Off and On: A New York Theatre podcast

Artistic Director Daniella Topol stops by the podcast to talk about being named the A.D. of Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, the comfort of having a home in New York, continuing on a legacy while creating your own, her early days as a director, and finding your voice in the room. Support the amazing work done at Rattlestick http://www.rattlestick.org/

Direct download: Daniella_Toppol_Final.mp3
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Timmy Wood, a comedian, writer, one-time Ralph Lauren Model, and New York City’s resident “Man of Mirth,” passed away on Sunday, May 15th in his home in Brooklyn, New York at the age of 32.

Timmy loved Halloween and telling spooky stories around the campfire, so we are absolutely positive that Timmy Wood is now a ghost.

Timmy Wood The Ghost’s chief unfinished business will be to watch over his wife Julie, who once swore that she and Timmy would never, ever date. They recently celebrated five years of marriage and the only blemish on their relationship was a rather lackluster performance on television’s “The Newlywed Game.” Timmy Wood The Ghost will also be with his mother Terryanne, his sister Rebekah, and his brother John.

Even in the afterlife, Timmy Wood The Ghost will lovingly tend to his pet candles Howie Cand-el and Lebron Flames. (“Candles are the new pets.”)

Timmy Wood The Ghost’s spooky spirit will always be felt at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, where he was a beloved performer. It is said that if you listen closely after late Thursday night shows, you can still hear him uttering his annual comedy catchphrases, including “Suck it down, Charlie Brown,” “Uhhhhhhhhhh…check please!” “HOLD THE SLAW,” and “DAH FOOK?!?” Even in death, Timmy Wood The Ghost still stands by his controversial, nearly career-ending 2015 catchphrase “I’ll have one more picky for my ticky.”

Now that he has shuffled off this mortal coil (Shakespeare, baby!), Timmy Wood The Ghost will have more time to tinker with his comprehensive ranking of Bond movie theme songs, create insane games with made-up rules that only he can understand, finally watch a regular season Houston Rockets game, research Illuminati conspiracy theories on the internet, defend Yeezus as his favorite Kanye West Album, and drink Shinerbock in one of his many New York City “secret spots.”

Timmy will be missed dearly and even though his time with us was far too short, his life gets a perfect five out five big, beautiful, man-beards.

A celebration of Timmy will be held at TK. In the spirit of his life of seemingly boundless love and positivity, all those present will get one high-five.

 
 
 
Direct download: timmy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:02pm EDT

Artistic Director/Actor David Marcus stops by the podcast to talk about how the grant model of theatre is failing, theatre as a for profit business, how he found his way to The Flea in New York, being a Republican in the theatre, writing for The Federalist, and the election. Follow him on Twitter @blueboxdave

Direct download: David_Marcus_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:18am EDT

Actor/Rapper/Poet Malcolm Barrett stops by the podcast to talk about growing up in New York, preparing as much as the material demands, performing at The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, why he continues to do theatre in L.A., being "The Black Guy", getting to have a voice on set, and why he's only a third of the way through his career. Follow his band at thesincitylp.com, and him on twitter @malcolmbarrett

Direct download: Malcolm_Barrett_Final.mp3
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Playwright Leah Nanako Winkler stops by the pod to talk about her new play Kentucky at EST, writing in rehearsals, growing up in a bicultural home, the Mikado controversy, and her hopes for this production. Follow her on twitter @leahnanako

Direct download: Leah_Nanako_Winkler_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:50pm EDT

Director/Playwright/Composer Julian Mesri stops by the podcast to talk about reframing the conversation about diversity, what is a "latino" play, growing up in a New York Theatre family, theatre culture in other cities and much more! Support his theatre company Sans Comedia and follow him on twitter @enemyofthestage

Direct download: Julian_Mesri_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:52pm EDT

Playwright/Actor Nandita Shenoy stops by the pod to talk about critics and comedy, growing up in an Indian family in Buffalo, what happens after your show closes, having to write yourself a role in order to play a love interest and more!

Direct download: Nandita_Shenoy_Final.mp3
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Writer/Performer Amanda Duarte stops by the podcast to talk about what happens when your facebook status goes viral, wishing you lived in "Old" New York, giving your dead darlings another life, finding a voice through social media and more. Support her show Dead Darlings on facebook!

Direct download: Amanda_Duarte_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:25am EDT

Actress Tina Huang stops by the podcast to talk about The Chris Rock Oscars Controversy, why "good" stereotypes can be hurtful, being an actor in New York, San Francisco and L.A., and being born at the wrong time. Follow her on twitter @tinahuang

Direct download: Tina_Huang_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:27pm EDT

Actor John Concado stops by the podcast to talk about being an Argentine in the Latino Theatre World, being a fat kid, coming to acting late in life, and why asking for help can be a good thing. Plus Jonathan Mandell stops by to talk about theatre in March. Follow him @newyorktheater

Direct download: John_Concado_Final.mp3
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