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American Theatre‘s podcasts feature timely and timeless conversations and interviews in and about the theatre field.

Three on the Aisle

A monthly (or sometimes more) podcast from New York about theatre in America, featuring drama critics Peter Marks, Terry Teachout, and Elisabeth Vincentelli. Guests have included Tracy Letts, Conor McPherson, Lila Neugebauer, Samira Wiley, Kate Hamill, Sam Hunter, Soraya Nadia McDonald, Helen Shaw, Diep Tran, Lily Janiak, Tamilla Woodard, and more.

The Subtext

A podcast where playwrights talk to playwrights about the things usually left unsaid: what irks, agitates, motivates, inspires, and makes writers tick. Brian James Polak hosts. Guests have included David Adjmi, Antoinette Nwandu, Jen Silverman, Will Arbery, Korde Arrington Tuttle, Clare Barron, Chica Hutchinson, Rebecca Gilman, Isaac Gomez, Ike Holter, and many more.

Token Theatre Friends

This podcast from Diep Tran and Jose Solís‏ (discontinued in June 2020; new independent site here) brought a person-of-color perspective to reviews of and interviews with theatre artists in New York City.

Offscript

This podcast, featuring the editors of American Theatre in conversation with each other and with special guests, occasionally appears in this space but has chiefly migrated to a biweekly spot on Facebook.

Offscript: Anna & Julian in the Jacuzzi

This episode of OffScript features an interview with James McNeel, managing director of Contemporary American Theatre Festival in West Virginia. He was in town/New York City for the Off-Broadway premiere of CATF’s “Uncanny Valley,” by Thomas Gibbons. Assistant editor Diep Tran talks with him about new plays and robots.

Also, the editors of AMERICAN THEATRE discuss succession of Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, and Suzy and Diep get into a heated debate over a “Jacuzzi.” Come on in, the water’s warm!

Offscript: Awake & Online

“It’s the bitch of living.” Except not really. In this episode of Offscript, we talk to arts reporter Linda Buchwald about “Spring Awakening” at Deaf West Theatre, which uses deaf actors and sign language to add a new dimension to the Duncan Sheik/Steven Sater musical about teenage desires in 19th-century Germany. Plus our editors argue over gender parity and the politics of representation.

Offscript: Festival-palooza!

Episode 8 of Offscript features journalist and critic Helen Shaw, who discusses the surfeit of experimental theatre festivals that have popped up in New York City in January. Senior editor Eliza Bent talks to Shaw about what to see when you have five festivals to choose from, how to combat theatre-going fatigue, and the value of playing hooky and dressing warmly.

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