Interviews

An interview with John Olive about Tell Me a Story in the Dark

Janet Preus, interviewer You may be more likely to know John Olive primarily as a playwright or as a reviewer for www.howwastheshow.com, but he’s also written a book about storytelling. “Tell Me a Story in the Dark: A Guide to Creating Magical Bedtime Stories for Young Children” is not a book of stories for...
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Interview: Peter Christian Hansen and Ashley Montondo

Interview: Peter Christian Hansen and Ashley Montondo

We stopped in at the Garage Theater to talk with Peter Christian Hansen, founder and artistic director of St. Paul’s Gremlin Theater, about his approach to his craft as well as his current project, a regional premier of Jane Martin’s H20. Joining us for the latter half of the conversation was Ashley Montondo, Hansen’s...
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Interview: Randy Reyes

Interview: Randy Reyes

Accomplished actor/singer/director Randy Reyes has taken over, from founder Rick Shiomi, the artistic directorship of Mu Performing Arts.  Randy is busy these days – the Mu handover occurred quite recently, plus he’s in the middle of directing Mu’s latest, Kung Fu Zombies Vs. Cannibals.  He was kind enough to spend a half hour talking...
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Interview: Aditi Brennan Kapil

Interview: Aditi Brennan Kapil

Mixed Blood Theatre opens their season on Oct 5 with a trilogy – a trilogy! – of new plays by Aditi Brennan Kapil, Displaced Hindu Gods.  DHG consists of: Brahmin/i, Shiv and The Chronicles of Kalki.  Ms. Kapil is, as you might well imagine, busy, but HowWasTheShow.com was lucky enough to get an hour...
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Interview: Sun Mee Chomet

Interview: Sun Mee Chomet

Sun Mee Chomet is one of Minnesota’s most accomplished actors.  She has worked extensively, at the Guthrie (she played Antigone in the terrific Burial At Thebes, was featured in The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide), at Mu Performing Arts (WTF, Cowboy Vs. Samurai), at Penumbra (…for colored girls).  The prestigious Ten Thousand Things will feature Chomet...
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Spotlight On: Sheena Janson

Spotlight On: Sheena Janson

Sheena Janson plays the Baker’s Wife in the wonderful Mu Performing Arts production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into The Woods (Mu, performing at Park Square Theatre, through Aug 5).  Ms. Janson is quite the best actor in the show, no mean feat given the super-high standard of performance set by the rest...
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Interview: Cory Hinkle and Victoria Stewart

Interview: Cory Hinkle and Victoria Stewart

  Howwastheshow (HWTS) reviewer, Janet Preus, sat down with Cory Hinkle and Victoria (Tory) Stewart, the writers of a new play, “Clandestino,” premiering in the Twin Cities June 15, to learn about its context in recent history and the collaborative process used to create the piece. Cory: Jeremy Wilhem, the director, brought the idea...
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Interview: Jeannine Coulombe

Interview: Jeannine Coulombe

It doesn’t rain but it pours: playwright Jeannine Coulombe has two major productions opening within a week.  The first, The Mill, produced by Workhaus Collective, performing (as always) at the Playwrights Center, opens this Friday, April 20 and closes May 5.  Jeannine’s second play, Where The Mountain Meets The Moon, an adaptation for young...
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Interview: Jeremiah Gamble

Interview: Jeremiah Gamble

We had the pleasure recently of speaking To Jeremiah Gamble.  Jeremiah has written, stars in, and (with spouse Vanessa Gamble) has composed the music for Kingdom Undone, a remarkably intelligent and challenging telling of the Passion of Christ story.  The play runs two more weekends at the excellent Southern Theatre, closing Easter Sunday.  Jeremiah...
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Interview With Jon Klein

Interview With Jon Klein

Jon Klein’s funny and sharp T Bone N Weasel premieres this weekend at the excellent Theatre Pro Rata.  The play runs at the Gremlin Theatre, 2400 University Avenue in St. Paul, through March 18.  Jon was kind enough to respond to a few questions.   John Olive: You spent a significant amount of time...
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