Interviews

Sam Chanse on the Science of Trauma in “What You Are Now”

In this interview, playwright Sam Chanse discusses the workshop process for her new play "What You Are Now," and shares some of the things she read, watched, and listened to while she was writing it.

The Cast of “Whisper House” on Theater in the Time of Corona

In this interview with Extended Play, the cast of "Whisper House," which closed before its first preview due to COVID-19, reminisces about the show and discusses their hopes for its future.

Tina Satter Unlocks the Drama of an FBI Transcript

Director Tina Satter on how she and Half Straddle brought a verbatim FBI transcript to life in "Is This A Room."

At Under the Radar, It’s “Mardi Gras for Experimental Theater”

Extended Play's Daniel Krane interviews Mark Russell, Director of the Under the Radar Festival, and "Andares" director Héctor Flores Komatsu.

“Hang On” Wants the Subway to Be for Everyone

In this interview with Extended Play, we talk to the creative team behind “Hang On,” an indie-folk exploration of the New York City subway. Come see “Hang On” this Monday, January 6 at 7PM at Joe’s Pub.

Trap Music Meets Investigative Theater in Stacey Rose’s TRAPT

In this interview with Extended Play, the creative team behind "TRAPT," a new devised investigative theater piece about trap music, discusses their creative process and ongoing reckoning with trap music in advance of a presentation at Joe's Pub on December 16.

“Martha, the Last Pigeon” Lives Again: Behind the Scenes of the Music Video of a Michael Friedman Classic

Extended Play's Daniel Krane interviews Alix Lambert and Brian Young about the making of the music video for a classic Michael Friedman song and what Michael Friedman's work means to them.

Revisiting “This Beautiful City” with the Original Cast

In this interview with Extended Play, members of the original cast of "This Beautiful City" talk about the show's origins, Michael Friedman's legacy and the bittersweet experience of recording the new album.

The Real Life of Paul Swan, with His Biographers Janis and Richard Londraville

Janis and Richard Londraville are a husband-and-wife team of literary scholars. Together, they have published numerous biographies, including the 2006 book, The Most Beautiful Man in the World: Paul Swan, from Wilde to Warhol, the first comprehensive biography of Paul...

“Chains Don’t Rattle Themselves” Finds Music in Incarcerated Youths’ Stories

Alex Hare, director and co-conceiver of "Chains Don't Rattle Themselves," explores stories by formerly incarcerated writers and affected family members.

“Please Bring Balloons” Makes Theater Accessible to Toddlers

"That is my mission as an artist—is to create this accessible, inclusive theater for all. " -- Sara Morgulis

Under the Radar Artists Detonate at The Public

James Carter interviews Under the Radar artistic director Mark Russell and featured artists, The Bengsons and Erin Markey.

We’ll Meet You Where You’re At: Axis Ballymun Serves Its Community in North Dublin

Axis Ballymun is a cultural organization serving the regenerated community of Ballymun in North Dublin. Axis Program Manager Niamh Ní Chonchubhair recently gave Extended Play a tour of their facilities.

Composers Michael Friedman and Adam Cork Discuss the Verbatim Film Musical “London Road”

In part-two of our "London Road" series, composer Michael Friedman interviews Tony-winner Adam Cork about his score for the verbatim film musical, which he wrote with Alecky Blythe and stars Tom Hardy.

Verbatim Playwright Alecky Blythe Takes “London Road” from the Streets to the Stage to the Screen

The verbatim film musical "London Road" premieres this month in the United States. Extended Play's Tommy O'Malley spoke to Alecky Blythe, who wrote both the film and the stage play on which it is based.

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