Ep. 27 – Goodbye Sir Antony Sher

Sir Antony Sher passed on December 2, 2021. I had the immense pleasure of seeing him perform the title role in an RSC production of Cyrano de Bergerac back in 1998. This little episode is a remembrance and celebration of Sher. The stage has lost a true titan.

Sher as Richard III (1984) with the RSC
Sher as Cyrano (1997) with the RSC

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Ep. 26 – Pillow Message

Just wanted to share this little concept I stumbled upon the other day… Pillow Message. Coined by literary agent Adam Chromy, a pillow message is a short, pithy statement one might broadcast on a t-shirt, a bumper sticker or have embroidered on a throw pillow. It tends to be a microscopic glimpse of a person’s life philosophy.

I thought it might be a neat tool for a playwright to draw upon when creating a character. Additionally, it could help shine a light on how a character’s perspective might tie in to a theme in the play.

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Ep. 25 – Goal Conflict

Listening to an episode of the Freakonomics podcast the other day, I was introduced to the concept of Goal Conflict. I have some thoughts on it.

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CHOP ebook promo (if you can’t see it, here’s the link: https://youtu.be/IVKVpI6qvfg)

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Ep. 24 – Changing Productivity

I have been thinking about the systems (or lack of systems) of productivity that I have used in the past. I am also considering where I am now and the process I currently use to produce creative projects. I can probably do better…

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For info on Paul Stein and to see when he has his next workshop visit: https://www.paulstein.net/

Ep. 23 – Thinking About Control

About to get my second vaccination and recent events have me thinking about how fragile our own sense of control is as well as how having some sense of control over what we can, gives us a bit of happiness. Or at least it does for me.

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Ep. 22 – Inside Inside Llewyn Davis Part 2

I sit down with Special Guest Jeff Hernandez to talk about the 2013 Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis. In particular how the titular character represents how the Coens see the role of the artist in society.

We discuss the cat as well as the implicit contrast between success and selling out. This is part 2 of a two-part conversation.

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Ep. 21 – Inside Inside Llewyn Davis

I sit down with Special Guest Jeff Hernandez to talk about the 2013 Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis. In particular how the titular character represents how the Coens see the role of the artist in society.

We also touch on how I used to think this film was a horror movie.

This is part 1 of a two-part conversation.

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Ep. 20 – Creation Addiction in the Time of Quarantine

Theatre needs an audience and that audience needs to be in the same space as the performers for the act of theatre to exist. But with stay-at-home orders and venues shut down for the time being, a lot of theatre makers are finding it hard to stop making stuff. There is a desperate grasping to adapt projects for shoddy online experiements like zoom play readings, facebook live performances, releasing Instagram posts of old footage and production photos to remind subscribers and patrons we’re still here and so on.

Oh, fellow theatre-makers, avoid the low-hanging fruit of online projects and take the opportunity, during the Covid-19 situation, to shake the yoke of creation addiction and chill for a bit. Really reflect on what the future could be.

 

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Ep. 19 – Shakespeare and The Rock

William Shakespeare was one of a kind. He wrote hugely popular works during his lifetime, had an insane work ethic and a stupendous entreprneurial streak.

Nowadays, these attributes show up in an unlikely, but fitting counterpart… Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

 

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Ep. 18 – Creating The Beast of Hyperborea, Part 2

I created a new one-man show recently. I essentially wrote, designed and rehearsed it in about 5 weeks. In this episode I discuss the reception after opening night. I also talk about handling creative burnout.

This is a two-parter. If you haven’t listened to episode 17, I recommend doing that first.

 

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To read a review of this performance go HERE or HERE