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The Talk Theatre In Chicago Podcast is your audio source for Chicago's theatre scene.  Every Monday, the Talk Theatre In Chicago Podcast delivers in-depth interviews of those making theatre happen.

We have had a total of 416 episodes and interviewed 540 different guests! View the alphabetical list of all guests.

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PJ Paparelli and Keith KupfererPJ Paparelli and Keith Kupferer - Dec 22, 2014
What makes hyper-realism work on stage? ATC Artistic director PJ Paparelli and actor Keith Kupferer join Anne Nicholson Weber to talk about developing and rehearsing the world-premiere production of Stephen Karam's play, The Humans. View the show details>>



Jay TorrenceJay Torrence - Dec 15, 2014
This week on the Talk Theatre In Chicago podcast Tom Williams talks with Jay Torrence, the author and one of the stars of Burning Bluebeard. Jay talks about his writing and production practices used to create Burning Bluebeard and about being in a play that he wrote. View the show details>>



Brad Armacost, Coburn Goss and Jeff ChristianBrad Armacost, Coburn Goss and Jeff Christian - Dec 1, 2014
One of the pleasures of the Chicago store-front scene is seeing our great actors work in tiny spaces. This week's podcast features actors Brad Armacost and Coburn Goss and director Jeff Christian, who join Anne Nicholson Weber to talk about playing up close and personal in Irish Theatre of Chicago's production of Conor McPherson's Shining City. View the show details>>



Patrick BelicsPatrick Belics - Nov 17, 2014
This week on the Talk Theatre In Chicago podcast Tom Williams talks with Patrick Belics, the artistic director at Spartan Theatre Company. He talks about their landmark production of Tony Kushner's A Bright Room Called Day and the future of Spartan Theatre. View the show details>>



Andrew Pond and Michael WoodsAndrew Pond and Michael Woods - Nov 10, 2014
Chicago's storefront theatre scene is bursting at the seams. How does a new company break in? After two break-even seasons, with a subscription base and a clutch of good reviews for their most recent production of Richard Greenberg's "Take Me Out", Eclectic Full Contact Theatre seems to have done it. Founding member Andrew Pond and Michael Woods join Anne Nicholson Weber to talk about how and why they faced the challenge. View the show details>>



Francis GuinanFrancis Guinan - Oct 20, 2014
This week on the Talk Theatre In Chicago podcast Tom Williams talks with Francis Guinan, the star of The Night Alive currently playing at the Steppenwolf Theatre. He talks about the show as well as his acting career. View the show details>>



Alex WeismanAlex Weisman - Oct 6, 2014
This week on the Talk Theatre In Chicago podcast Tom Williams talks with Alex Weisman, the star of TimeLine Theatre's My Name is Asher Lev playing at Stage 773. Alex talks about the experience in doing the play. View the show details>>



Annabel Armour and Lia MortensonAnnabel Armour and Lia Mortenson - Sep 22, 2014
Under the auspices of Remy Bumppo Theatre, twelve experienced Chicago actors are gathering each Monday night in a rehearsal room on Ravenswood Ave to study scenes with eight of Chicago's leading directors. Anne Nicholson Weber listens in as director Lia Mortenson coaches participants through scenes from J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls, and interviews Lia and Remy Bumppo Artistic Associate Annabel Armour about the purpose and structure of the "Master Scene Study Class". View the show details>>



Alex SanchezAlex Sanchez - Sep 1, 2014
This week on the Talk Theatre In Chicago podcast Tom Williams talks with Alex Sanchez the choreographer of On the Town at the Marriott Theatre. Alex talks about the challenges of doing a show not seen in Chicago in 70 years, needing triple threat performers and using a small in-the-round stage. View the show details>>



Ronald KeatonRonald Keaton - Aug 18, 2014
This week on the Talk Theatre In Chicago podcast Tom Williams talks with Ronald Keaton who wrote and stars in Churchill. He talks about how and why he came to do a solo show about Winston Churchill. He also talks about his involvement with SoloChicago- a new theatre company dedicated to mounting solo Equity-based theatre. View the show details>>



Mary Hollis Inboden, Alexander Lane and Benno NelsonMary Hollis Inboden, Alexander Lane and Benno Nelson - Aug 11, 2014
How can the theatre reach a generation that is used to sampling its art before buying? Or, put another way, what is the theatrical equivalent of movie trailers or Spotify? That's the question currently being posed by a new theatre company in town, The Common Room. Founders Mary Hollis Inboden, Alexander Lane and Benno Nelson join Anne Nicholson Weber to talk about their current experiment along these lines - a weekly live show, cheap and short, that features scenes from several productions currently playing around Chicago. View the show details>>



Gerald FrantzenGerald Frantzen - Jul 21, 2014
This week on the Talk Theatre In Chicago podcast Tom Williams talks with Gerald Frantzen, the artistic director at Chicago Folks Operetta and translator and male lead in their production of Ball at the Savoy at Stage773. He talks about the usa premier of the German operetta from 1932 that was banned by the Nazis. Ball at the Savoy is part operetta and part jazz-infused Broadway musical. He also speaks about the mission of Chicago Folks Operetta. View the show details>>



Melanie Keller and Erin NealMelanie Keller and Erin Neal - Jul 7, 2014
Each year, a Chicago actor is chosen to spend a year training and acting at the Stratford Festival in Ontario. Under the aegis of the Chicago Associates of the Stratford Festival, each year's Chicago Fellow is given the opportunity to train at the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, and to act as a member of the company. On this week's podcast, former Fellows Melanie Keller and Erin Neal join Anne Nicholson Weber to talk about their experiences at the Festival. View the show details>>



Andrew HobgoodAndrew Hobgood - Jun 23, 2014
This week on the Talk Theatre In Chicago podcast Tom Williams talks with Andrew Hobgood, the artistic director at the New Colony and director of their hit show, Orville and Wilbur Did It!. Andrew talks about the process of developing their shows in detail emphasizing the collaboration of the actors with the playwright. View the show details>>



Tara Mallen, Mary Cross and Michael SzelesTara Mallen, Mary Cross and Michael Szeles - Jun 9, 2014
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble has a spanking new home, a focused mission, and a fine production of Courtney Baron's new play, Eat Your Heart Out. Artistic Director Tara Mallen, founding ensemble member Mary Cross, and her husband and fellow cast-member Michael Szeles join Anne Nicholson Weber to talk about the history of the company, the challenges of acting with your spouse, and the technical demands of a script that cuts rapidly back and forth among multiple story lines. View the show details>>



Roslyn AlexanderRoslyn Alexander - May 26, 2014
This week on the Talk Theatre In Chicago podcast Tom Williams talks with Roslyn Alexander. She talks about writing and performing her one person show, The Passion of Emma Goldman, and her preparation to do a 90 minute one person show and her career. View the show details>>



Cody Estle, Lukas Brasherfons and Ray TolerCody Estle, Lukas Brasherfons and Ray Toler - May 19, 2014
Vieux Carre was one of Tennessee Williams' first plays and one of his last -- begun in the late 30s but not completed until forty years later, near the end of the playwright's life. The premiere production was a major Broadway flop and, despite the importance of its writer, the play has been seldom produced since then. Now Raven Theatre has brought it to Chicago audiences. Director Cody Estle, dramaturg Lukas Brasherfons and set designer Ray Toler join Anne Nicholson Weber to talk about the history, merits and challenges of this little known Williams work. View the show details>>



Edward HibbertEdward Hibbert - Apr 28, 2014
This week on the Talk Theatre In Chicago podcast Tom Williams talks with Edward Hibbert, one of the stars from the Lyric Opera's production of The Sound of Music. He talks about his role in the show as well as his time on the hit TV show Frasier and his major Broadway credits. View the show details>>



Christopher Sheard, Jake Szczepaniak, Eleni Pappageorge and Torrey HansonChristopher Sheard, Jake Szczepaniak, Eleni Pappageorge and Torrey Hanson - Apr 14, 2014
The provocative title of Mike Bartlett's play, "Cock", refers to both sexuality and cock fighting. Profiles Theatre cast members Christopher Sheard, Jake Szczepaniak, Eleni Pappageorge and Torrey Hanson join Anne Nicholson Weber to discuss sex on stage, acting without thinking and what an actor's friends should wear to a performance. View the show details>>



Jonathan AbarbanelJonathan Abarbanel - Mar 31, 2014
This week on the Talk Theatre In Chicago podcast Tom Williams talks with Jonathan Abarbanel. He talks about being the chairman of the Executive committee of the American Theatre Critic association and how they help select the Regional Tony Award theatre and all about the process of ATCA's playwright award. He also talks about his career as a theatre critic. View the show details>>



Christopher Kriz, Daniel Knox and Greg HirteChristopher Kriz, Daniel Knox and Greg Hirte - Mar 10, 2014
What are the pleasures and pitfalls of composing incidental music for a play? Chicago composers Christopher Kriz (multiple Jeff award nominee, including for his music for Lifeline Theatre's 2013 production of Pride and Prejudice) and Daniel Knox (Jeff-nominated for his music for Mary Arrchie's production of The Glass Menagerie), and actor/violinist Greg Hirte (incidental music for Piven Theatre's production of The Language Archive), join Anne Nicholson Weber to talk about their work. View the show details>>



Amanda DrinkallAmanda Drinkall - Feb 24, 2014
This week on the Talk Theatre In Chicago podcast Tom Williams talks with actress Amanda Drinkall. Amanda talks about her role in Venus In Fur at the Goodman Theatre and her acting career. View the show details>>



David Catlin and Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasiDavid Catlin and Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi - Feb 10, 2014
What makes a text suitable for the signature circus-infused style of Lookingglass Theatre? Director David Catlin and Acrobatic/ Circus Choreographer Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi join Anne Nicholson Weber to discuss their production of The Little Prince, adapted from Antoine de Saint-Exupery's beloved classic by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar. View the show details>>



Peter Oyloe, Jackie Intres and Christian LibonatiPeter Oyloe, Jackie Intres and Christian Libonati - Jan 27, 2014
This week on the Talk Theatre In Chicago podcast Tom Williams talks with Peter Oyloe, Jackie Intres and Christian Libonati. Christian talks about their latest show The Snow Queen, Jackie talks about the educational and community programs at the NW Side Chicago venue (Filament Theatre) and Peter talks about the new space and the plans for the near future for the venue. View the show details>>



Noreen HeronNoreen Heron - Jan 13, 2014
This week on the Talk Theatre In Chicago podcast Tom Williams talks with publicist Noreen Heron. Noreen talks about the roles of a publicist, her clients and her background in theatre beginning with the Candleight Theatre. View the show details>>



Jay Torrence and Halena KaysJay Torrence and Halena Kays - Dec 16, 2013
How -- and why -- would you tell the tragic story of the 1903 Iroquois Theatre disaster as a clown piece? Playwright/actor Jay Torrence and director Halena Kays join Anne Nicholson Weber to discuss the development of their unlikely and haunting hit, Burning Bluebeard, which was originally created at The Neo-Futurists and is now being remounted by The Ruffians at Theatre Wit. View the show details>>



Chris JonesChris Jones - Dec 9, 2013
This week on the Talk Theatre In Chicago podcast Tom Williams talks with Chicgo Tribune critic Chris Jones about his book Bigger, Brighter, Louder: 150 Years of Chicago Theater As Seen By Chicago Tribune Critics. Chris talks about how and why he chose the 101 reviews in the book and he also gives advise to young critics. View the show details>>



Angie Weber Miller and Emily WaeckerAngie Weber Miller and Emily Waecker - Nov 18, 2013
What is it like to make a career in Chicago theatrical design? Scenery designer Angie Weber Miller and costume designer Emily Waecker -- both 2013 Equity Jeff Award winners -- join Anne Nicholson Weber to talk about their careers, their processes and their award-winning designs. View the show details>>



David LivelyDavid Lively - Nov 4, 2013
This week on the Talk Theatre In Chicago podcast Tom Williams talks with actor David Lively. David talks about playing Horace in Hello, Dolly! at Drury Lane Oakbrook and also about his long career in musicals and classical theatre. View the show details>>



Henry Godinez, Karl Hamilton and Mark David KaplanHenry Godinez, Karl Hamilton and Mark David Kaplan - Oct 21, 2013
What are the special challenges of making theatre for a young audience? Why is "simple" difficult? Director Henry Godinez and actors Karl Hamilton and Mark David Kaplan join Anne Nicholson Weber to discuss Chicago Children's Theatre's production of A Year with Frog & Toad, a family musical adapted by Robert Reale and Willie Reale from the children's books by Arnold Lobel. View the show details>>



Millicent Hurley SpencerMillicent Hurley Spencer - Oct 7, 2013
This week on the Talk Theatre In Chicago podcast Tom Williams talks with Millicent Hurley Spencer, the star of The Trip to Bountiful at Raven Theatre. She talks about her preparation and execution of the role of Carrie Watts in the Horton Foote classic drama. View the show details>>



Ron OJ Parson and Greta OglesbyRon OJ Parson and Greta Oglesby - Sep 23, 2013
Is it necessary to say something new when you produce a classic text? Director Ron OJ Parson and actor Greta Oglesby join Anne Nicholson Weber to talk about their intimate production of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, which is currently playing at Timeline Theatre. View the show details>>



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