the MadStage Podcast

Buzz Kemper chats with Matt Korda about Strollers Theater's 2017-18 season.

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Suzan and Buzz chat with American Players Theatre Artistic Director Brenda DeVita about APT’s 2017 season and new stage. In part two we talk about "Three Sisters," "Pericles, Prince of Tyre," "A View from the Bridge," "Creditors," and the artistic and practical wonders of the brand new APT stage.

Direct download: MSP_022_APT02.mp3
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Buzz Kemper chats with Jason Compton about Madison Shakespeare Company's 2017-18 season.

Direct download: Bartell_616_Shakes.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz chat with American Players Theatre Artistic Director Brenda DeVita about APT's 2017 season in two parts. Here is part 1, where we talk about "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "The Maids," "A Flea in Her Ear," "The Unexpected Man," and "Cyrano de Bergerac."

Direct download: MSP_021_APT01.mp3
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Buzz Kemper talks backstage with Betty Diamond of Madison Theater Guild about their upcoming season at the Bartell Theatre Season Announcement event for 2017-2018.

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Actors Alexandria Chapes and Christian Stevenson talk with Suzan and Buzz about University Theatre's upcoming production of "Almost, Maine."

Almost, Maine

By John Cariani

Directed by David Furumoto

On a cold, clear night in the remote northernmost part of Maine, the residents of a small town discover the sparks of love. Perhaps. Maybe. Almost. Under the magic spell of the northern lights, John Cariani’s play depicts a series of encounters that offer the funny, poignant, and mysterious ways people fall in and out of love. UW-Madison’s University Theatre offers a refreshing breath of cold, crisp Northern air for a romantic summer production.

“A whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance. Magical happenings bloom beneath the snowdrifts. ALMOST, MAINE explores the thunderclap of love and the scorched earth that sometimes follows.” – NY Times (2006)

The cast features UW students Erik Bergeson, Alexandria Chapes, Jessie Reynolds, and Christian Stevenson as the various residents of Almost, Maine.

Produced by University Theatre (UW-Madison) at U.W. Vilas Hall, 821 University Avenue, Madison

Performances: June 8-25, 2017

Performance Times:
Thursday-Saturday 7:30 PM, Sunday 2:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $10-$20

Call 608-265-2787 for reservations or more information.

Direct download: MSP_020_AlmostMaine.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz chat with director Kathleen Tissot and actor Matthew Korda about Strollers Theatre's production of Amadeus at the Bartell.


By Peter Shaffer

Directed by Kathleen Tissot

In the court of the Austrian Emperor Josef, Antonio Salieri is the established composer. Enter the greatest musical genius of all time: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Salieri has given himself to God so that he might realize his sole ambition to be a great composer. Mozart is a foul-mouthed, graceless oaf who has that which is beyond Salieri’s envious grasp: Genius.

Produced by Strollers Theatre at Bartell Theater's Drury Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison

Performances: June 2-17, 2017

Direct download: MSP_019_Amadeus.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz talk with actor Annalyse Lapajenko and director Emily Morrison Weeks about Madison Shakespeare Company's upcoming production of "As You Like It."

As You Like It

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Emily Morrison Weeks

We that are true lovers run into strange capers.

In As You Like It, Shakespeare introduced the world to Rosalind, one of the all-time romantic and comedic heroines. It’s a tale of betrayal and destiny, of love and pursuit, of sheep and trees, and of learning to be the best you can possibly be.

Produced by Madison Shakespeare Company at Edgewood College Amphitheater, 1000 Edgewood College Dr, Madison, WI 53711

Performances: June 2-11, 2017

Ticket Prices: $15 suggested contribution

Direct download: MSP_018_AsYouLikeIt_MSC.mp3
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Suzan Kurry and Buzz Kemper talk with Justin Schober and Cam Shimniok about the upcoming production of Of Dice and Men.


By Cameron McNary

Directed by Suzan Kurry

OF DICE AND MEN shows the world that most gamers aren’t isolated, virgin-for-life losers: theirs is a social hobby not unlike poker or fantasy football. The play explores the rich friendships and romantic lives of a group of lifelong friends who are NOT stereotypical, Cheetos-stained, acne-blighted geeks. AT ALL. These men and women are attractive, smart, charming…and facing some major changes in their lives. Humor, brutal honesty and the good-natured kidding of people who know each other far too well culminate in an unforgettable evening that will make you laugh and think – and do so in a way that celebrates the power of gaming to bring people together, never once apologizing for it.

Produced by Mercury Players Theatre at Bartell Theatre's Evjue Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison

Performances: May 19 - June 3, 2017

Performance Times:
Friday-Saturday, May 19-20 @ 8:00pm
Thursday May 25 @ 7:30pm
Friday-Saturday, May 26-27 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, May 28 @ 4:00pm
Thursday, June 1 @ 7:30pm
Friday, June 2 @ 8:00pm
Saturday, June 3 @ 4:00pm (FINAL PERFORMANCE)

Ticket Prices: General Admission $20, Students & Seniors $18, Special $15 tickets on 5/25, 5/28, 6/1 and 6/3

Call 608-661-9696 for reservations or more information.

Direct download: MSP_017_DiceMen.mp3
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A Year with Frog & Toad

By Robert & Willie Reale

Directed by Erica Berman

Nominated for 3 Tony Awards, this whimsical show follows two friends -- the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad -- as they celebrate their differences and discover just how much caring and fun you can squeeze into every season of the year. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm.

Produced by Children's Theater of Madison at Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State Street, Madison

Performances: May 12-21, 2017

Performance Times:
Saturdays & Sundays 1pm & 4pm; Numerous weekday student matinees (9:30am & noon)

Ticket Prices: $10-$35.

Call 608-255-2080 for reservations or more information.

Direct download: MSP_016_CTM_Berman.mp3
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