Emma Schimminger, Neal Moeller, and Leanne Mercadante of Perchance to Dream’s “The Tempest”

The good folks at Perchance to Dream Theatre return to Go See a Show! to give us the low-down on their production of The Tempest, running now (for one week only!) at Theatre 54.

Director/Producer/Lighting Designer Emma Schimminger, and actors Neal Moeller (Prospero) and Leanne Mercadante (Ariel) took a break from tech to talk about Emma’s many hats, oozy gooey non-neutral masks, Leanne chasing around stage with a big dog head, and the future of Perchance to Dream after this, their first full-length production.

There’s only one weekend to catch this production, so don’t delay!

…oh, and learn a bit more about Perchance to Dream by listening to this earlier GSAS! episode (the third ever!) with company members Megan Lee & Kevin Paul Smith, which incidentally was recorded during a hurricane.

Full circle, back to The Tempest.

Perchance to Dream Theatre presents
The Tempest
by William Shakespeare
directed by Emma Schimminger

July 12–15, 2012
Thursday–Saturday @ 8PM
Saturday, July 14 @ 3PM
Sunday, July 15 @ 2PM

Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios
244 W. 54th Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $15, available via Brown Paper Tickets

Andrew Goffman, playwright & performer, and director Charles Messina of “The Accidental Pervert”

The Accidental Pervert

It might seem surprising to hear that an off-off-Broadway show has been running for three years, to consistently packed houses. Then again, when that show is a frank, honest, laugh-filled discussion of a young man’s coming-of-age story via his Dad’s porn collection and his own subsequent addiction to said porn…well, you know there’s going to be a little something in there for everyone.

In this episode of Go See a Show!, we’ve got an interview with playwright & actor Andrew Goffman, the self-described title character of The Accidental Pervert. His autobiographical one-man show is part theatre, part stand-up, (almost) entirely true, and all heart.

The Accidental PervertListen in as Andrew and director Charles Messina discuss the broad appeal of a show about a kid’s connection to his father through porn, the porn-addicts in trenchcoats who are disappointed by the show, becoming an electrician by necessity, and how to keep a show that’s been running for over three years fresh.

Oh, and stick through to the end to hear Andrew’s “sexy voice.”

The Accidental Pervert, photo by Paul Urban“…if you ever forget your lines, just start moving. Start cleaning up the stage. And a lot of these off-Broadway theaters need cleaning anyway…”

The Accidental Pervert
Fridays & Saturdays @ 7pm
The 13th Street Repertory Company
50 West 13th Street – between 5th & 6th Aves

All Seats $30
Tickets available via OvationTix, or call 212-352-3101
or, visit the 13th Street Repertory Box Office

“Into the Woods,” a fundraiser for The Sylvia Center

Into the WoodsThis episode of Go See a Show! may not be about a technically “off-off-Broadway” show, but the impulse behind this production is very much in the vein of my favorite kinds of OOB shows — a bunch of people getting together, on their own terms, for the sake of making something beautiful.

And it’s for a good cause, which makes this all the more awesome.

Director Kevin Horne and actor Joshua David Bishop (“Jack”) are two of the folks behind a special charity performance of Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Along with their fellow employees at catering company Great Performances, Kevin and Joshua are putting on this classic musical for two performances as a fundraiser for The Sylvia Center, a not-for-profit that teaches young people about food and nutrition from the farm to the kitchen. Good stuff.

Take a listen to the interview, then go help these cats out with a buck or twenty at their Kickstarter page; and follow their progress on Facebook.

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Into the Woods actors

Maximilian Clark of Altruistic Theatre Company, producer of “Bareknuckle Theatre Festival”

Bareknuckle Theatre FestivalGo See a Show! is proud to present an interview with Maximilian Clark, the man behind Altruistic Theatre Company‘s unique “no-holds-barred” Bareknuckle Theatre Festival.

It’s kind of like the thunderdome — five plays enter, one play wins 50% of the door. Listen to this week’s episode to learn more about this unique (and fun) festival, about the work of Altruistic, and what to do if the cops start knocking on the doors during your performance… Continue reading

Jason Tyne-Zimmerman of The Cohort, producer of the Exquisite Corpse Festival

The Exquisite CorpseThis week, Go See a Show! interviews the Artistic Director of The Cohort, Jason Tyne-Zimmerman.

Jason & The Cohort are producing the Exquisite Corpse Festival next month at the Richmond Shepard Theatre, and it sounds like an event not-to-be-missed—an evening of theatre, film, performance, tattoos, and taxidermy (!) done a la the surrealist game of the exquisite corpse.

What exactly does that mean? Take a listen to hear Jason explain! Continue reading

Megan Lee & Kevin Paul Smith of “Perchance to Dream Theatre”

After two weeks of conversations with (fabulous) playwrights, his week’s episode of Go See a Show! features two (wonderful) actors — Megan Lee & Kevin Paul Smith, company members of Perchance to Dream Theatre.

It’s also the first episode to be done via Skype, so please forgive the sub-par audio quality!

In addition to treading the boards, Megan & Kevin are producing an event for Perchance to Dream: This Isn’t Bloody Shakespeare, at The Delancey in Manhattan on September 18, 2011.

Listen in to the podcast to hear more about what Perchance to Dream is all about, and about what promises to be a great event on the 18th! Continue reading