The Arts Channel

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Big Fish

Edward Bloom is a natural storyteller, a traveling salesman, a husband, a father, and an enigma to his son. Actor Chris Ensweiler plays Edward Bloom in the musical, Big Fish, onstage at Seattle’s Taproot Theatre through August 13th. He shares his thoughts on this multi-layered character in this conversation with Marta Zekan.


K Massey and J Rapson from A Gentleman’s Guide at the 5th Ave

Marta talks with actors Kevin Massey and John Rapson about life on the road, 16-second costume changes and more. They are the lead actors in the national tour of A Gentlemans Guide to Love and Murder, onstage at the 5th Avenue Theatre through July 31.


John Langs on ‘Daisy’ at ACT Theatre

ACT Theatre’s Artistic Director John Langs talks about ‘Daisy,’ receiving its world premiere at ACT July 8 – 31. The play is based on the true story of an infamous political commercial in 1964, which helped Johnson get re-elected and changed the relationship of politics and the media forever.


Richard Tanne on Southside with You

Richard Tanne wrote and directed Southside with You, a film about the “epic” first date of Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson. It screened at the Seattle International Film Festival in June, with a theatrical release coming in August of 2016. Richard talks inspiration, logistics, and more with Steve Reeder.

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Andre Feriante & Jovino Santos Neto

Guitarist Andre Feriante talks with Marta Zekan about his July 8 concert at the Triple Door, where he’ll share the bill with Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto. Described as “…a taste of Brazil and the Mediterranean on a summer night in Seattle,” Andre’s portion of the evening will also include selections from his 14th CD, just released, Terra de Eros.


Film Accompanist Donald Sosin

A conversation with Donald Sosin, pianist, organist, composer, master silent film accompanist; in town in June for a concert at West Seattle’s Kenyon Hall, and also as part of SIFF 2016, providing live accompaniment for the 1934 Chinese silent, The Big Road.


Ballerina Ariana Lallone and Teatro Zinzanni

Longtime PNB Principal Dancer Ariana Lallone crossed the street a couple of years ago, to Teatro Zinzanni, where she not only continues to dance, she also acts and sings, flies, choreographs, and has been known to serve a salad or two. Marta Zekan talks with Ariana about making that transition in her career.

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Composer Gil Talmi and The Memory of Fish

Gil has scored the documentary The Memory of Fish, screening at SIFF (world premiere). It’s NW centric, the story of an activist who headed the effort to bring down the Elwha Dam. (interestingly, he’s also the son of Yoav Talmi, conductor)

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The Brothers K at Book-It

The Brothers K is a story of family, faith, love, and baseball. It touches every emotion. Book-It Repertory Theatre brings this BIG novel to the stage in two parts. Marta Zekan talks with Book-It’s Founding Co-Artistic Director Myra Platt, who adapted David James Duncan’s epic novel and directs the show.