Nancy Carlin & Gary Alan Wright

Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 6.42.25 PMOn November 13, 2013, director Nancy Carlin & actor Gary Alan Wright came onto Artists on Art to talk about It’s a wonderful Life, Radio Show, a Shakespeare Santa Cruz and UCSC Theater Arts Department co production.

Celebrate the season at Shakespeare Santa Cruz with this heart-warming radio play rendition of the classic American film, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, written by Joe Landry.  The Show runs November 15 – December 8, 2013 at the UCSC Theater Arts Mainstage.

Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 6.42.34 PMBecome the studio audience as just nine actors perform dozens of beloved Bedford Falls characters, all in the style of a live 1940s radio broadcast. Complete with amusing jingles and classic sound effects produced right on stage, this production has become an annual favorite in cities across America. Join in the holiday spirit and experience this classic story about the power of community with a production for the entire family.

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Rody “Rodolfo” Ortega

This week’s show for July 25 will have music composer Rody (Rodolfo) Ortega. He is a composer and sound designer for two Shakespeare Santa Cruz show in the Glen this year – “The Three Musketeers” and “Henry IV, Part One”. This is the 3rd consecutive season he’s composed for us. He also wrote the music to our 2008 holiday show “The Wind in the Willows.”

Rody lives in Portland and his day job is as an airline pilot.

On July 22, the season opened with William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, directed by Danny Scheie, playing the indoor UCSC Mainstage Theater. The other plays in this year’s line-up are, the Three Musketeers (July 20 – August 28, 2011) and Henry IV, Part One by William Shakespeare (August 2 – 28, 2011).

Next week for the August 1st show, costume designer & UCSC Theater Arts professor, Brandin Barón will be the guest.

The Shakespeare Santa Cruz‘s 30th Anniversary Season opened Friday, July 22. For more information, please go to their ticket page.

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Here’s a quick video of Rody.

Davis Banta Guest for Artists on Art 11/16/10

Local multi-media artist and UCSC Alum, Davis Banta came on to the show to talk about many art projects as well as his upcoming production and fundraiser, “You Had To Be There Learns to Share: A Benefit Sketch Comedy Show,  happening Friday and Saturday, November 19th & 20th, 7 pm and 9 pm.

Each show will be slightly different, so you may want to attending several to catch all the flying bits and pieces of hilarity, then go home and knit them into a sweater.

You Had To Be There gives something back to the community, by donating 50% of the money raised by these shows to the Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre. Enjoy two evenings of original entertainment and support the local arts.  The Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre  is located at 1001 Center Street, downtown Santa Cruz. The proceeds of the fundraiser go to the Santa Cruz Actors Theater. Tickets can be bought at Brown Paper Tickets.

You Had To Be There, Improv and Sketch Comedy is comprised of Davis Banta, Daniel Ruiz, Bob Nasr, Jon Rector, Helen Del Toro, and David Guzman.

Here’s one of their videos:

Davis does many types of projects from directing and performing theatrical performances to creating videos. He created a couple of promotional videos for Shakespeare Santa Cruz.  Davis is also an audio artist. He also has been involved with the Drama Hour that began on KZSC and is continuing on-line with all new monthly Podcast.

This was a kind of reunion for Davis and me.  We went through the KZSC Radio Class together in the Fall 2008.

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Pam MacKinnon Guest for August 3, 2010


Pam at the 'The Four of Us' Opening Night Part

Guest artist, New York-based, 2010 Obie Award winning and recent Lortel nominanee, director, Pam MacKinnon was on the Artists on Art show for August 3, 2010. She has directed many plays, mostly contemporary. At the end of this year, Ms MacKinnon will be directing Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for the Steppenwolf Theater.  She is a Drama League and Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab alumna and an Affiliated Artist with the New York downtown company, Clubbed Thumb.

Pam came up to the KZSC studio to discuss directing the upcoming Shakespeare Santa Cruz theatrical production of Othello. Opening night was Tuesday, August 3 running through August 29, 2010.  This is third play to open for this Santa Cruz Shakespeare season. This is Pam’s first full Shakespeare production.

Pam brings a very different approach to Othello from the contemporary feel of the play, downplaying the jealousy and amplifying Desdemona while staying true to Shakespeare’s intent.  We discussed how Othello is similar to contemporary theater plays through the simple use of language as compared to the nuanced poetic language of his other works.  Also, there is a lot of two characters talking. When a third character enters the scene, someone leaves.

We discussed the themes of jealousy and love built on fantasy.  She explained that jealousy is an internal feeling and not the action of the play.  As a director, she helped show how that is expressed through the acting.  She spoke of her take on the play being about infection. Iago plants the seeds of doubt in Othello’s belief in Desdemona’s fidelity.  The action for Othello is the spread of the infection the results in the worst of actions, murder.  Iago was able to do this successfully because Othello and Desdemona’s marriage was brand-spanking new and based on romantic fantastical notions.  Othello says that he fell in love with Desdemona when she cried at hearing his tales of battle. They didn’t get the time to solidify their marriage.

Lastly, we discussed the “boys behaving badly” theme of Othello. I think it is wonderful that a woman directs this play and gives a different take. For example, Pam reinforces Desdemona’s agency and downplaying her victimization. This is certainly a unique and valuable perspective brought to a play that has too often been played with a softening Desdemona’s role.

Below are pictures from the play.  The last picture is Pam directing.

My favorite quote from the play, Emilia tells Desdemona:
‘Tis not a year or two shows us a man;
They are all but stomachs, and we all but food;
They eat us hungerly, and when they are full
They belch us.”

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