Objects as Actors:Props and the Poetics of Performance in Greek Tragedy Melissa Mueller
The Broadway musical The Producers has opened on Broadway, based on the Mel Brooks movie. It stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. Hear an archive interview with Mel Brooks. Chicago´s Steppenwolf Theatre´s production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo´s Nest is also on Broadway. Listen to interviews with actor Gary Sinise who stars in it, and director Terry Kinney. Steppenwolf is an actor-driven theatre company known for its ensemble acting, and cutting-edge acting style. (Broadcast Dates: July 30, 1999 and September 20, 2000) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/010420/rt_whyy_010420_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Reality is stranger than fiction when seven 1960s radicals refuse to behave in Judge Julius Hoffman´s courtroom. Based on actual trial transcripts and starring a cast of top Chicago actors, this play centers on events following the protests and riots during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Schwimmer, George Murdock, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/latw/000004/pf_latw_000004_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Here are 12 episodes of the horror and mystery series written and produced by radio announcers beginning in 1946. There were several series under the Hall of Fantasy banner, all produced by Richard Thorne. The first originated from radio station KALL in Salt Lake City. Richard Thorne and Carl Greyson were announcers for the station and coproduced the bare-bones horror series beginning in 1946. Written or adapted by Robert Olson and directed by Thorne, the stories were mostly murder mysteries with traditional endings. This first series ended in 1947 when Thorne and Greyson went their separate ways. The Hall of Fantasy was revived in 1949, when by pure coincidence, Thorne and Greyson found themselves working together at WGN in Chicago. This time, the series featured stories with shocking endings involving struggles against the supernatural in which man was usually the loser. In Chicago, actor Don Ameche´s brother, Jim Ameche, sometimes appeared in the episodes. In 1952, The Hall of Fantasy went nationwide over the Mutual network, with Thorne writing original horror stories and also adapting classics of literature, including Robert Louis Stevenson´s ´´Markheim´´ and Edgar Allan Poe´s ´´The Cask of Amontillado´´ and ´´The Tell-Tale Heart´´. Episodes included are: ´´The Perfect Script´´, ´´The Judge´s House´´, ´´Man-Size, in Marble´´, ´´Markheim´´, ´´The Mark of Shame´´, ´´The Cask of Amontillado´´, ´´The Black Figurine of Death´´, ´´The Night the Fog Came´´, ´´The Return from Death´´, ´´The Tell-Tale Heart´´, ´´Stone´s Revenge´´, and ´´The Castle of Lavoka´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009115/bk_blak_009115_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Michael Shurtleff has been casting director for Broadway shows like ´´Chicago´´ and ´´Becket´´ and for films like ´´The Graduate´´ and ´´Jesus Christ Superstar. ´´ His legendary course on auditioning has launched hundreds of successful careers. Now in this book he tells the all-important HOW for all aspiring actors, from the beginning student of acting to the proven talent trying out for that chance-in-a-million role!
Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman shares his humorous fulminations on life, manliness, meat, and much more in his first book. Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman - who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation´s Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking - he runs his own woodshop - Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman´s childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois - ´´I grew up literally in the middle of a cornfield´´ - to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally. It also offers hard-bitten battle strategies in the arenas of manliness, love, style, religion, woodworking, and outdoor recreation, among many other savory entrees. A mix of amusing anecdotes, opinionated lessons and rants, sprinkled with offbeat gaiety, Paddle Your Own Canoe will not only tickle readers pink but may also rouse them to put down their smart phones, study a few sycamore leaves, and maybe even handcraft (and paddle) their own canoes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick Offerman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/002218/bk_peng_002218_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Israel is decimated by a civil war and lies in runes as a billowing, black column of smoke rises from a forest clearing. A three-story building, built under the tightest security ever known, is burning out of control. A GMC Suburban, containing one pregnant genetic designer and four genetically engineered children, races recklessly away from the burning structure. Twenty years later a vengeful genetic designer and five genetically engineered super humans join together to find the truth behind Israel´s destruction. These super-humans, three women and two men, were genetically created to possess superior minds, enormous strength, and lightning speed. Arrayed against them is a FBI double agent, a vicious international assassin, and the Mossad, who will stop at nothing to destroy the world with a viral Ethnic Weapon. Will the deadly man-made virus infect the ´´Five´´ once they enter the new and bizarre jungle of Israel? Can they discover their genetic designer´s secret agenda in time to stop it?or will they even want to? In this first installment of the Nina Steel Adventure series, Ray Hansen takes you on a wild and exciting ride with these five genetically engineered super humans. Travel with the ´´Five´´ from their early childhood at the top-secret genetic engineering facility hidden away in the forest of Maine to their strange reunion as adults in Chicago and on to Israel to meet their destiny.About the Players - This audio book was performed in audio drama format by four very talented actors, all well known on the Chicago stage for over 20 years, Mark Ulrich, Matt Penn, Cathy Nash and Mary Peterson. There were many challenges during production, not least of which was coming up with unique voices for the five primary characters, eight secondary characters and the twenty-five minor characters. It was truly amazing watching these actors, from the control room, shifting from one voice to another without missing a beat. Needing little direction the... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Ulrich, Matt Penn, Mary Peterson, Cathy Nash. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/003954/bk_acx0_003954_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Because Audible was not granted digital audio rights to today´s issue of Fresh Air, we have selected a great interview with British comedian, stand-up performer, and actor Eddie Izzard from the Fresh Air archive. Izzard has won over fans with his quirky comedy and his cross-dressing. The Chicago Tribune says, ´´Izzard lives up to his billing. He´s very bright, very fast, and very hip.´´ As an actor, Izzard has appeared in the films Mystery Men, The Avengers, and Velvet Goldmine. (Original Broadcast Date: May 30, 2000) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/031128/rt_whyy_031128_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Chicago theater veteran Kevin Theis, co-author of the cult classic Confessions of a Transylvanian: a Story of Sex, Drugs and Rocky Horror presents: Invading Nirvana: a Chicagoan in the City of Angels the story of one actor´s quixotic odyssey into the heart of the entertainment industry: Hollywood, California. From the early preparations for his trip to La La Land to his search for representation, his encounters with the famous (and soon-to-be famous) as well as his deep-dive exploration of this unique and fascinating city, Invading Nirvana is a must-listen for anyone considering moving to L.A. to pursue a dream of breaking into show business. The author is both candid and unsparing in his description of the industry, the city of Los Angeles, and the challenges of being a performer in Hollywood looking for work. Casting agents, pay-to-meet workshops, the comedy club scene, film and TV auditions, as well as a peek inside the audiobook world; every aspect of the entertainment industry is thoroughly examined in this hilarious and comprehensive look at life as a professional actor in Hollywood. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Theis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/094462/bk_acx0_094462_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Journalists Cam Simpson and Flynn McRoberts and actor Peter Sarsgaard on this edition of Fresh Air. Simpson and McRoberts collaborated (along with journalist Liz Sly) on a three part special series in the Chicago Tribune. The series, ´´Tossed Out of America´´, is about the crackdown on Muslims who are illegal immigrants in the US. They were required to register with the government after the September 11th attacks. Now many of them are facing deportation or have already been deported. Actor Peter Sarsgaard portrays editor Chuck Lane in the new film Shattered Glass. Previously, Sarsgaard played opposite Hilary Swank and Chloe Sevigny in the film Boys Don´t Cry. (Broadcast Date: November 19, 2003) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/031119/rt_whyy_031119_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.