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Next Stage Festival Interview with Jessica Moss – Creator and Star of ‘Modern Love’

7 Jan

The Next Stage Festival is underway and Jessica Moss is already garnering some very positive attention for her high-energy and laugh-out-loud funny take on romance in the age of facebook and twitter, Modern Love. Here is our conversation with Jess, her thoughts on her love/hate relationship with the internet, why fast paced performances have never been daunting to her, and how live theatre can be an antidote to solitude. Forgive the noisy audio, Shanghai Cowgirl is a busy place on a Friday night.

For tickets and details, head over here.

Next Stage Festival Preview: Interview with Uncalled For

4 Jan

Here is a tasty leftover to mark the start of the Next Stage Festival:  Our interview with sketch troupe and perenial  audience favourite, Uncalled For, recorded earlier this year at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival. Key members, Matt, Dan, and Anders, share their thoughts about political comedy, the divisions (or lack thereof) between sketch and theatre, and their return to Toronto for this month’s Next Stage Festival with their smash hit show, the delightfully surreal Hypnogogic Logic.

For tickets and details, head over here.

Interview with Oliver Dennis – Star of Soulpepper’s ‘Parfumerie’

15 Dec

With the holidays just around the corner, one cannot do much better in the way of seasonally heartwarming theatre (without crossing over into saccharine schmaltz) than Soulpepper’s charming revival of Miklós Laszló’s romantic comedy of errors, Parfumerie. We had a chance to talk to Parfumerie’s star – and Soulpepper regular – Oliver Dennis, about his role in this timeless play, young love in the age of Google, and why you don’t need dialogue to leave an impression with an audience.

For tickets and more information about Parfumerie, head over to the Soulpepper website here.

Interview with Hannah Moscovitch – Playwright of ‘The Children’s Republic’

28 Nov

We had a chance to sit down with the illustrious Hannah Moscovitch to get her thoughts on The Children’s Republic, its fascinating subject – progressive pedagogue Janusz Korczak – as well as her unique take on the state of Canadian playwriting. Have a listen below!

For tickets and more information about The Children’s Republic (now playing at the Tarragon Theatre), head over here.

Interview with Jacob Richmond (Writer/Co-Director) and Elliot Loran (Co-Star) of ‘Ride the Cyclone’

25 Nov

It’s rare to see an original Canadian musical gain the notice and momentum that Ride the Cyclone has, so we were particularly pleased to have a chance to talk with c0-creator Jacob Richmond, and co-star Elliot Loran about the history to date of this phenomenon of a show, as well as its potential future. We take some delightful detours along the way, touching on points like why Victoria BC used to be considered the Satanist capital of the world, why Carnies make midway rides more terrifying, and the existence of a twenty minute Space-Cat rock opera that had to be left on the cutting room floor. Have a listen below (split into three parts)!

 

 

For tickets to Ride the Cyclone, head over to the Theatre Passe Muraille site here, and for more information about the show, check out the official website here.

Interview with Paul Bates and Doug Morency of ‘The Williamson Playboys’ at the 2011 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

11 Nov

We’ve been hitting up the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival and getting some great behind the scenes thoughts from this year’s participating artists. Here are the sharp witted Paul Bates and Doug Morency from The Williamson Playboys on their origins, how get away with being so likeably offensive, and why bigger isn’t always better – at least when it comes to high school band.

For tickets and more information about The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, head on over here: http://www.torontosketchfest.com/

Interview with Matt Baram, Ron Pedersen, and Naomi Snieckus of ‘The National Theatre of the World’ at the 2011 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

10 Nov

We’ve been hitting up the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival and getting some great behind the scenes thoughts from this year’s participating artists. Here are the always delightful Matt Baram, Naomi Snieckus, and Ron Pedersen who together make up The National Theatre of the World. We chat about their move from improv to scripted material, some extraordinarily shameless plugging, and the definition of Parcheesi.

For tickets and more information about The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, head on over here: TorontoSketchFest.com

Interview with Mike Kiss and Ted Sutton of ‘Deadpan Powerpoint’ at the 2011 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

10 Nov

We’ve been hitting up the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival and getting some great behind the scenes thoughts from this year’s participating artists. Here are Mike Kiss and Ted Sutton from Deadpan Powerpoint on their chemistry as performing partners (or lack thereof), the joys of a live audience, and their mad google image search skills.

For tickets and more information about The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, head on over here: TorontoSketchFest.com

Interview with Nick Chenosky and Craig Scorgie of ‘Good Game’ at the 2011 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

10 Nov

We’ve been hitting up the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival and getting some great behind the scenes thoughts from this year’s participating artists. Here are Nick Chenosky and Craig Scorgie from London Ontario’s Good Game on defying punchline expectations, the appeals of the big city, and knowing your audience.

For tickets and more information about The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, head on over here: TorontoSketchFest.com

Interview with Ian MacIntyre of ‘Approximately 3 Peters’ at the 2011 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

10 Nov

We’ve been hitting up the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival and getting some great behind the scenes thoughts from this year’s participating artists. Here is Ian MacIntyre from Approximately 3 Peters on the rise of nerd-dom, the problem with working with people who think like you, and why hard work sometimes does pay off.

For tickets and more information about The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, head on over here: TorontoSketchFest.com

Interview with Sarah Wilson – Star of Soulpepper Theatre’s production of David Mamet’s ‘Oleanna’

19 Feb

I had a chance to speak with the thoughtful and talented Sarah Wilson about her challenging role in Soulpepper‘s production of David Mamet’s controversial and ambiguous play Oleanna.  Listen to the interview below!

For tickets and more information about Oleanna, head over here!

Interview with Mike Kiss – Writer and Performer with Sketch Comedy Duo ‘Deadpan Powerpoint’

8 Nov

Here’s a conversation with the droll and earnest Mike Kiss of ‘Deadpan Powerpoint‘ in anticipation of the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival. His thoughts near the end of the interview about why sketch doesn’t get the same respect as theatre are definitely worth hearing. Enjoy!

Interview with Brendan Gall – Writer in Residence at the Tarragon Theatre

7 Nov

Here’s a lively chat with Toronto Playwright/Actor Brendan Gall about his intriguing new play set in the world of the film industry, Wide Awake Hearts (now playing at the Tarragon Theatre), and about his experiences as a Canadian Playwright. Have a listen below!

For tickets and more information about Wide Awake Hearts, click here!