Ashley Jacobson, Elizabeth Sarkady, Ryan Guess, Dondrie Burnham, and Brett Epstein of “The Tunnel Play”

The Dirty Blondes present The Tunnel PlayWelcome back to The Dirty Blondes, playwright Ashley Jacobson and producer Elizabeth Sarkady, and to Mr. Brett Epstein (his third appearance on the podcast)! They’re joined by fellow actors Ryan Guess and Dondrie Burnham (both of whom I hope will also become repeat-guests here on the podcast) to talk about their new show, currently playing in The Fringe.

Around a moveable set of three trunks, The Tunnel Play follows a young woman who gave up her comfortable life to live in the tunnels, her older friend (and tunnel-life mentor) who landed in the tunnels through hardship, and a self-loathing yuppie copywriter, as their lives set on a collision course just ahead of a massive weather event to hit New York City. What do you do when faced with the possibility that everything could be washed away at any moment?

Listen in as Ashley, Ryan, Dondrie, Brett, and Elizabeth discuss that scary, difficult question, as well as having to answer to someone, taking inspiration from Superstorm Sandy, and the things we bottle up (until the lid blows off).

“…life is a storm, and storms affect everybody, and your actions also affect everybody…”

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Lizzy Beth Elkins, Kathy Huynh-Phan, Peter J. Wallace, and Drew Nungesser of “The Anger in Ernest & Ernestine”

"The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine"What do you do when you’re graduating from a respected, traditional acting program, and you make your own theatre company?

If you’re actors Peter J. Wallace and Kathy Huynh-Phan and sound designer Drew Nungesser, you do a clown show in The Fringe. And you get the awesome Lizzy Beth Elkins to direct it.

Listen in as Lizzy, Peter, Kathy and Drew discuss directors auditioning for actors, clowning, Al Gore & the internet, and welcoming your sound designer into the rehearsal room. Plus, suspenders are snapped, live, on-air.

“…part of what I’m attracted to for theatre is, let’s see if we can be truthful and tell great stories, but then also kind of make it a party…”

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Kristin McCarthy Parker, director of “kumrads won’t”

"kumrads won't," part of the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival, directed by Kristin McCarthy ParkerOn this episode, the fabulous director Kristin McCarthy Parker returns to the podcast — and this time, I’m posting our interview in time for you to hear it and then see her show (unlike when I covered her show Bears).

Kristen, along with producer Nick Abeel, playwright Christina Michelle Watkins, & other committed artists, knew they wanted to see kumrads won’t in a real production — so they decided to produce it themselves, submitting it to the New York International Fringe Festival. Self-producing is something I’m all in favor of, but I also know it’s a daunting proposition. So of course one of my biggest questions for the interview were, “why would you do this to yourself?” And in a festival, nonetheless!

Must be a really special show to them. As you’ll hear in the interview, indeed it is.

Listen in as Kristin discusses how she came to fall in love with this play, the stuggles of being vulnerable, and what it means to be successful within your means.

“I found it really intriguing, and funny, and heartbreaking, and sad, but also just a really poignant look at a relationship between two people who are very different, and who we don’t normally envision having any sort of connection, but who are struggling to connect with each other nonetheless.”

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Matt Graham, writer & performer of “This Too Shall Suck”

"This Too Shall Suck" by Matt GrahamI can completely identify with Matt Graham on at least one point: real men do indeed love cats (big shout-out to my man Compay).

Graham’s show, This Too Shall Suck, of which he is the writer and performer, was a standout in the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival, and now continues weekly at Soho Playhouse’s Huron Club.

The show is dark, autobiographical, incredibly personal…and funny. And yes, cats are involved.

Listen in to this episode of Go See a Show! as Matt talks about getting onstage for the first time in eight years, cats, and making theatre to connect with people (and maybe to meet women, too).

This Too Shall Suck

written & performed by Matt Graham

8:00pm Thursdays​ (now thru May 2013)
The Huron Club at Soho Playhouse
15 Vandam Street (b/w 6th Ave & Varick​​​)
New York, NY

tickets available via OvationTix

Christie Perfetti, playwright of “No Fault: A Tale about the Big D in the Big Apple”

No Fault: A Tale About the Big D in the Big AppleThis week’s episode of Go See a Show! features an interview with a woman who was introduced to me by a mutual friend as “not only a fantastic woman but one of my favourite playwrights” — Christie Perfetti.

After seeing her play No Fault: A Tale About the Big D in the Big Apple at The Kraine Theater in the New York International Fringe Festival, I can understand my friend’s enthusiasm.

Listen in as Christie and I discuss the resonance of a very personal play with audience members, how to make a play go from script to performances in a 99-seat theater in just three months, and what it means to be in “the middle.”


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There are still two opportunities left to catch No Fault in the New York International Fringe Festival:

No Fault: A Tale About the Big D in the Big Apple
written by Christie Perfetti
directed by Bryn Boice

Wednesday, 8/24 @ 7 pm
Saturday, 8/27 @ 1:45 pm
The Kraine Theater
85 E. 4th Street (b/w Bowery & 2nd Ave.)

cast of "No Fault: A Tale About the Big D in the Big Apple"Featuring Charmaine Broad, *Christopher Catalano, *Stephanie Anne Ervin, *Rich Fromm,
Laura Killeen, Melanie Ryan, Galit Sperling, *Matilda Szydagis
*these Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Art Designer – Sofia Palacios Blanco, Master Electrician – Rachel Sevedge,
Stage Manager – Catherine Marshall, Props/Costume Assistant – Zoe Scott,
Production Assistant – Ann Shepherd

Mariah MacCarthy, playwright of “Ampersand”

Ampersand, photo by Kacey AnisaWe don’t yet have a logo, and we’re just on a simple WordPress template — but we’ve got a podcast! And it’s a great introduction to what Go See a Show! is all about, if I do say so myself.

Listen to an interview with playwright Mariah MacCarthy, recorded immediately after opening night of her new play Ampersand: A Romeo & Juliet Story in the New York International Fringe Festival.


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If this piques your interest in the show (and I hope it does — the show is great!), there’s still a few chances left to see Ampersand:

The Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa
66 East 4th Street
New York, New York
Performance Dates:
Friday, August 12 @ 5pm
Sunday, August 14 @ 8:15pm

Thursday, August 18 @ 2pm
Saturday, August 20 @ 12noon
Saturday, August 27 @ 7:45pm

AmpersandAmpersand: A Romeo & Juliet Story
by Mariah MacCarthy
Music by Brian Kirchner
Directed by Amanda Thompson

With:
Brigitte Choura, Julie Ek, Nic Grelli, Craig Hanson, Lauren Hennessy, Jeremy Michael Lagunas, Diana Oh, Anna Savant, Jordan Tierney, Lauren Weinberg, and Matthew Welsh, and Emily Rupp on guitar.

Elizabeth Weitzen – Costume Designer
Liz Elliot – Lighting Designer
Christopher Shepard – Choregrapher
Teddy Lytle – Fight Director
LeeAnn DiCicco – Graphic Design
Kacey Stamats – Photography
Eva Schelbaum – Assistant Director
Tom Meredith – Technical Director
Christopher Diercksen – Assistant Producer
Marina Steinberg – Stage Manager

Executive Producers:
Larry Kunofsky, Mariah MacCarthy, and Leta Tremblay