Monday, May 5, 2008

American Theatre Wing Podcasts

With the Tony Awards coming up soon, this is a good time to point out a resource:

The American Theatre Wing has two free podcasts available.

One is an audio podcast called "Downstage Center". It is the podcast version of their weekly XM Satellite Radio program. This week's interview is with Harold Prince. In recent weeks, they have spoken with Paul Rudnick, James Earl Jones, Michael Cumpsty (who was at UNC-CH at the same time I was, and whom I saw in many Playmakers Repertory productions), Nathan Lane, Edward Albee and Tom Stoppard. Each program lasts approximately an hour.

The other is a video podcast called "Working In the Theatre." These seminars take place about once a month, so they fill in other weeks by encoding programs from their archives. The nature of the panel changes from program to program. "Production" programs tend to feature the writers, directors, producers, cast and crew of a single show. "Performance" programs feature a panel of performers from several shows that are running on Broadway when the program is taped. Other programs can feature a panel of, for example, writers, or a panel of producers or directors or designers.

Far more interesting material than I have time to watch or listen to.

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