The Business of Broadway

On today’s podcast, we are joined by Mitch Weiss, long-time member of the Broadway community and personal friend. His second book, “The Business of Broadway”, written along with Perri Gaffney is an insider’s guide to working, producing, and investing in the world’s greatest theatre community. Mitch was one of the first people we met when REP RADIO took Manhattan and we are thrilled to chat with him about the Great White Way! Stay Tuned!

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ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF BROADWAY

By: Mitch Weiss and Perri Gaffney. The Business of Broadway is essential reading for anyone interested in producing, investing, or working in theatre. Engaging and illuminating, Mitch Weiss and Perri Gaffney explain the myriad of people and roles they play to collaborate on a show from development to opening night and beyond.

ABOUT MITCH WEISS

Mitch has thirty-five years of management experience in theatre and music. He has managed over 180 Broadway and off-Broadway shows including Tony Award winners A Chorus LineThe Grapes of Wrath, and Beauty and the Beast, and has also held senior management positions at Disney Theatricals International, New York Shakespeare Festival, Barrington Stage Company, and Big Apple Circus. 

Mr. Weiss has served on the Board of Broadway’s Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers and has been a certified ATPAM manager since 1985. He is an adjunct professor at NYU’s School of Professional Studies and mentors future arts administrators through his classes at www.JustLearnSomething.us.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://justlearnsomething.us

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Mercury Fur

Maybe we should start a special podcast series that highlights the work of one Josh Hitchens. The jack of many theatrical trades shares his artistic vision with Melissa Amilani for this Brainspunk production, the most controversial play of the last 20 years! Stay Tuned!

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The most controversial play of the last 20 years, Mercury Fur first opened in London to a mix of anger and praise. Receiving its Philadelphia premiere, the play is set in a post-apocalyptic version of London’s East End where terror, gangs, violence, and drugs in the form of butterflies rule. Two brothers deal the butterflies and engage in trade with objects stolen from places like the British Museum, looted by butterfly addicted customers. The real source of income is holding parties for wealthy clients in which their wildest horrific fantasies come to life, asking us all the question-how far we are willing to go to save the people we love? Not for the weak of heart.

 WARNING: GRAPHIC VIOLENCE & ADULT SITUATIONS. CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 18 NOT ADMITTED WITHOUT PARENT OR GUARDIAN.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://www.brainspunktheater.com

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Get Into Our Shorts!

It is always our plan to take a break in the summer. But, creativity never takes a break. So, when REP RADIO alum, Todd Holtsberry reached out about this PDC and Painted Bride collaboration, out came the recording devices and I took a trip to Painted Bride Arts Center. I even got dressed for the occasion! Stay Tuned!

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“Get into Our Shorts!” is a festival of non-traditional short plays written by Philadelphia playwrights. Each work in this series breaks theatrical mold, whether it’s through unique use of language, absurd double casting, or stranger-than-fiction plot twists. Join us for a four-evening showcase of the city’s best playwrights, actors, and directors on the Painted Bride stage. “Get into Our Shorts!” is presented by Painted Bride Art Center and the Philadelphia Dramatist Center.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

GIOS at Painted Bride

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Bicycle Face and SoLow Promos

Today’s podcast features the SoLow production, “Bicycle Face”. Melissa Amilani had the opportunity to sit down with the team behind this piece and explore its origins. This episode also features promo spots signified by the tuning in of a radio. These promos spots feature “Human & Autisman” by John Cherney and “The Dirty Word Club” by Michelle Pauls. These are just a  few of the many productions featured in the 2015 SoLow Festival. Stay Tuned!

ABOUT BICYCLE FACE

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“THE UNCONSCIOUS EFFORT TO MAINTAIN ONE’S BALANCE TENDS TO PRODUCE A WEARIED AND EXHAUSTED ‘BICYCLE FACE’” – Literary Digest, 1895

Set in Philadelphia and framed by a feminist theory class taught in the year 2125, Bicycle Face tells the interconnected stories of three fictional women, separated by a century each, navigating the changing landscape of feminism, censorship and cycling.

Come check out Hannah Van Sciver’s solo show, running for five performances from June 19-21st. Seating is limited! Reserve a spot at: http://www.hannahvansciver.com/bicycle-face.html

HUMAN & AUTISMAN                             First, behavioral therapist John Cherney tells a story of working alongside autism, aggression, and isolation. Half personal, half theoretical. Human & Autisman stands right between the idea that we’re all competing, and that we’re all one. Human & Autisman

 

 

The Dirty Word Club

THE DIRTY WORD CLUB by Michelle Pauls
What are your weird impulses? Mines have to do with secret clubs, driving off bridges and alien kidnappings, and maybe some Ukrainian throat singing and hula-hooping thrown in for good measure. A SoLow show for anyone who’s ever been weird.

In my first solo endeavor, I explore some episodes of weirdness in my life: starting the Dirty Word Club in 3rd Grade, smoking something wacky for the first time, heavy petting with Sister Regina in Middle School. The Dirty Word Club

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT ALL SoLow Productions:

http://solowfest.com

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SoLow Promos on REP RADIO!

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We’re doing it again! Since, we are huge fans of SoLow Festival, we are giving the artists an opportunity to tease their work over our airwaves. FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit http://repradio.org/promos/ to get all the details and submit your work!

Come, Share your voice with us!

Stay Tuned! REP RADIO is On The Air!

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Propolis

On Today’s podcast, I am reunited with a dear friend and now, published author, Daniel Dw. In our 16-year friendship, we have bounced many creative ideas off of each other and the greatest fear was the thought of ever having to let one go. We’ve adopted the idea of creating “artistic boxes” to keep all of our ideas fresh and in the episode, we explore Daniel’s collection in a world of science fiction centered around a futuristic piece of software that is the nerve center for the Hive Transmedia Project. Propolis is the first novella in the series that well combine multiple artistic platforms to create a great escape! Wonder where this idea came from? Find out as we go “Inside The Writer’s Mind” with Daniel Dw. Stay Tuned!

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ABOUT PROPOLIS

Propolis is part one of the Hive ongoing series. Perhaps the first of its kind, this book is one part apocalyptic literature and one part interactive media. Through scannable QR codes, readers will have changing and evolving story enhancements in the form of soundtrack, video and real world interactive easter egg hunt.

In 2023, Hive (human interface for virtual evolution) is an augmented-reality technology that consolidates an individual’s devices and technology into a holographic visual display that is projected from their mind. Millions connect and become a collective consciousness, while The Disconnected are left in its wake; forced to adapt to a primitive lifestyle in the outskirts of Hive cities. Conflict is inevitable, however the reality behind Hive may be even stranger than anyone realized.

Propolis follows nine-year-old Samantha Plessis, as she witnesses her family opt-in to beta testing this new product to receive health insurance benefits to treat her immune disorder. Since her disease prevents her from connecting to Hive, she becomes gradually alienated by her family whose method of communication is now changing.

Hive is a science-fiction transmedia project told through a series of books, films, social media and real-world interactive events. This six-part novella series is the main narrative. The story takes place from the year 2023 to 2050.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://www.hivetech.media

BUY THE BOOK – AMAZON

BUY THE BOOK – BARNES AND NOBLE

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Take a trip “To The Moon” with #1812Productions!

On Today’s podcast, we begin Season 6 with a trip “To The Moon”…well, to “South Fil-Delphia”, to meet with Artistic Director, Jennifer Childs who penned this homage production of “To The Moon”. We were also joined by Scott Greer whose character, Scottie channels the memorable stylings of Jackie Gleason’s most notable portrayals. Stay Tuned!

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ABOUT TO THE MOON

In To The Moon, celebrated Philadelphia actor, and Barrymore Award winner, Scott Greer plays brash, put-upon, and underemployed actor Scottie, whose fantasy life frequently invades his real one. Working as a standardized patient, rehearsing different illnesses for medical students rehearsing to be doctors, Scottie dreams of becoming the captain of his own destiny like his idol, Jackie Gleason. After discovering an unproduced script from The Jackie Gleason Show, Scottie sets his sights on fame and excess, knowing that if one wants to be the best, one has to act the part. In Scottie’s words, “Gleason? Nobody told him what to do. He wanted to eat, he ate. He wanted to drink, he drank. He wanted to smoke, he smoked. He wanted to have his own show, he had his own show.” Barrymore Award nominee Anthony Lawton plays Scottie’s neighbor and best pal, Lawton. Ever an optimist, and slightly aloof, Lawton is also an actor working a less-than-ideal circuit of historical reenactments, children’s parties, and hot dog commercials. Down but not out, Lawton is a perfect sidekick for Scottie’s schemes.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://1812productions.org

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