Theaterology: A.C.T.’s Podcast
Theaterology offers a behind-the-scenes window into American Conservatory Theater's productions. Featuring interviews with artists and experts, analyses of the themes explored in A.C.T.’s plays, background on the season’s shows, and insight into the process of taking a play from the page to the stage,Theaterology is an essential audio addition to your theater-going experience.
Special editions of Theaterology also bring live, onstage recordings of A.C.T.’s InterACT events, featuring pre- and postshow conversations with producers, directors, playwrights, actors, and others who are intimately connected to our productions and the artistic life of A.C.T.
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Renowned director Frank Galati sat down with A.C.T.'s Literary Manager, Allie Moss to discuss Eugène Ionesco's Rhinoceros. They dive into the relationship between humor and tragedy, translating a play, and the timeliness of the play that critics are calling "as good as comedy gets" Stage and Cinema and "darkly funny" Theater Eddys. (36 min).
A.C.T.'s Director of Dramaturgy and New Works, Joy Meads sat down with Director Jessica Stone to discuss the tightly syncopated production of Kate Hamill's Vanity Fair. (20 min).
A.C.T.'s Director of Dramaturgy and New Works, Joy Meads, sat down with The Great Leap director, Lisa Peterson to discuss the process of bringing this incredible production to life. (41 min).
A.C.T.'s Associate Artistic Director Andy Donald sat down with Danyon Davis, A.C.T.'s Head of Movement, and Her Portmanteau's Assistant Director May Liang. They discuss Mfoniso Udofia's Ufot Cycle, Her Portmanteau, which is play number 4 as part of this 9-play cycle, and the process of rehearsing a play. (43 min).
A.C.T. Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon sat down with playwright and director, Winter Miller (and Winter Miller's cat, Gato) to examine both Pam's history working with renowned playwright Edward Albee, and her latest production of his Pulitzer Prize-winning Seascape, now running. This was filmed on The Geary Stage on January 29, 2019 before a live audience. (49 min).
Before the performance of Men on Boats, A.C.T.'s Director of Dramaturgy and New Works, Joy Meads, spoke to a live audience with Movement Coach Danyon Davis. Davis takes us through his process as a movement coach, and what it means to tell a story through physical movement. The conversation was recorded live at The Strand Theater on October 30, 2018. (44 min).
Before the performance of Sweat on Saturday, October 6, 2018. A.C.T.'s Director of Dramaturgy and New Works, Joy Meads, spoke to a live audience with Director Loretta Greco about the production of Sweat at The Geary Theater. (44 min).
Before the performance of A Walk on the Moon on June 12, 2018, Associate Artistic Director Andy Donald, Book author Pamela Gray, Musician & Lyricist Paul Scott Goodman, and Director Sheryl Kaller sat down and discussed the process of bringing a new musical to life (46 min).
Before the performance of Heisenberg on March 20, 2018, A.C.T. Resident Dramaturg Michael Paller and Director Hal Brooks spoke to a live audience about dissecting and directing Simon Stephens' Broadway hit (40 min).
Before the performance of The Birthday Party on January 16, 2018, Artistic Director Carey Perloff and A.C.T. Resident Dramaturg Michael Paller spoke to a live audience about Perloff's relationship with playwright, Harold Pinter, and her decision to bring The Birthday Party to the stage for her last directorial work as Artistic Director (42 min).
Before the performance of Small Mouth Sounds on October 24, 2017, Artistic Director Carey Perloff and actor Orville Mendoza spoke to a live audience about bringing Bess Wohl’s silent retreat comedy to A.C.T. and Mendoza’s role in the production (45 min).
Before the performance of Hamlet on September 26, 2017, A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff and Resident Dramaturg Michael Paller spoke to a live audience about bringing Hamlet to the Geary stage for A.C.T.’s 2017/18 Season (42 min).
Before the performance of A Night with Janis Joplin on June 13, 2017, Janis Joplin's siblings, Laura and Michael, joined A.C.T. in front of a live audience to discuss the musical tribute to their sister's life (35 min).
Before the performance of Battlefield on May 2, 2017, A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff spoke with playwright Marie-Hélène Estienne before a live audience about creating theater with Peter Brook, and the process that has taken their latest production to stages across the globe (37 min).
At a special event on May 1, 2017, A.C.T. Resident Dramaturg Michael Paller spoke with legendary director Peter Brook before a live audience about the connection between Shakespeare and the Mahabharata, what inspired Brook's seminal work The Empty Space, and what it means to create contemporary theater (58 min).
Before the performance of Needles and Opium on April 4, 2017, A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff spoke with cast members Wellesley Robertson III and Olivier Normand before a live audience about their journeys with the production and the intricacies of performing on a roating cube (28 min).
Before the performance of John on March 7, 2017, A.C.T.’s Resident Dramaturg Michael Paller spoke with Director Ken Rus Schmoll before a live audience about the road trip that inspired the set design, conversations between generations, and daydreaming at the theater (30 min).
Publications Manager Simon Hodgson explores the haunting history of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
On Jan 17, 2017 A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff sat down with author Khaled Hosseini and adapter Ursula Rani Sarma at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater to discuss transforming the bestselling novel for the stage (1 hour 14 min).
On Feb 7, 2017, A.C.T.'s resident dramaturg Michael Paller and playwright Ursula Rani Sarma sat down before the performance of A Thousand Splendid Suns to discuss the process of adapting the novel for stage and answer questions from the audiences at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater (38 min). Made possible by KDFC, the Bay Area's listener-supported classical radio station.
A.C.T. Publications Associate Shannon Stockwell interviews novelist Khaled Hosseini about his bestselling novel A Thousand Splendid Suns and its journey to the stage (24 min).
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