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American Theatre's Offscript Podcast

American Theatre's Offscript Podcast

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The official podcast of AMERICAN THEATRE, the national publication for the American not-for-profit theatre. Range of topics include playwright interviews, critical roundtable discussions and the latest shows coming up as recommended by our staff.


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Offscript: David J. Loehrs Trip to the Humana Festival

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Apr 20, 2017


On this week's podcast David J. Loehr reports back from the Humana Festival. Plus, the editors discuss 'Miss Saigon' and AT's new program to nurture theatre critics of color.



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Offscript: Beyond Shakespeare With Michael Kahn

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Apr 06, 2017


On this week's podcast, we welcome Michael Kahn, who will soon retire from Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. He talks about his career highlights. Then the editors discuss Russian theatre and potential Pulitzer nominations.


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Offscript: Social Commentary With Mart?n Zimmerman

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Fri, Mar 24, 2017


In this week's episode, we welcome playwright Mart?n Zimmerman. Plus, the editors talk Broadway and the NEA.


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Offscript: Alternating Lears with Nathaniel Fuller and Stephen Yoakam

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Mar 09, 2017


On this week's podcast, we talk to two King Lears. Then, the editors discuss Sondheim and the recent spate of artistic director departures.


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Offscript: Finding Art After War With Maurice Decaul

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Feb 23, 2017


On this week's podcast, we welcome playwright and former Marine Maurice Decaul and talk about why it's important to tell war stories. Then the editors discuss the recent New York Times 'Big River' controversy.


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Offscript: Rolling on the New-Play River With Nan Barnett

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Fri, Feb 10, 2017


On this week's podcast, we talk about how the nation's and the world's political tumult is affecting theatres (and how they're responding), about the departure of critic Charles Isherwood from The New York Times, and with National New Play Network executive director Nan Barnett about the nation's new-play landscape.


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Offscript: Discovering Cleveland With Robert Barry Fleming

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Jan 26, 2017


Robert Barry Fleming stops by to talk about why he loves working with resident theatres. Plus, the editors discuss artists' compensation.


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Offscript: Leah Nanako Winkler and The Mikado

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Jan 12, 2017


In this week's episode, playwright Leah Nanako Winkler discusses New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players' reimagined 'Mikado.' Plus the editors discuss musical theatre training.


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Offscript: Good Riddance 2016! With Kris Vire

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Tue, Dec 20, 2016


In this week's podcast, we discuss our favorite shows of 2016, give you some behind-the-scenes highlights of some notable AT stories, and talk to Kris Vire about what's going on in Chicago with the Neo-Futurists.


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Offscript: Defining Latinx with Lisa Portes

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Mon, Nov 21, 2016


On this week's podcast, director Lisa Portes stopped by to discuss Latinx theatre in Chicago, and directing work for young audiences. Plus, the editors discuss the responses we've been getting from artists about the election.


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Offscript: Sarah DeLappe and the Post-11/9 World

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Nov 17, 2016


This week, we welcome playwright Sarah DeLappe. Plus, the editors discuss what artists can do post-election and #FairWageOnStage.


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Offscript: Whats in a Name? With Desdemona Chiang

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Nov 03, 2016


On this week's podcast, the guest is Desdemona Chiang, who discusses setting 'The Winter's Tale' in China and why her mother named her after the tragic 'Othello' heroine. Plus, the editors discuss #FairWageOnstage.


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Offscript: Electoral Angst With Lynn Nottage

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Oct 20, 2016


On this week's podcast, Lynn Nottage discusses the presidential election and her new play 'Sweat.' Plus the editors discuss 'Hamilton's America' and 'A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.'


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Offscript: Bullish on Theatre With NEAs Greg Reiner

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Oct 06, 2016


This week's guest is Greg Reiner, the director of theatre and musical theatre at the NEA, who assures us that the state of the arts is strong. Plus, the editors discuss all-gender bathrooms and high school theatre.


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Offscript: Top 10 and Puppet Sex with Rob Askins

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Sep 22, 2016


In this week's episode, we welcome Robert Askins, author of "Hand to God," aka the most-produced play in America! Plus, we invite some critics to discuss the play and whether it deserves to be on top.


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Offscript: Judicial Drama With Derrick Wang

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Sep 01, 2016


This week's guest is composer Derrick Wang, whose opera 'Scalia/Ginsburg' is an exercise in bipartisanship. Plus, the editors discuss politics and artists' compensation.


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Offscript: Harry Potter and the Fighting Kilroys

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Aug 18, 2016


This week's guest is Kilroys cofounder Joy Meads, who discusses gender parity. Plus, our staff takes apart 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.'


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Offscript: Brotherhood with Brandon J. Dirden and Jason Dirden

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Aug 04, 2016


This week's guest are actors, and brothers, Jason Dirden and Brandon J. Dirden. They discuss August Wilson, acting together, and how they never audition for the same role. Plus, the editors discuss brownface in Chicago, and the late Zelda Fichandler.


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Offscript: Translating A Raisin in the Sun With Josette Bushell-Mingo

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Wed, Jul 13, 2016


This week's guest is English director Josette Bushell-Mingo, who discusses her Swedish production of 'A Raisin in the Sun.' Plus, the editors talk #tcg16, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, and Pokemon Go.


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Offscript Live in D.C.: The Welders, Karen Zacar?as, and Peter Marks

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Wed, Jun 29, 2016


For our first live edition of the podcast in D.C., we invited some local artists to the TCG Conference to chat the state of D.C. theatre, artistic transitions, and Donald Trump.


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Offscript: Still Standing With Lou Bellamy and Jonathan McCrory

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Tue, Jun 21, 2016


In this special edition of Offscript, we have a 10-minute audio recording of August Wilson delivering his seminal speech, 'The Ground on Which I Stand,' followed by a discussion among leaders of two black theatres, Penumbra's Lou Bellamy and National Black Theatre's Jonathan McCrory.


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Offscript: The Gender-Bending of the Shrew With Ed Iskandar

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Jun 02, 2016


This week's guest is Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, who is directing an all-male production of 'Taming of the Shrew.' Plus the editors discuss their summer plans.


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Offscript: Casting with Erica Daniels

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Fri, May 06, 2016


Erica Daniels, president of Second City Theatricals, discusses the institution's new-play development initiative and the art of casting. Plus, the editors talk Tony nominations.


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Offscript: Translating Shakespeare With Lue Douthit

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Apr 21, 2016


This week's guest Lue Douthit, director of Play on! at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, discusses translating Shakespeare. Plus the editors talk about Humana.


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Offscript: Cynthia Ling Lee & Rebecca Mwase Get in Formation

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Apr 07, 2016


This week's guests are performance artists Rebecca Mwase and Cynthia Ling Lee, who discuss cultural appropriation versus cultural exchange as it relates to Beyonc?. Meanwhile, the editors sound off on the 'Hamilton' casting nontroversy.


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Offscript: Young at Art With Linda Hartzell and David Saar

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Mar 24, 2016


This week's guests are Childsplay's David Saar and Seattle Children's Theatre's Linda Hartzell, TYA giants soon to retire. Plus, the editors recall their first theatre experiences.


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Offscript: Going West With Meiyin Wang

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Mar 10, 2016


The former co-director of the Under the Radar Festival stops by, and the editors discuss Salt Lake City and the latest yellowface controversy.


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Offscript: Getting Off the Assembly Line with Meghan Pressman

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Feb 25, 2016


Meghan Pressman discusses new play development; plus, the editors talk about their recent trips.


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Offscript: I & You & Lauren Gunderson

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Feb 11, 2016


This week's guest is Lauren Gunderson, one of this season's most-produced playwrights, who discusses 'I and You,' 'The Revolutionists,' and how you can have it all. Plus, the editors discuss 'Grease Live!' and play licensing controversies involving Samuel French.


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Offscript: Eric Bogosian and Mike Daiseys Wild Ride

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Fri, Jan 29, 2016


This week, we welcome monologists Eric Bogosian and Mike Daisey, who chat about why they love and hate solo shows. Plus, the editors discuss television, leadership transitions in Chicago, and Wooster/Pinter kerfuffle.


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Offscript: Tonya Pinkinss Brechtian Alienation

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Tue, Jan 12, 2016


This week's guest is Tonya Pinkins, who discusses why she quit the controversial 'Mother Courage' at Classic Stage Company. Plus: The editors catch up on some big entrances and exits.


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Offscript: Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Year-End Highlights

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Fri, Dec 18, 2015


This week's guest is director/auteur Mary Zimmerman, who discusses her traditional treatment of Leonard Bernstein's "Wonderful Town" and her newest adaptation: "Treasure Island." Plus the editors discuss 2015 theatrical highlights and our wishes for 2016. Happy holidays everyone!


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Offscript: Cheryl L. Wests Spelling Lesson

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Fri, Dec 04, 2015


This week's guest is playwright Cheryl L. West, who discusses her newest play, "Akeelah and the Bee" at Arena Stage, and on writing for children and for the black experience. Plus, the editors discuss Ivo van Hove and "The Wiz Live!"


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Offscript: Staying Local with Francine Reynolds

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Fri, Nov 20, 2015


This week's guest is Francine Reynolds, artist director of New Stage Theatre in Mississippi, the only Equity theatre in the state. Plus, the editors discuss recent casting controversies at universities.


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Offscript: Real Estate with Dean Gladden

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Nov 05, 2015


Dean Gladden, managing director of Houston's Alley Theatre , stops by to talk about the theatre's year-long renovation, and what happens when you're homeless for a season. Plus: Diep and Suzy debate 'Hir' by Taylor Mac.


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Offscript: Whos in the Room?

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Oct 22, 2015


This week representatives from the Asian American Performers Action Coalition school American Theatre editors on better ways to talk about cultural appropriation and yellowface, and offer tips both for interpreting problematic works from the past and for creating new, more diverse work.


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Offscript: Brian Clowduss Outdoor Adventures

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Oct 08, 2015


This week's guest is Brian Clowdus, the artistic director of Serenbe Playhouse, on hand to talk about site-specific theatre and reinventing classics. Plus, the editors dish on what they're looking forward to this season.


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Offscript: Whos Afraid of Ayad Akhtar?

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Sep 24, 2015


This week's episode is a doozy. Ayad Akhtar stops by to talk about his play 'Disgraced,' the most-produced play in 2015-16. Plus, the 'New York Times''s Charles Isherwood and 'Chicago Tribune''s Chris Jones drop in.


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Offscript: Paula Vogels Martini Recommendations

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Fri, Sep 11, 2015


This week, Paula Vogel sits down for a Manhattan and some conversation about MFA programs, artists' compensation, and her newest play "Indecent." Plus the editors talk Lucas Hnath's "The Christians" and other religion-themed plays.


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Offscript: Mark Valdez Defines Ensemble

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Aug 27, 2015


This week's guest is Mark Valdez, executive director of Network of Ensemble Theaters, who discusses the evolution of the ensemble model. Plus, the editors discuss the controversy over Manhattan Theatre Club's 15-16 mostly white-male season.


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Offscript: Jim OQuinns American Theatre History Lesson

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Wed, Aug 05, 2015


It's the all in-house edition of Offscript! The editors talk to our outgoing founder/editor-in-chief Jim O'Quinn about 30-plus years of 'American Theatre,' and the field then and now.


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Offscript: Susan Booth and a Wild Party

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Fri, Jul 24, 2015


Susan Booth, artistic director of Alliance Theatre, defines white privilege and explains why she doesn't do classics. Also, the editors talk the Count and 'The Wild Party.'


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Offscript: Chay Yew and the King

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Jul 16, 2015


This week's guest is Chay Yew, the artistic director of Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago who previews next season at the theatre (it includes Hillary Clinton) and what he thinks of 'The King and I' on Broadway. Plus, the editors talk about your favorite topic: cell phones!


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Offscript: Jane Chu, the NEA, and the Kilroys

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Fri, Jun 26, 2015


This week's guest is chairman of the NEA Jane Chu, who discusses arts funding and 'South Pacific.' Plus, highlights from the TCG National Conference in Cleveland and a discussion of the new Kilroy's list.


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Offscript: Kameron Steele and the Worm

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, Jun 11, 2015


This week, teacher/performer/author Kameron Steele stops by to talk about a new book of Suzuki's writing, and the editors argue about the Tonys and Bitter Lemons' pay-for-reviews gambit.


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Offscript: Laura Kepleys Tony Burrito Toss

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Fri, May 29, 2015


This week's guest is Laura Kepley, artistic director of this year's Regional Tony winner Cleveland Play House. She talks about why Cleveland is the next big arts town---and where to find a good craft beer.


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Offscript: Why Qui Nguyen Wrote a Sex Comedy About His Parents

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Wed, May 13, 2015


This week's guest is playwright Qui Nguyen, who is also the artistic director of Vampire Cowboys. He discusses his post-Vietnam War comedy 'Vietgone,' the origin of the term geek theatre and how to write a strong female character.


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Offscript: The Humana Happening

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Thu, May 07, 2015


It's our second annual Humana critics roundtable! We sit down with three theatre critics to discuss what they liked or didn't like about this year's Humana Festival programming, and why you should see more new plays.


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Offscript: Michael Patrick Thornton Theres No Such Thing as a One-Person Show

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Wed, Apr 29, 2015


Chicago-based actor Michael Patrick Thornton discusses working with Will Eno on 'Title and Deed' at Lookingglass Theatre Company and working as a disabled actor in the American theatre.


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Offscript: The R. Kelly of the American Theatre

Author: AMERICAN THEATRE
Fri, Apr 17, 2015


Playwright/Pulitzer-finalist Rolin Jones talks about "These Paper Bullets!" his Beatles and Shakespeare-inspired musical, and his new theatre company New Neighborhood.


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