Sylvia Milo, playwright & performer, & Nathan Davis, composer, of “The Other Mozart”

The Other Mozart by Sylvia MiloHistory, as we know, is always changing—it’s written by those in power, but power shifts. So as some of the bullshit of European patriarchy is shoveled away, it’s amazing what can be learned; for example, did you know that none of Mozart’s music survived?

…no, not Wolfgang Amadeus, we’ve got tons of his music, catalogued with it’s own fancy system. Here, we’re talking of The Other Mozart, his sister, Nannerl, who by all accounts played & composed as brilliantly as her brother, though most people don’t know her story.

As a regular listener to Go See a Show! however, you may remember this story, because performer Sylvia Milo (now the show’s playwright as well) was first on the podcast way back on episode #10 with the first iteration of this project, then called Mozart’s Sister. This new piece presents the story in a brilliant new way (though that fabulous dress remains), and features more incredible music from composers Phyllis Chen and Nathan Davis, the later of whom joins Sylvia on the mic for this episode.

Plus, the new title feels like it puts Nannerl on equal footing with Wolfie. Where she rightfully belongs.

Listen in as Sylvia & Nathan discuss finding the right teacups, why it’s likely Nannerl called Wolfgang a “shit-eater,” and creating the music inside a 18th-century composer’s head.

The Little Matchstick Factory presents

The Other Mozart

by Sylvia Milo
directed by Isaac Byrne
music by Nathan Davis & Phyllis Chen

HERE Arts Center
145 Sixth Avenue
Manhattan

Previews: June 22*, 23, 24 @ 8:30PM
Opening Night: June 25 @ 8:30PM
June 26-28, July 1-3, 5, 8-12 @ 8:30PM
June 29, July 6 @ 4PM
Understudy: June 22, 28, July 5,12 @ 4PM & June 29, July 6 @ 8:30PM.

tickets: $30, available at the HERE Arts Center website

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portrait by Daniel Murtagh

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photos by Peter Griesser, DIVA Arts Collective

Stephen Brackett, Laura Ramadei, Jake Choi, Danelle Eliav, Max Jenkins, and Randall Newsome of “Carnival Kids”

Lesser America presents Carnival KidsTimes is tough all over. If you listen to NPR regularly (as this radio nerd does), you’ve probably caught a story or two just in the past week about young adults living with their parents because of economic pressures.

In Lucas Kavner’s new play Carnival Kids, directed by Stephen Brackett, Mark is living with his dad Dale again; but, the situation is reversed, and it’s broke, former rockstar Dale who’s crashing Mark’s New York law-student bachelor pad. As Dale befriends Mark’s illegal-smartphone-app mogul roommate, and attempts to profit from courting a woman seeking a green-card marriage, Mark attempts to open up to an old friend from high school — and his porcelain-smooth existence begins to crack.

My description can’t do it justice, so don’t let my ham-fisted-ness scare you off — this is a really interesting play in a production that deserves your attention.

Listen in as Stephen and the wonderful cast of Laura Ramadei, Jake Choi, Danelle Eliav, Max Jenkins, and Randall Newsome discuss hiding, breaking expectations, when casting director suggestions go wonderfully right, casting yourself (graciously), and how to invite the audience into the intense, bizarrely-close moments of the play.

“…we’re just naked up here on this stark white, thin set…I feel like I’m working on my poker face, trying not to lose it…”

Lesser America presents

Carnival Kids

by Lucas Kavner
directed by Stephen Brackett

TBG Theatre
312 W. 36th Street
Manhattan

thru June 28, 2014
Thursdays thru Saturdays
add’l performances on Sunday, June 15 & Wednesday, June 18
all performances 8PM

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Aliza Shane, playwright and director of “Mein Uncle: An absurdist fairytale about the seeds of inhumanity”

3 Voices Theatre presents Aliza Shane's Mein UncleThe Brothers Grimm collected German folk stories which, through their efforts, have spread and become what many people will remember as classic fairy tales (like those re-imagined by StrangeDog in their show Enchanted Arms, which you may remember from the previous episode of this very podcast).

In this episode, playwright/director Aliza Shane, one of the co-founders of 3 Voices Theatre, takes the notion of the fairy tale back to Germany, and back in time to between the World Wars, on the eve of that nation’s darkest moment, in Mein Uncle: An absurdist fairytale about the seeds of inhumanity.

Listen in as Aliza discusses accidental inspiration via The History Channel, bad love, and what happens when you start a play with a girl in a cage.

“…with the absurdist fairytale, we get to divert from the history, we get to add a little oddness and bizarre twists and a little fairytale magic to an otherwise stiff, upsetting story…”

3 Voices Theatre presents

Mein Uncle: An absurdist fairytale about the seeds of inhumanity

written & directed by Aliza Shane

The Robert Moss Theater
440 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor
Manhattan

through Sunday, June 8, 2014
Monday–Saturday @8PM (no show Tuesday)
Saturday & Sunday @2PM

tickets: $18 ($15 students/seniors), available via BrownPaperTickets

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Artem Yatsunov, director, and Stacie Lents, playwright, of “Enchanted Arms”

StrangeDog Theatre Company presents Enchanted ArmsRemember your classic fairy tales?

Well, StrangeDog Theatre Company is taking the characters from those stories, and setting them up in low-rent apartments in a run-down building named, appropriately, Enchanted Arms.

And while the four tales presented here have a familiar ring…these are not the fairy tales your Grandma told you.

Listen in as director Artem Yatsunov, and one of the four playwrights featured in the evening, Stacie Lents, discuss taking the magic out of fairy-tales, throwing money around to the sounds of Whitney Houston, shit-talking Ayn Rand, and plays & stories that are actually…fun.

“No happy endings.”

Horse Trade Theater Group and StrangeDog Theatre Company present

Enchanted Arms

created by Ben Clawson
directed by Artem Yatsunov
choreography by Annalisa Ledson
plays by Ben Clawson, Joseph Palestina, John Wooten, and Stacie Lents

three remaining performances!
Thursday, May 29 @8PM
Friday, May 30 @8PM
Saturday, May 31 @8PM

Under St. Marks
94 St. Marks Place
Manhattan

tickets: $15, available via SmartTix

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photos by Alex Levin

Kiran Rikhye, playwright, and Jon Stancato, director, of “Potion: A Play in Three Cocktails”

Stolen Chair Theater Company presents "Potion: A Play in Three Cocktails"Regular listeners know very well by now that I love to enjoy a drink while I’m at a show. But I don’t think I’ve been to a performance that integrates imbibing as well as this one.

In Potion: A Play in Three Cocktails, playwright Kiran Rikhye, director Jon Stancato, and the lovely troupe at Stolen Chair Theatre Company have not only created a show in a bar with booze readily available for consumption, but they grab a big swizzle stick and mix the cocktails into the drama. The very act of drinking the custom “potions” served throughout the play serves the narrative, and its premise, in a brilliant and beautiful way.

This is a fun night at the theatre, y’all. A fun night of theatre at the bar. With delicious custom cocktails. What more could you want?

Listen in as Jon & Kiran discuss crazy ways to write plays, “potion” as metaphor for the transformation of the actor, how opera is like a great night out at a bar, and scratching your play like it’s on a turntable.

“…I think it was a series of remixes…”

Stolen Chair Theatre Company presents

Potion: A Play in Three Cocktails

written by Kiran Rikhye
directed by Jon Stancato

People Lounge
163 Allen St, New York NY 10002

remaining performances:
Sunday, June 1 @7PM
Sunday, June 8 @7PM
Sunday, June 15 @6PM & 9PM

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Brian Gillespie, director, and actors Gina LeMoine and Luke Wise, of “Virus Attacks Heart”

Pull Together Productions presents Virus Attacks Heart, directed by Brian GillespieSummer’s almost here, which means festival season is getting underway. This is a great time to catch brand-new OOB plays, and GSAS! got started at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity with the world premiere of Virus Attacks Heart, written by Shannon Murdoch and directed by Brian Gillespie.

In this two-hander, we see the complexities of a one-night-stand between the lonely, word-loving 18-year-old Jamie (Luke Wise) and the lonely, almost-twice-his-age “12-drink” Beatrice (Gina LeMoine), both of whom are “running away from things in their lives, and then they run into each other and, though meeting, have to face those things, whether they though that was going to happen or not.”

Listen in as Brian, Gina, and Luke discuss “drunken fever-dreams,” taking the time to search text through movement, and finding the right interesting, challenging play in a stack of open submissions.

“…it’s theatre, and the audience should be engaging their imaginations…[they have] to lean in, and do a little work of filling in the gaps…”

Pull Together Productions presents

Virus Attacks Heart

written by Shannon Murdoch
directed by Brian Gillespie

part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity
Paradise Factory
64 E. 4th Street
Manhattan

Sunday, May 18 at 3:30pm
Monday, May 19 at 6:30pm

Sunday, May 25 at 9:30pm
Wednesday, May 28 at 5pm
Thursday, May 29 at 4pm
Sunday, June 1 at 5:30pm

tickets: $18, available via OvationTix

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Mike Inwood, lighting designer of “The Essential Straight & Narrow”

The Mad Ones present The Essential Straight and NarrowSo this is one of those episodes that got recorded when the show was (first) presented, but I missed my window to get the podcast up before closing.

Thankfully, though, it was a show in development by The Mad Ones, and the full production is set to open this weekend at The New Ohio.

When lighting designer Mike Inwood & I first chatted during its workshop run in The Ice Factory last summer, it was called the Untitled Biopic Project, a show that crosses the genres of film, theatre, and music — in this interview, we talk a bit about the development process that went into the project, which is now called The Essential Straight & Narrow.

Listen in as Mike and I discuss how a lighting designer can inform the development of work with a group like The Mad Ones, writing & working in layers, and how to properly pronounce the word “biopic.”

The Mad Ones present

The Essential Straight & Narrow

Created by The Mad Ones
Directed by Lila Neugebauer
Set Design by Laura Jellinek
Lighting Design by Mike Inwood
Sound Design by Stowe Nelson
Music Direction by Michael Dalto
Costume Design by Asta Hostetter

May 22–June 14
Wednesdays–Saturdays @8PM

The New Ohio
154 Christopher Street
Manhattan

tickets: $18, available via Vendini

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August Schulenburg, Kelly O’Donnell, Will Lowry, & the cast of “Jane the Plain”

Flux Theatre Ensemble presents "Jane the Plain"The great folks of Flux Theatre Ensemble are no strangers to the podcast (see their three past episodes for more great stuff), with each unique production linked by the ensemble’s players and production team, and the high quality that marks a Flux show.

That said, I was a bit surprised when I heard the company’s latest offering would be set in high school, and feature characters with names like “Scotty the Hotty” and “Betty the Pretty” — but, of course, this isn’t your typical high school dramedy. It’s like John Hughes meets…well, you should listen to the interview. Gus tells that joke way better than I could.

Listen in as director Kelly O’Donnell, scenic designer Will Lowry, playwright August Schulenburg, and the cast discuss tightening your aesthetic vocabulary, transformation, and getting in touch with your teenage emotions, where moments of magnitude are ever-present.

“We didn’t quite know what the genre was completely, but in the rehearsal room we really worked as a team to develop it together, really devising a lot of the movement and a lot of the rules and the vocabulary of the stage…”

Flux Theatre Ensemble presents

Jane the Plain

written by August Schulenburg
directed by Kelly O’Donnell

thru May 24, 2014

The 4th Street Theatre
83 East 4th Street
Manhattan

tickets: $18, available via Flux’s website

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photos by Deborah Alexander

Michael Sladek, director of “Below the Belt”

Black Lodge Theater presents "Below the Belt"Sometimes, as a director, you run into those scripts that you know you just have to do.

For Michael Sladek, that script was Richard Dresser’s Below the Belt, an absurdist take on life and work in the corporate environment — and “absurdist,” in this case, means pretty dead-on, as both Michael and I attest to in this interview.

Listen in as Michael & I discuss putting up a show in the former boiler room of Bell Laboratories, avoiding curse words in verbal battles, wrangling in the corporate workplace, and finding the funny in the dark material.

“…it’s the whole world over, we are all apparently corporate beings now…it’s so funny how often we’re fighting for jobs that, once we have the jobs, we hate them…it’s a lot about that sort of wrangling to get up that ladder, even though you hate the ladder, but you do it anyway, because it’s what you do to survive, and it’s what you do to avoid the harder things in life…”

Black Lodge Theater presents

Below the Belt

by Richard Dresser
directed by Michael Sladek

thru May 17, 2014
Thursday–Saturday, 7:30PM
Saturday, 3:00pm

Westbeth Center for the Arts
55 Bethune St, Old Boiler Room
Manhattan

tickets: $15, available via BrownPaperTickets

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DeLisa White, director, and Heather Cunningham, actor, of “An Appeal to the Woman of the House”

Retro Productions presents "An Appeal to the Woman of the House"Retro Productions makes theatre about where we came from, and how far we’ve come — and it’s theatre that reminds us that sometimes, we’ve still got a ways to go.

For director DeLisa White and actress/Retro Artistic Director Heather Cunningham, the personal stories from the past that we tell, live, in the theater, can be the kinds of stories that have a real impact on the way we live in the world today. Christie Perfetti Williams’ An Appeal to the Woman of the House is that kind of story.

Listen in as DeLisa, Heather and I discuss how to make change in your community, vigilance through theatre and storytelling, and how complex even the smallest impacts can be.

“…it’s not just the big actions that impact change, it’s the people who are either invested in, or complicit with, the change that occurs. It’s not just the person on the bus, but all the reactions around them…”

Retro Productions presents

An Appeal to the Woman of the House

by Christie Perfetti Williams
directed by DeLisa White

thru May 17, 2014
Wednesday–Saturday, 8PM

The Workshop Theater Company’s Mainstage Theater
312 W. 36th Street, 4th Floor
Manhattan

tickets: $18 ($15 students/seniors), available via OvationTix
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