Episode 41 – Suze Allen

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Suze Allen is a resident playwright at Three Girls Theatre and a co-founder of the company. 3Girls Theatre Company is proud to be one of the very few theater companies in the nation that produce only plays by women playwrights. 3GT seeks more than “gender parity” in the theater: the company has a vision of a world where stories told by women are heard onstage just as often as stories told by men.  In other words – 3GT wants to help change our cultural mindset!

Suze is a published author, teacher, dramaturg and director with credits on both coasts. She was the creator of Fresh New Works San Francisco, The Maine Playwrights’ Lab and Short Works Festival, Artistic Director for the SF Writers and Actors Lab, Director for Fertile Ground Writing Studio and the resident Dramaturge and playwriting instructor at The Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco. Her work and the work she has directed has played the Dramatists Guild’s SF Footlights, Tides Theatre, Brava Theatre, 450 Geary, The Marsh, Intersection for the Arts, Noh Space, The Phoenix, OutNorth Contemporary Art House in Anchorage Alaska and The San Francisco and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. Her show THE MANIC MAMA DANCE premiered at the Marsh Café and played Birthfest 2008. Suze co-authored the book, The Time-Starved Woman’s Guide to Emotional Well Being with SD Shanti and advises writers through her company Manuscript Mentor.

Suze will be directing a new play called “The Birthday Lottery” by Richard Fouts. The show opens on March 29th, 2017. The location is ZSpace in San Francisco, CA and it runs for 4 nights.

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Episode 36 – Kevin Spacey’s Downfall, The Right Way to Audition, TV Today

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It looks like Kevin Spacey’s career might be over. Apparently, he has used his status to harass numerous people over the years. It’s rumored that he might be investigated by British police for other acts of sexual harassment. This is such a sad ending to a great career. Of course, I feel for the victims, and I also feel for Spacey. Everyone has been destroyed by his behavior including himself. 

I also talk about the right way to audition. Is there a right way? I think so. 

Finally, I explore my opinion on the sorry state of television right now. In my opinion, the existence too many programs are having a detrimental effect on overall quality. 

I hope everyone had a spectacular Thanksgiving!

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Episode 35 – Kevin Spacey’s Foibles, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld

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This week I take a peak, so to speak, at Kevin Spacey and his recent debacle. Since I recorded this episode yesterday, many people are now saying that Spacey regularly abused his power on the set of House of Cards and created a “toxic” work environment on the set through a pattern of sexual harassment and assault. I don’t want to believe this. Kevin has been a great representative for all actors for many years. To think that he may have behaved in ways that hurt numerous people is difficult for me to accept. 

On a lighter note, this episode also talks about the return of Curb Your Enthusiasm to HBO! After a six-year absence, the half hour program has been resurrected by Larry David and the executives at Home Box Office. I also take a look at the iconic sit-com, Seinfeld and analyze the similarities and differences with Curb. Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David have created multi-million dollar enterprises with the two comedies. So, you better listen, or NO SOUP for YOU!

 

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Episode 34 – The Prince of Egypt at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

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TheatreWorks Silicon Valley announced today that its current production, The Prince of Egypt, is now the highest-selling musical in the 48-year-old theatre company’s history. With 15 remaining performances, this new work from Grammy-and-Oscar-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) and book writer Philip LaZebnik (Pocahontas, Mulan), is a soaring celebration of the human spirit recounting one of the greatest stories ever told: the saga of Moses, his Pharaoh brother Ramses, and the indomitable people who changed both their destinies.

Directed by Broadway’s Scott Schwartz, The Prince of Egypt has to date grossed more than $650,000 in ticket sales, surpassing the previous record-holder, Jane Austen’s EMMA, another TheatreWorks world-premiere musical, which garnered more than $540,000 in ticket sales. Inspired by the DreamWorks animated film of the same name, The Prince of Egypt is presented by TheatreWorks now through November 5, 2017 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. For tickets ($40-$100) and more information the public may visit TheatreWorks.org or call (650) 463-1960.

The Prince of Egypt, co-produced by Fredericia Teater, will next be re-mounted in Denmark for its international and co-world premiere in April 2018. The Prince of Egypt features the Oscar-winning Best Song “When You Believe,” as well as more than a dozen new songs from Schwartz. This vibrant new stage production incorporates a multi-ethnic cast led by Diluckshan Jeyaratnam, an acclaimed Danish actor/singer making his US debut as Moses, and Broadway’s Jason Gotay (Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), as Ramses.

The Prince of Egypt cast also includes Broadway veterans such as Tom Nelis (Pharaoh Seti), Christina Sajous (Queen Tuya), and Brennyn Lark (Tzipporah), and Will Mann (High Priest Hotep), as well as acclaimed actors such as Julie Motyka (Miriam), David Crane (Aaron), Jamila Sabares-Klemm (Nefertari), Ayelet Firstenberg (Youchved) and Paul-Jordan Jansen (Jethro). Natalie Schroeder and Alexandra Van De Poel share the role of Young Miriam while Dylan K. Curtis and Oliver Copaken Yellin alternate as Young Aaron. The diverse ensemble for this new work is comprised of CarMichael James Blankenship, Dominic Dagdagan, Katherine Dela Cruz, Jourdan Epstein, Brian Flores, Gabriel Hyman, Joshua Keith, Travis Leland, Alison Mixon, Ramone Owens, David Sattler, Alicia Shumway, and Kalyn West. The creative, musical, and technical team assembled for The Prince of Egypt is Sean Cheesman (Choreographer), Ann Hould-Ward (Costume Designer), Kevin Depinet (Scenic Designer), August Eriksmoen (Orchestration), Dominick Amendum (Music Supervisor/Arrangements), William Liberatore (Musical Director), Mike Billings (Lighting Designer), Cliff Caruthers (Sound Designer), Shawn Sagady (Projections Designer), J. Jared Janas (Wig, Hair, Makeup Designer), Jacques Simard (Magic Consultant), and Randall K. Lum (Stage Manager).

Founded in 1883, the co-producing Fredericia Teater is one of Denmark’s most distinguished institutions in music and music theatre. Committed to producing relevant and groundbreaking musicals, Fredericia attracts more than 150,000 patrons per season from all over the country. In 2011 the company began a policy of exclusively presenting musicals that had never been professionally performed in Denmark. With some 100,000 patrons per year, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has captured a national reputation for artistic innovation and integrity, often presenting Bay Area theatregoers with their first look at acclaimed musicals, comedies, and dramas, directed by award-winning local and guest directors, and performed by professional actors cast locally and from across the country.

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Episode 33 – The film “Her” – Directed by Spike Jonze and starring Joaquin Phoenix

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This week we take a look at the 2013 film, Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix, and written and directed by Spike Jonze, the man with the coolest name in show business! Her marks Jonze’s solo screenwriting debut.

The film follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a man who develops a relationship with Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), an intelligent computer operating system personified through a female voice. 

Jonze conceived the idea in the early 2000s after reading an article about a website that allowed for instant messaging with an artificial intelligence program. He wrote the first draft of the script in five months. Principal photography took place in Los Angeles and Shanghai in mid-2012. 

Her premiered at the 2013 New York Film Festival on October 12, 2013. Warner Bros. initially provided a limited release for Her at six theaters on December 18. It was later given a wide release at over 1,700 theaters in the United States and Canada on January 10, 2014. Her received widespread critical acclaim upon its release, and grossed over $48 million worldwide on a production budget of $23 million.

The film received numerous awards and nominations, primarily for Jonze’s screenplay. At the 86th Academy Awards, Her received five nominations, including Best Picture, and won the award for Best Original Screenplay. Jonze also won awards for his screenplay at the 71st Golden Globe Awards, the 66th Writers Guild of America Awards, the 19th Critics’ Choice Awards, and the 40th Saturn Awards. In a 2016 BBC poll of 177 critics around the world, Her was voted the 84th-greatest film since 2000.*

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