the MadStage Podcast

Buzz Kemper chats with board president and technical director John Penisten about the contributions of the Bartell to local theater.

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Suzan and Buzz chat with Director David Lawver and Music Director Duane Draper about Oregon Straw Hat Players' production of "Sondheim On Sondheim."

Sondheim on Sondheim

By Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine

Directed by David Lawver; Duane Draper, Music Director

An intimate musical revue on the life and artistry of Stephen Sondheim. The show weaves together dozens of Sondheim's greatest and most beloved songs with exclusive interview footage of Sondheim himself. A beautiful portrait of the man and his music.

Produced by Oregon Straw Hat Players at venues in Oregon to be announced soon,

Performances: August 4-12, 2017

Ticket Prices: Adults $17; Seniors (65 and older) $15; Youth (HS and younger) $12

Call 608-835-9126 for reservations or more information.

Direct download: MSP_027_OSHP_Sondheim.mp3
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Buzz Kemper chats with W. Earle Smith about Madison Ballet's 2017-18 season.

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Suzan and Buzz talk with Upstart Crows Productions' Hannah Neis and Ruthanne Fiore about their upcoming production of The Burial at Thebes.


Burial at Thebes

By Seamus Heaney

Directed by Hannah Nies

In this outstanding new translation, commissioned by Ireland's renowned Abbey Theatre to commemorate its centenary, Seamus Heaney exposes the darkness and the humanity in Sophocles' masterpiece, and inks it with his own modern and masterly touch.

Sophocles' play, first staged in the fifth century B.C., stands as a timely exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must protect the state's security. During the War of the Seven Against Thebes, Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, learns that her brothers have killed each other, having been forced onto opposing sides of the battle. When Creon, king of Thebes, grants burial of one but not the "treacherous" other, Antigone defies his order, believing it her duty to bury all of her close kin. Enraged, Creon condemns her to death, and his soldiers wall her up in a tomb. While Creon eventually agrees to Antigone's release, it is too late: She takes her own life, initiating a tragic repetition of events in her family's history. (

Produced by Upstart Crows Productions, Inc. at Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ, 1501 Gilbert Road, Madison, WI 53711

Performances: July 27-29, 2017

Performance Times: 
July 27, 28, and 29

Ticket Prices: Donations taken at the door. Suggested donation $15 per person

Call 608-827-9482 for reservations or more information.

Direct download: MSP_026_UpstartCrows.mp3
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Buzz Kemper chats with Sarah Whelan about KRASS Theater's 2017-18 season, and a bit about her own contributions to local theater.

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Suzan and Buzz chat with Madison Shakespeare Company Executive Director Jason Compton about their upcoming readings.

Madison Shakespeare Company will conduct two special stage readings of “Shakespeer” plays–works written by contemporaries of William Shakespeare.

The first is Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe. July 20, 2017 at Arts + Literature Laboratory, 2021 Winnebago St, Madison. 7 PM start time.

Faustus is the non-Shakespeare work most commonly requested by MSC patrons and a classic tale of the ultimate ill-conceived bargain. Our performance will be based on the “A” text.

The second is Edward IV, by Thomas Heywood (?). August 17, 2017 at Arts + Literature Laboratory, 2021 Winnebago St, Madison. 7 PM start time.

This lesser-known work chronicles key events in the battlefield and bedchamber of one of England’s tallest kings, who traded reigns with Henry VI and was directly responsible for putting Richard III in line for the throne.

Both events are free open to the public, with contributions gratefully accepted. Each presentation will last approximately 90 minutes.

Direct download: MSP_025_MSC_Readings.mp3
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Buzz Kemper goes backstage at the Bartell Theatre 2017-2018 Season Announcement event to talk with local theater companies about their upcoming season of shows. This episode features Stage Q, with Donovan Moen and Zac Stowe.

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Suzan and Buzz talk with playwright/director Morganna Grim about Broom Street Theater's production of her play, "Her Dream, A Pen, and A Book".

Her Dream, a Pen, and a Book

By Morganna Grim

Directed by Morganna Grim, with original music composed and performed by Baltimore Krahn, and choreography by Loryn Jonelis

"Let's start where it's simplest to look: with a girl, her Dream, a pen, and a book."

Welcome to Cape Cache, a village cursed centuries ago to remain apathetic and complacent against the trials and joys of the world. Along with this infliction came the mysterious Dreams, guardians from another world to inspire children as they grow up. With their guidance, everything should be in order - but the scales are tipped when families reject the Dreams, and the solemn Corvid swoops in to steal them away. Catry of Cache and Todd the Dream set out to reunite a lost pair in a whimsical fantasy tale of goodwill, hope, and sacrifice.

Produced by Broom Street Theater at Broom Street Theater, 1119 Williamson Street, Madison

Performances: July 13-29, 2017

Performance Times: 
Starting July 13th, every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in July at 8pm. 

Ticket Prices: $11

Direct download: MSP_024_Her_Dream_A_Pen_and_A_Book.mp3
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