "Harry Potter" book/movie, but I'm intrigued by the "Harry Potter" phenomenon. When I heard about Matt Cox's show "PUFFS or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic," I cast a spell for him to answer my call & vuala, this interview ensued. Some people are born with the capacity to do great things. "PUFFS" is the story of the people who sit in class next to those people. "PUFFS" plays New World Stages NYC!
Call Answered: This year there are three words that easily grab my attention: "This Is Us." When I received an e-mail with the subject line "Interview with NBC "This Is Us" actor" I had already decided I would interview whomever the e-mail was about. When I found out it was actor/playwright, John Pollono, I was even more excited! John's new play "Lost Girls," is currently playing at Theatre Exile's Stuido X in Philadelphia, PA through 3/12!
Call Redialed: Every time I interview Charles Busch, I always learn more about what makes him tick and where his inspiration is drawn from. In this new interview, Charles and I let it all hang out as we discuss his new cabaret show "Naked and Unafraid" which will premiere at Pangea NYC on Saturday, 3/4 at 7pm!
Call Answered: I have known about Peter Michael Marino for some time now, but it was with his direction of Amy Marcs' "Nice T!ts" that I got to know Peter. In his newest project "Show Up," Peter uses his solo performance expertise to compile/transform the real-life experiences of the audience into a single vibrant life-story. Audience members are engaged to cue lights, design the set, & direct. "Show Up" will play the PIT Loft Thursdays, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23 & Saturday 2/12!
Call Redialed: Getting to interview drag legend and Tony nominee Charles Busch is always a joy! I have been a fan of Charles' plays and films for many years, but in recent years, I have also been captivated by his cabaret shows. I'm so excited to share this new interview with Charles as we talk about his debut CD from Broadway Records, "Live at Feinstein's/54 Below." From self-confidence to great to sex to his Aunt Lillian, Charles discusses it all!
Call Answered: The hills are alive with the sound of Heil Hitler! I have always loved "The Sound of Music." The one part of the film I never cared for was the "Von Trapp's" being chased by the Nazi's. When I heard about Andrew Bergh's show "The Radicalization of Rolfe," a new play inspired by the character of "Rolfe" & his climb thru the Third Reich while incorporating the questioning of "Rolfe's" sexuality, I was very intrigued. "The Radicalization of Rolfe" plays SoHo Playhouse 10/23-29!