This week on Showgoers I sat down with my friend and theatre professional, Gen Parton-Shin to discuss his experience as a multi-racial actor, Japanese theatre audiences, and the process of translating the musical, "Hamilton" to Japanese.
Gen’s translation of "My Shot" from Hamilton: An American Musical in Japanese: https://youtu.be/Bwbi4KNp-fE
Hapa Magazine: https://www.hapamag.com
This week on Showgoers I went to see a preview performance of “Fire in Dreamland” at the Public Theater with my friend, Sara Kjelsvig. Join us as we discuss how a conversation with Sara launched Showgoers, how theatre’s develop new work in front of an audience, and the differences between seeing a movie and seeing a play.
This week on Showgoers I sat down with my friend and theatre professional, Rayshaun Sandlin to discuss how artists and audiences alike can discover themselves through the theatre.
This week on Showgoers I went to see “Cyprus Avenue” at the Public Theater with my friend, William Cheek. Join us as we discuss finding home in another country, how dark comedy makes us perfectly uncomfortable, and convincingly British physicality onstage.
This week on Showgoers I sat down with my friend and theatre professional, Olivia Ellis to discuss representation in art and the differences between theatre in London and New York City.
This week on Showgoers I saw “Othello” with my friend Jennifer Brody. Join us for our discussion about classical theatre in modern contexts, theatre as a written form, and the challenging beauty of Shakespearean language.
This week on Showgoers I sat down with my high school theatre teacher, Mr. Willie O. Jordan. Join us as we discuss the transformative power of theatre education.
After lots of hemming and hawing and not knowing where to begin, I'm incredibly excited to announce my new Podcast and creative project: Showgoers.
It all began after seeing the Broadway production of Lucas Hnath's A Doll's House Part 2. The writing was so contemporary and the subject matter so current that I couldn't stop recommending it to everyone, including my fellow Baristas at the coffee shop I work at. My coworkers are some of the most thoughtful, inspired, passionate,young peopleI know, and all I wanted to do was discuss this brilliant play with them. But despite living in New York City: a theatre Mecca, they seldom, if ever, attended live theatre.
I found myself thinking:
My friends are exactly the right audience for this theatre. So what keeps them from attending?
- Location of theatres (Midtown :-/)
- Lack of free time
- No previous experience attending theatre (or negative experiences)
All of these hindrances were magically removed? What if I bought the ticket for them? What if I arranged a time that worked with their schedule? What if I gave them directions to the theatre that didn't take them through Times Square? What if I saw the show with them?
So I decided: that's exactly what I'm doing.
Showgoers is a a podcast dedicated to introducing theatre makers to untapped audiences, and new audiences to the unique experience of live theatre. Theatre audiences aren't getting any younger, so it's time to start showing young people that theatre is, always has been, and always will be, a vital, gritty, modern, underdog art form, with the power to inspire and entertain us all.
Please join me on each episode as I see a show with a friend, and then learn all about who they are, what they want their theatre to be, and what they don't want their theatre to be.
In addition to taking my friends to shows, I'll periodically have conversations with theatre professionals about their experience inspiring young and underserved audiences.
I'm incredibly excited about this project and thank you so much for being a part of it.
It's time to listen.