The Arts Channel

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Fall 2017 at Taproot Theatre

Scott Nolte and Karen Lund join Marta Zekan to talk about the final 4 plays in Taproot Theatre’s 40th anniversary season. ‘Joyful Noise,’ about the writing of Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ opens September 23rd, followed by ‘The God Game,’ a timely drama exploring the concept of political – and personal – authenticity. Two holiday shows end the year. Have a listen!

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Seattle Shakespeare Company’s New Season

Artistic Director George Mount describes Seattle Shakespeare Company’s new season as built around the notion of ‘a house divided.’ Greed, lust, jealousy; passion-fueled actions in each play cause tragic consequences – families are torn apart, kingdoms are brought down. It all begins with ‘The Winter’s Tale’ opening Sept.18. Marta Zekan talks with George about the season.

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Byron Schenkman & Friends Season Preview

The 4th season of the Byron Schenkman & Friends chamber music series has the music of Bach at its heart, opening September 18th with “Bach & the Mendelssohns.” Marta Zekan talks with series founder Byron Schenkman about the new season, focusing on the Fall concerts, which also include “Music for the Sun King” and “Bach and Corelli.”

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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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‘One Man, Two Guv’nors’ at Sound Theatre Co

In the mood for some comedy this summer? ‘One Man, Two Guv’nors’ adapts Goldoni’s 1743 classic, ‘The Servant of Two Masters,’ setting it in 1960s Brighton. Sound Theatre Company presents the Seattle premiere of this hilarious Broadway/West End hit, directed by Ken Michels. Marta Zekan talks with Ken and STC’s Theresa Thuman about this very funny show.

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Seattle Opera’s New Season

The new season at Seattle Opera offers wrenching tragedy, high (and low) comedy, and everything in between, as well as a fresh approach in casting. General Director Aidan Lang joins Marta Zekan to talk about the 2016-17 season, which has just opened with of Rossini’s comedy, ‘Count Ory.’ Hansel & Gretel, Katya Kabanova, La Traviata, and The Magic Flute round out the season.

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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.

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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.

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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.