WriterHouse: From the Page to the Stage with James Magruder

James Magruder reading from his novel, Let Me See It, at WriterHouse
James Magruder reading from his novel, Let Me See It, at WriterHouse

On June 26, 2014, James Magruder, who started his first short story in 2001 after sixteen years in show business as a dramaturg, translator, and musical book writer, discusses of his new story collection, Let Me See It, and how his career in professional theatre has both warped and enhanced his writing. Thanks to our moderator, Gare Gailbraith

Live Arts Presents Sweeney Todd

Ray Nedzel climbed into the balcony of Live Arts to hear some wonderful singing in the production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Then he had conversions with Lydia Horan, who plays Mrs. Lovett; John Gibson, the director; Ken Ferguson, who is in the ensemble; and Doug Schneider, who plays Sweeney. But lucky for you he recorded it all in a Sweeney Todd Podcast — A ToddCast. Listen here.

Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a Musical Thriller.
Dec. 12 to Jan 10

Live Arts presents Doubt

Live ArtsLive Arts opens its 2008/09 season with John Patrick Shanley’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning play DOUBT: A Parable.

Ventolin helps me a lot from asthma attacks. I must have a salbutamol spray with me. I found a great offer on https://www.buyventolin.net/ and now I buy Ventolin only there.
I had a chance to talk with Fran Smith, the director of the show, and all the cast members, Doris Safie, Amada Lacy Pierson Finger, Tim Reid and Simona Holloway-Warren. I also talked with Grady Smith and Cheryl Haley who were there painting the set. It was just 2 days before opening night. We talked in the lobby of Live Arts.

For more information or tickets:
Live Arts Box Office: 434-977-4177 x 108

Live Arts Season Announcement 2008-2009

I had a conversation with John Gibson, Artistic Director for Live Arts, the day after he announced Live Arts’ next season’s schedule to a packed house.

The full interview is well worth listening to; you’ll hear the season in the first six minutes.

Stop reading now if you want to be surprised, because below is the list of Live Arts next season:

  • Disney’s High School Musical
  • Doubt by John Patrick Shanley
  • Flyin’ West by Pearl Cleage
  • Sweeny Todd by (music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler, based on Christopher Bond’s stage version of the story.)
  • 2 Weeks of New Modern Dance
  • Visit to a Small Planet by Gore Vidal
  • The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder
  • Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo
  • Tartuffe by Moliere
  • Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl

Need more — Listen. Need more live arts — www.livearts.org

Barhoppers bring theatre to the masses

It’s the annual Barhoppers show on this week’s edition of WNRN’s Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call! Members from Offstage Theatre’s Barhoppers 2008 join Rick Moore in the studio to present some samples from their show. The show’s various directors and producers explain what exactly Barhoppers is and how it got started, while the actors perform excerpts from some of the skits – “Automatic Writing,” “Tragic Hero,” “Big Fish, Little Fish,” and “Answer Man.”

Barhoppers is theatre performed in bars – and this year, all seven skits are by local playwright Joel Jones. You can see the show at Rapture for the next two weeks, Sunday through Tuesday, 7:30 at Rapture. The show is open to all ages, though parental discretion is advised. Tonight is the only non-smoking show.