Posts tagged The Public Theater
Episode 32: Des McAnuff: There Is No Recipe

On this week’s episode, Rob and Jamie talk to director extraordinaire, Des McAnuff.  Over nearly four decades, Des has directed such smash hits as Big River, The Who’s Tommy, Jersey Boys, and this season’s hit Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations. We talk to Des about directing, running a regional theater, and how you don’t say “no” when Otis Williams asks you to direct a show about his life.  Later, Rob gives a closer look into the legendary La Jolla Playhouse.

 This week’s music: “Brotherhood of Man, “ “A Secretary Is Not A Toy” from How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying The New Broadway Cast Recording (1995), “The Royal Nonesuch” from Big River, and “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” from Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations.

Episode 12: David Henry Hwang: A Theater That Looks Like America

On this episode, Jamie, Rob, and Jennifer chat with Tony Award-winning playwright, librettist, screenwriter, and activist David Henry Hwang. We discuss David’s very early start as a playwright, his complicated relationship with “The King And I” and how the 2016 election changed the course of his newest work, “Soft Power.” David also discusses his role as Chair of the American Theater Wing, his lifelong activism, including his views on color conscious casting, and his brief stint in a punk band.

This week’s music: We hear a brief clip from David’s punk band days with John Vomit and the Leather Scabs, “I Suck,” a small sample of the score from “Soft Power” and “One Hundred Million Miracles” from the 2001 Revival of “Flower Drum Song."

Episode 11: Arian Moayed: Think Like An Immigrant

On this episode, Jamie, Rob and Jennifer chat with actor, writer, director and “theater maker” Arian Moayed. We discuss his short form thriller, “The Accidental Wolf,” playing a wonderful yet terrible character on HBO’s “Succession,” the obstacles we all face day to day, making a nonprofit from scratch, and the incredible work his company, Waterwell, is doing every day. Jennifer, Jamie, and Rob have a big “Take Two” to discuss, and Rob walks us through the Vomitorium (which probably isn’t what you think it is).

This week’s music: Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke,” “Big Easy” from “The Accidental Wolf,” Liz Callaway’s rendition of Frank Losser’s “My Heart Is So Full Of You,” and “Kindness” from “Bright Lights Big City."