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  1. A couple of cast members chat about the show. Heather and Suzanne spend some time educating me about their theater paths and about their performances in "Last Gas" which will be performed at the Concord City Auditorium May 6-8. Tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=cpcnh To purchase tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=cpcnh Their program bios: Suzanne Watts (Lureen) is thrilled to be back on stage after a decade away! This is her first show with The Players and she'd like to thank Wayland for giving her this opportunity to do what she truly loves. She has a BA in Theater Arts from Drew University and an MA in European Classical Acting from Drama Centre London. She is originally from Penacook, delighted to have moved back home. When she's not on stage, she loves to sing, dance, ski, read, cook, and do yoga. Heather Carmichael (Cherry-Tracy) remembers a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, she could be seen performing with the now disbanded Feed The Herd Theatre Company in NYC. Prior to that, she studied and graduated from The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland (01-03). She holds a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College (1998). Heather and her family- husband Greg, daughter Athena, son Neil, dog Pepper and 30 yr. old turtle Artie- are new to NH, having moved here from the ‘burbs of NYC this past July. Heather enjoys hiking, traveling, navigating corn mazes and singing. She’s excited to return to the stage after a 14 yr. hiatus with such a marvelous group of Players!
  2. Community Players of Concords upcoming Spring production. Wayland Bunnell and Patrick McGranaghan take a moment to talk about the play "Last Gas" which will be opening shortly in the Concord City Auditorium. May 6-8, 2022 Directed by Wayland Bunnell Cast List Nat Paradis: Patrick McGranaghan Troy Paridis-Pulcifer: Ryan Flaherty Dwight Paradis: Eric Stanley Guy Gagnon: Jerry Smith Cherry-Tracy Pulcifer: Heather Carmichael Lureen Legassey Soloway: Suzanne Watts Synopsis: Last Gas by John Cariani Nat Paradis is a Red Sox-loving part-time dad who manages Paradis Last Convenient Store, the last convenient place to get gas--or anything-- before the Canadian border and on the edge of what's wild and what's not. If you remember our production of "Almost, Maine" in February of 2011, you'll remember how delightful Cariani's characters and situations are. Last Gas also takes place in way-northern Maine, in a very small, unincorporated town, T16-R8, where unusual things happen to ordinary people. Long-time member Wayland Bunnell (from way-northern Colebrook, New Hampshire) directs a cast of six, four of which are brand new to The Players: Suzanne Watts, Heather Carmichael, Eric Stanley and Patrick McGranaghan. Children's Theater veteran Ryan Flaherty plays the teenage son, and Jerry Smith (The Full Monty, The Drowsy Chaperone, and others) round out the cast. Both staff and actors are wonderful, devoted, and working hard to bring this amazing play to you. So come take another trip back to way-northern Maine and see how funny, touching, moving and universal the human condition is. There's more than moose that can cross and impact our paths! Tickets: May 6-8, 2022 https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?actions=4&p=1 Players website: http://communityplayersofconcord.org
  3. Peggy Rae Johnson gives insights of the production as an audience member. Our fifth and final WRRR interview in our series. This time we talk with Peggy Rae Johnson, an audience member who saw four different performances starring four different actors. Her insights are wonderful, honest, deep and sincere.
  4. I talk with performers #7 & #9 Compagna and Dunn-Law My chats with the cast of White Rabbit Red Rabbit continues as I sit down with Aaron Compagna (#7) and Katie Dunn-Law (#9) about what it like for them to perform this intriguing play. YouTube video version:
  5. Chris Avery, performer #8 In 2021 the Community Players of Concord staged nine performances, using nine different actors, of the play "White Rabbit Red Rabbit". No actor can have seen a previous production or have ever been in a previous production and once they've performed they can never perform it a second time. With no rehearsals, no directions and having never seeing the set before they walked onto it on their performance night, each performer was tasked with opening their script on stage for the first time and perform the piece. Today I talk with performer #8, Chris Avery. We discuss why he was chosen, the difficulty of the piece, what it did for him personally, etc. YouTube video version:
  6. Katie Collins, performer #5 In 2021 the Community Players of Concord staged nine performances, using nine different actors, of the play "White Rabbit Red Rabbit". No actor can have seen a previous production or have ever been in a previous production and once they've performed they can never perform it a second time. With no rehearsals, no directions and having never seeing the set before they walked onto it on their performance night, each performer was tasked with opening their script on stage for the first time and perform the piece. This is the first, of several actor interviews, of what it that night was like told by performer #5, my good friend, Katie Collins. Youtube video version:
  7. We talk with the producers Wayland Bunnell and Lacy Long What's it like to produce a play where your actors never see the script until they get on a live stage? No rehearsals, no directions, the actor doesn't see the set or the script until the performance! Wayland and Lacy give me all the details, well, as much as they can divulge anyhow, about the craziness of the play "White Rabbit Red Rabbit". http://communityplayersofconcord.org https://hatboxnh.com
  8. Discussing the commissioned play "The Boyg" A few years ago Matt Cahoon from theater Kapow contacted A.J. Ditty and asked if he would write a play for him. That play is about to be staged in Derry, NH and Charlestown, MA. Matt and A.J. take some time to discuss the process, the cast and the production in general. We especially discuss the back story of the play and the very interesting casting choices that were made to enhance the productions value. theatre Kapow website: https://tkapow.com/index.html
  9. Our first chat! Just as the "you-know-what" ramps up in the USA I chat with Joel about himself, Jeans Playhouse and how they're prepping for the deep sleep the virus is putting on live theatre.
  10. The Winnipesaukee Playhouse and Covid Neil and I take time to chat about the impact of the pandemic on theater in general and The Winnie Playhouse in particular.
  11. NHCTA & NETC Chuck gives us an overview of what the NHCTA and NETC are all about. He also talks a bit about adjudicating show and tries to get me to open up about myself. https://youtu.be/_VV8OLPvpu4 https://www.facebook.com/groups/nhcta
  12. Aaron Compagna and Toby H. Paul Improve for the People! In our first (YES you read that right: OUR FIRST) podcast video we bring Aaron Compagna and Toby H. Paul from QCI (Queen City Improv) into the studio and talk about what the hell is improv comedy and why in the world would anyone want to do it?
  13. Set Designer Jim Webber and I talk about his background and his early days in L.A. as well as ideas about set design. Then, around the 40 minute mark, we talk about "Somethings Afoot" a play he's producing for the Community Players of Concord.
  14. Managing Director - New World Theatre In part 2 Donald helps us to see the evolution and future of New World Theatre as well as discussing the plays he hopes will hit Broadway and the crazy intensive process that all his plays go through before they're ready to hit the stage.
  15. Managing Director - New World Theatre In part 1 Donald and I talk about his early days of writing and how it progressed over the years, about his connection to the old Smothers Brothers tv show and how that connection may have been the ultimate cause for the shows cancellation. We discuss the nuts and bolts of playwriting such as what a dramaturg is, what the Dramatists Guild is and all of the autonomy that a playwright has.
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