LA FPI Podcast: “What She Said”

What conversations do you want to have? Send your suggestions for compelling female playwrights or theater artists working on LA stages to Alyson Mead at lafpi.podcast@gmail.com, then listen to “What She Said.”

 

Jessica Goldberg

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Alyson Mead speaks with Jessica Goldberg about small towns, returning to the family, and her new play Better, currently produced by The Echo Theater Company at the Atwater Village Theater










Meghan Gambling

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Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Meghan Gambling about estrogen-heavy rooms, the illusion of control and how comedy is served when it’s lost in her play Bonnie’s Future Sisters, playing at the Actors Company as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.





Louisa Hill

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June, 2014

Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Louisa Hill about third wave feminism, punk rock music and the power of ‘zines in her new play Riot Grrrl Saves the World, currently playing at Theatre Asylum, produced by  Will Play for Food Theatre Group as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival





Sabina Ptasznik

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Alyson Mead speaks with director Sabina Ptasznik about Maria Irene Fornes’ The Conduct of Life, currently staged by The Vagrancy at Theatre Asylum as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.







Ellen Geer & Melora Marshall


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Alyson Mead speaks with Ellen Geer and Melora Marshall, currently co-directing a gender-reversed version of Shakespeare’s Lear at Theatricum Botanicum, about how the fall of kingdoms begins at home, and how the heightened language of the classics can help change the world. 


 

Kimber Lee

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Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Kimber Lee about family, place and distance in her new play different words for the same thing, playing at the Kirk Douglas Theatre



Sheila Callaghan

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Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Sheila Callaghan about the world of fashion, feminist identity and the need to be appreciated for physicality in her play Everything You Touch, currently playing at The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena.






Allison Volk

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 Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Allison Volk about absurdism, chimpanzees and her new play Rite of Seymour, a Drive Theatre Company production currently playing at Son of Semele.







Madhuri Shekar

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Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Madhuri Shekar about clashing partnering styles in a modern Hindu family, the messy nature of love, and her play A Nice Indian Boy, currently playing at East West Players.






Vickie Ramirez – Click Here

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Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Vickie Ramirez about loyalty, miscommunication, environmental stewardship and her new play Stand-Off at Hwy #37, playing at Native Voices at the Autry through March 16th.





Meagan Daine

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Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Meagan Daine about mental illness, the danger of misdiagnosis, and tragedy in her new work And Know That I Am God, currently in development at The Road Theatre Company in North Hollywood.

 

 

 

Robyn Lynne Norris

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 Alyson Mead speaks with writer, improviser and comedienne Robyn Lynne Norris about crazy cat ladies, the wide open world online dating, and her show Undateable, running now at Second City in Hollywood.

 

 

 

 

 

Deena Selenow & Julie Taiwo Oni

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November, 2013

Alyson Mead speaks with Deena Selenow and Julie Taiwo Oni about experimental theatre, unlikely romances and the concept of being “mixed” in their new work Nat & Em, currently playing at the Alexandria in downtown LA as a Company of Angels production.

Leslie Hardy

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November, 2013

Alyson Mead speaks with actress and playwright Leslie Hardy about life, loss and her new play A Good Grief, now playing at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.








Cynthia Hopkins

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October, 2013

Alyson Mead speaks with multidisciplinary artist Cynthia Hopkins about climate change, the fragility of human life, and her new show This Clement World, appearing now at REDCAT.

 

 

Elena Hartwell

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Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Elena Hartwell on A Strange Disappearance of Bees, Colony Collapse Disorder, and how the themes of isolation, loss and hope intertwine in this new work.

(Note: Jean Gilpin has replaced Marsha Waterbury in the run of this play at the Raven Playhouse.)

 

 

The Miss Julie Dream Project

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September, 2013

Alyson Mead speaks with director Katie Chidester and Kyle T. Wilson of Fell Swoop Playwrights about their remounting of Fringe hit The Miss Julie Dream Project, adapting Strindberg, and the need to stay grounded amidst creative chaos.

The Miss Julie Dream Project plays through September 15 at Son of Semele Ensemble.





Jeanette Rizzi

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July, 2013

Alyson Mead speaks with Jeannette Rizzi about her show Blindsided, and how great loss shaped her as a person and solo artist.

Premiering at the Hollywood Fringe, Blindsided plays for an extended run at the Hudson Theatres.






MisShapen

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July, 2013

Alyson Mead speaks with the creators of MisShapen about body image, gender identity and the need for art to face these important issues at the Fringe and beyond.







Deborah Gross

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June, 2013

Alyson Mead speaks with Deborah Gross about her play The Third Date, exes, Fringe, and why personal stories are always the funniest.








Lisa Ebersole

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June, 2013

Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Lisa Ebersole about her new work Baby, playing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and why huge age differences and the struggle between life and death are the richest places to work for a writer.

 

 

 

 

Liz Femi

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June, 2013

Alyson Mead speaks with playwright and performer Liz Femi about her solo
show Take Me to the Poorhouse, and making childhood dreams reality.







Lily Mercer

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June, 2013

Alyson Mead speaks with playwright, actor and producer Lily Mercer about her Southern Gothic play Before A Fall, currently playing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and how the themes of trust, faith and pride shape her characters.



Anastasia Coon

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June, 2013

Alyson Mead speaks with Anastasia Coon, whose show Gracie and Rose explores gender identity, visibility and the American West at the Hollywood Fringe
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Heidi Powers

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June, 2013

Alyson Mead speaks with playwright and lyricist Heidi Powers, about finding good domestic help, modern vs. classic television, and what role Richard Simmons played in finding the perfect musical accompaniment to Heidi’s vision for The Real Housekeepers of Studio City
 


Rati Gupta

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June, 2013

Alyson Mead talks with playwright, performer & dancer Rati Gupta about her childhood in Indiana, identity, and trying to find the perfect teen movie role model in Not Another Teen Solo Show, currently playing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.



Megan Ruble and Sinan Zafar

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June, 2013

Alyson Mead speaks with Megan Ruble and Sinan Zafar about their modern interpretation of the character of Ophelia, and how one of Shakespeare’s most influential plays still continues to shape women’s lives.

O Fallen One is part of the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival.



Andrea Kuchlewska – Click Here

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March, 2013

Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Andrea Kuchlewska about linguistics, the EST movement, and the incredible power of the word in her new play Complete, currently playing at the Matrix Theater in Hollywood.





Joanna Murray-Smith – Click Here

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February, 2013

Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Joanna Murray-Smith about art, life, morality, chance meetings, suffering, and the pleasure of writing transformation in her new play The Gift.









Kathryn Graf – Click Here

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January, 2013

Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Kathryn Graf about the surprises of dating again in middle age, and her new play The Snake Can.











Lynn Nottage – Click Here

October, 2012

Alyson Mead speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage about her new play By the Way, Meet Vera Stark at the Geffen Playhouse, and about  racism and masquerading in 1930s Hollywood.

 (NOTE: Lynn’s Intimate Apparel runs at the Pasadena Playhouse through December 2.)



Keliher Walsh – Click Here

September, 2012

Alyson Mead talks with playwright Keliher Walsh about the legacy of war and its inevitable counterpart, love. Her play Year of the Rabbit receives its world premiere at Ensemble Studio Theatre LA.





 

Sean Serino – Click Here


June, 2012

Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Sean Serino about her play Rue Royale, currently playing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and the rich theatrical life of New Orleans.

 

 

 

 

Nancy Eng – Click Here

June, 2012

Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Nancy Eng about her new play The Women of Tu-Na House at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, tenets of Asian identity, and her characters’ refusal to become victims.

 

 

Theresa Chavez & Rose Portillo – Click Here

May, 2012

Alyson Mead talks with playwrights Theresa Chavez and Rose Portillo about their new theatrical experience Evangeline, featuring songs from Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo and Louie Perez, now playing at Bootleg Theater.

 

Danai Gurira – Click Here

April, 2012

Alyson Mead speaks with Danai Gurira about her new play The Convert, the struggles of colonization, and continuing to define Africa’s identity in a way you won’t see on CNN.  








Jill Charlotte Thomas – Click Here

March, 2012

Alyson Mead talks with playwright and poet Jill Charlotte Thomas about Charles Manson and his dark connection and possible shared history with coffee heiress Abigail Folger.

(Thomas’ play California Dreamin’ runs through March 11 at LA’s Met Theatre)






Valerie Dillman – Click Here

February, 2012
Alyson Mead talks with playwright Valerie Dillman about her play Sarah’s War, and the importance of social engagement as a means to healing.





Allison & Margaret Engel – Click Here

 January, 2012

Alyson Mead speaks with former reporters and playwrights Allison & Margaret Engel about Molly Ivins, the spectre of war and politics, and their play Red Hot Patriot now playing at the Geffen Playhouse.

 

 

 

Lauren Yee – Click Here

November, 2011

Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Lauren Yee about her her work CHING CHONG CHINAMAN, and the search for cultural identity.

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Angelo – Click Here

September, 2011

Alyson Mead talks with director Susan Angelo about Theatricum Botanicum‘s new production of My Name is Rachel Corrie, and the importance of struggle for meaning in theater.

 


Cynthia Ling Lee – Click Here (Part 1 & Part 2)

June, 2011

Alyson Mead speaks with Cynthia Ling Lee about her multimedia piece Sunoh! Tell Me Sister featured in the  National Asian American Theater Festival, as well as the importance of telling female stories, and recovering female voices.



May Lee-Yang – Click Here

June, 2011

Alyson Mead talks with playwright, prose writer, poet and performance artist May Lee-Yang about her show Ten Reasons Why I’d Be a Bad Porn Star, currently playing at the  National Asian American Theater Festival, as well as her work in the Hmong community.




Hollywood Fringe – Click Here

June, 2011

Alyson Mead talks with Meghan McCauley and Stacy Jones from the Hollywood Fringe Festival about getting new and emerging work onstage, and the importance of community among artists.




Sarah Doyle – Click Here

June, 2011

Alyson Mead talks with polymath Sarah Doyle, whose play Feeling Feeling explores pain, relationships, and how excising one’s emotions may be the only sane way to cope with life’s various curveballs.




Rita O’Farrell – Click Here


June, 2011

Alyson Mead talks with Rita O’Farrell about her play Pedestrian at the Hollywood Fringe, the lure of violent video games, and how sometimes, everyone gets peed on.






Wendy Graf – Click Here

May, 2011

Alyson Mead talks with playwright Wendy Graf about her favorite themes of family, identity, as well as her newest work, No Word in Guyanese for Me.








Jane Anderson – Click Here (Part 1 & Part 2)

 

April, 2011

Alyson Mead talks with Jane Anderson about her provocative new play The Escort, the world of commissions, and how theater and television are natural partners.



photo by Barbara Green

Sofia Alvarez – Click Here

April, 2011

Alyson Mead talks to playwright Sofia Alvarez about her new play Between Us Chickens, her upcoming graduation from Julliard, and why her play could only have been set in Los Angeles.


NEWS! Between Us Chickens has moved to the Atwater Village Theater, and runs from May 20th through June 19th, in case you missed it at South Coast Rep!



Israela Margalit – Click Here

March, 2011

Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Israela Margalit about her play Trio, opening at the Lounge 2 Theatre in Hollywood.







Gina GionfriddoClick Here

February, 2011

Alyson Mead talks to award-winning playwright Gina Gionfriddo about her process, lessons learned, trials inTV land and her hit play Becky Shaw.






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