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Review: “Give Me Away” Broadens and Deepens to Close Out Season One

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Give Me Away (Season One, Part Two) Written by Mac Rogers Directed by Jordana Williams Presented by Gideon Media , with distribution from PRX Episode 5: September 17; episode 6: September 24; episode 7: October 1; episode 8: October 8; episode 9: October 15 on all podcast platforms; or, all episodes available September 17 on Stitcher Premium Cover art by Kate Kosma Give Me Away , the multi-season sci-fi audio drama from multimodal writer Mac Rogers, has returned to close out its first season. Individual episodes will be available for free on Gideon Media’s website and all podcast platforms, with release dates from September 17th through October 15th. Audience members who don’t want to wait that long to find out what happens next—and there are a few significant cliffhangers—can listen to all episodes ad-free on Stitcher Premium beginning the same day that the first episode of the back half of this season is released. Listeners can obtain a free month of Stitcher Premium by visiting ww

News: Remastered "Loveville High" and Songs from the Podcast Re-Released, Streaming Free

Loveville High: A Prom in Nine Musical Podcasts , in association with the Broadway Podcast Network, has announced that a re-release of the remastered audio musical plus songs from the podcast will be available free on streaming services. With book and lyrics by David Zellnik (Drama Desk-nominated Yank! ) and music by Eric Svejcar (Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. with Zellnik),  Loveville High  takes place on prom night in the fictional town of Loveville, Ohio. Each ten-minute episode tells a love story – new love, old love, romantic love, friend love, gay and straight, cis and genderqueer; each is a self-contained musical while also connecting with the other episodes to form a glimpse into the biggest night in the lives of one high school class. The first five remastered episodes and a special bonus episode were released together, with the final four remastered episodes released weekly on subsequent Wednesdays. Episodes are available exclusively from the Broadway Podcast Network on the BPN AP

News: Hedgepig Ensemble and Partners "Expand the Canon" Again Beginning Sep. 13

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  Concepts such as the "canon" and "classic" works have been sites of struggle, in both academics and performance, for some time now, leading to some seismic changes both in who is considered a canonical writer and in who gets to shape that conversation. Of course, while undeniable advances in decentering White male writers and in increasing equity and representation have been made, the process of rethinking the canon remains contested and ongoing. In 2020, perceiving an inflection point in the New York City theater arts community, Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre , a Brooklyn-based collective founded in 2012, launched Expand the Canon , which focuses on furthering the inclusion of diverse women playwrights among what theater artists and audiences consider to be the classics. Having had success in influencing the works that have appeared not only on stages large and small but also in higher education classrooms nationwide, Hedgepig will shortly be highlighting a new set of

News: Krista Knight's "Crush" Named a Finalist for the Broadway On Demand Film Festival

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Image courtesy Emily Owens PR Crush , a VR puppet play by Krista Knight , is a finalist for the Broadway on Demand Film Festival, a short film festival to honor the groundbreaking ways in which creators approach theater in a digital age and socially-distant world. The short film with the most views by September 13 will be live-streamed on the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Emmy® OTT platform this fall. To watch Crush , just create a free account at Broadway On Demand . Crush  is a six-part video puppet play created by No Puppet Co. using virtual reality. Picking up roughly from where Kafka left off—a loner, squatter, and rebel dares to love. We follow the anti-morphosis through a series of beat poetry performances as our hero draws nearer to the object of his desire and his undoing.  When  Crush , a finalist for the 45th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, was canceled due to COVID-19, Knight and Barry Brinegar decided to use the virtual

Review: "God of Obsidian" Gleams Darkly

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Cover art by Kate Kosma God of Obsidian Written by Mac Rogers Directed by Jordana Williams Presented by Gideon Media on all podcast platforms Episode 1: August 27, 2021 Episode 2: September 3, 2021 Episode 3: September 10, 2021 If an intimate partner proposes any type of Bluebeard-style rule or, worse yet, expresses a lack of empathy for the service workers who deliver goods to his/her/their home, consider that a red flag. This applies doubly if the home in question stands at the end of a rickety bridge in the woods, as does Nathan's (Mac Rogers) sylvan abode in Mac Rogers's God of Obsidian . Rogers and Rebecca Comtois, as Nathan's significant other, Alice, reprise their roles from God of Obsidian 's 2017 stage debut as it transitions seamlessly into a free three-part audio play for this new production. Alice's first impression of Nathan's home elicits a comparison to the Brothers Grimm, and although subtle fairy tale elements indeed run throughout the play (Nat

Review: "Alma Baya" Gives New Meaning(s) to Pod People

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Alma Baya Written and directed by Edward Einhorn Presented by Untitled Theater Company No. 61 at A.R.T./New York Theatres 502 W. 53rd Street (at 10th Ave), Manhattan, NYC In-person: August 13 - 28, 2021 (masks and proof of vaccination required) Streaming on-demand: August 18 - September 19, 2021 Alma Baya Cast B - JaneAnne Halter, Maggie Cino, Nina Mann. Photo credit: Arthur Cornelius In Edward Einhorn's absurdist sci-fi drama Alma Baya , two's company; three's an ontological earthquake. Alma (Maggie Cino) inhabits a pod on a hostile alien planet with her assistant Baya (JaneAnne Halter), confined within due to the failure of their space suits, their lives measured by the alarms and bells of machines. Then a third woman (Nina Mann)* materializes outside, pounding on the airlock to be let in. Even before she emerges, naked, from the enclosed space of the airlock as if in a (re)birth, the Stranger's arrival, as she correctly observes later, has irreversibly changed ever

Review: "A Small Handful" from a Towering Poet

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A Small Handful Conceived and directed by Jim Petosa Presented by PTP/NYC via streaming August 13-17, 2021 Paula Langton. Courtesy DARR Publicity A Small Handful is the final of three online productions in what PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project) is calling its Season 34 ½. This filmed piece presents a trio of poems by Anne Sexton, a pillar of 20th-century American poetry who struggled with her mental health and died by suicide in 1974. Each of the three poems is spoken and then sung, providing distinct but complementary experiences of Sexton's words. Running under half an hour, A Small Handful is free, but reservations are required and can be made at Home | PTP/NYC (ptpnyc.org) . Donations in support of the company are of course welcomed. The poems performed come from the earliest and latest of Sexton's published volumes, beginning with "Where It Was At Back Then," from the posthumous 45 Mercy Street (1976); then reaching back to "Music Swims Back to Me,"