This radio show on KZSC was a little different than usual by featuring two guests, Poppy Champlin who’s bringing the Queer Queens of Qomedy to Santa Cruz, and Topher Maraffi talking about the experimental theater production, “Stop the Press”.
The show began with Poppy Champlin speaking about her show “Queer Queens of Qomedy” at the Rio Theater happening March 6, 2010. She is bringing this “make you laugh so hard you’ll crack a rib or at least be crying” show for everyone not just gays and lesbians.
We talked about her co-Queens (feisty Latin Diva of Comedy”, Sandra Valls, and multi-talented “secret love child of Steve Martin and Better Midler”, Roxanna Ward). We spoke of Poppy’s beginnings as a comedian in Rhode Island and moving to the big times by becoming a member of the famed Second City Comedy Troupe. We also talked about her upcoming Showtime Comedy Special “the LOL Comedy Festival”.
Next, Topher Maraffi and I spoke about the experimental performance, “Stop the Press!”. This is a collaborative production of the DANM Performative Technologies Group (Topher, Jessica Hayden, Chris Molla, Kathleen Kralowec) and select faculty from the UCSC Theater Arts Department. Jim Bierman helped with writing, The performance was directed by Kimberly Jannarone. David Cuthbert worked with the group as well.
The performances take us into two worlds. the golden age of newspapers and the triumph of the digital age. Where else are you going to see Topher in a spandex mocap suit dancing with his realtime 3D digital double, or go through Leland’s electrifying video tunnel to the future, or enjoy Kathleen’s amazing dancing animations, or interact with Jessica’s cool fortune telling devices, or immerse yourself in Chris’ timeless soundscapes? Just a few more hints on what you will see: animatronic Ray Kurzweil, embodied Bill Joy, The Carousel of Progress, and a gigantic realtime 3D eyeball controlled by a joystick. The actors directed by Kimberly Jannerone are excellent, the set is mesmerizing, the costumes are sexy android steampunk, there is tons of digital media, and the story is thought provoking.
Not to be missed or you’ll be really sad upcoming shows are: Mar 4, 5, & 6, Thurs-Sat at 7pm & 9pm, and March 7th, Sunday matinee at 3pm. UCSC students with ID get one free ticket! General Admission $14. Other students and seniors $11.
Listen to the different guests on the show in entirety by clicking on one of the triangles below. The top triangle is Poppy Champlin’s interview the second triangle Topher Maraffi.[audio: http://www.miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/aoa3210PC.mp3] [audio: http://www.miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/aoa3210TMaraffi.mp3]
Here’s a little video of Topher that I took right before the show: