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Two weeks’ worth of free talk, including a new voice in the mix.

It’s been two weeks since our last podcast roundup (if you’ve been counting), so there are a lot to share this time around, including one of our own. Without further ado…

Off and On Bernardo Cubria’s New York-based podcast has kept up its usual schedule, which means we’ve got two new interviews for your delectation. First is with playwright Janine Nabers, a Yale Drama Series Prize Winner who chats with about the pros and cons of writing plays on commission and about a new play of hers inspired by the recent spate of rape allegations against Bill Cosby.

Next is a chat with playwright Jonathan Caren about theatre in L.A. (it actually exists!), why having children is scary, and how a playwright prepares to pitch a TV pilot. This episode includes a bonus chat with Jonathan Mandell, who offers a February theatre preview.

 

Born Ready They’re baaaaacck! Bay Area’s bad boys of theatre punditry took some time off over the holidays to open a new performance venue but they’ve marked their return with a double-header of frank-talkin’ episodes. In the first, they take advantage of their new PianoFight space to record the show in front of a live audience, with local comic Kevin O’Shea on hand to keep them on their toes (and call out one local presenter for not paying performers fairly).

Next, the dudes sit down with two of Frisco’s busiest indie producers, Stuart Bousel and Jamie DeWolf, to hash over such ageless quandaries as, Are awards bullshit? and, Are ticket sales a good measure of quality?

 

OffScript This week, American Theatre‘s own podcast features a lively critics roundtable about David Lindsay-Abaire’s ubiquitous Good People and a chat among the editors about Sean Graney, Taylor Mac, Halley Feiffer and a little show called Hamilton.

 

Maxamoo This great New York City podcast, recovering its composure after its tumultuous festival roundup, looks at a number of new productions, from the Canadian face-off Winners and Losers to a new production of Into the Woods:

Then they do another of their indispensable preview episodes, filling us in about a number of upcoming shows, only a few of which were on our radar.

 

General Admission This Chicago-based podcast offers a mini-episode previewing their upcoming season of shows. Sounds like it’s going to be a good one.

 

This week on the Washington, D.C.-based Exit the Stage Door, host Erin Teachman chats with Maureen Monterubio and Nick Vargas of Field Trip Theatre, whose mission statement is quite simply: “No dead white guys.” Their conversation covers the joys and challenges of mounting new plays, DC Fringe, and what it takes to make a brand new theatre company.

 

New to the podcast mix is David Lawson’s Stipend, the latest episode of which features an interview with Laurel Casillo, who went from self-producing shows in NY Fringe to making her Broadway debut in the 2014 Best Play Tony nominee Act One.

 

Finally, out in Southern California, Chuck Clay’s Curtain Call has a lively chat with improv performer Lita Lopez.

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