Ashton's Audio Interview: Sam Henry Kass (Executive Consultant for the television series Seinfeld) and the cast of ‘A FLOCK OF MACAWS' at Theatre 68

A young woman, abandoned at birth, finds the woman she believes to be her birth mother-- What should be a reunion/reconciliation of sorts, turns into a combination of mutual interrogation, the absurdity of potential paternal candidates, with back stories straight out of an urban modern day, "Alice in Wonderland. Abandonment is the theme, but the ranting's and ravings regarding everything from pop culture to politics,
takes this moment and delivers a roller coaster ride, filled with everything from rage to contrition. Along the way, we meet an array of bizarre paternal candidates, as well as a young Actress, who stumbles into this world, eager to fill any void or role necessary. “Mothers & Daughters— It doesn't get any easier, when they actually meet.”*
Enjoy this interview about “A FLOCK OF MACAWS” by Sam Henry Kass (Executive Consultant for the television series Seinfeld) at Theatre 68, running until Oct 20th. You can listen to this interview while commuting, while waiting in line at the grocery store or at an audition, backstage and even front of the stage. For tickets and more info Click here.
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*taken from the website


Ashton's Audio Interview: The cast of “The Producers” at The GEM Theatre

Based on the 1968 film, Mel Brooks' Tony Award winning musical The Producers is a laugh-out-loud, outrageous, crowd-pleasing farce that has been a smash hit since its 2001 debut. Fading Broadway producer Max Bialystock is desperate to get to the top of his profession again when he finds an unlikely ally in mousy accountant Leo Bloom, who hypothesizes that one could make far more money with a flop of a show than with a hit. Together, the two set out to produce the worst musical ever to hit Broadway, with the worst script, the worst director, and the worst cast they can find; the catch is that they will raise two million dollars to finance the show, and they plan to take the money and head to Rio when the show inevitably closes after just one performance. Too bad for Bialystock & Bloom that, against all odds, the show is a total hit! With dozens of over the top characters, show stopping musical numbers, and Brooks' signature humor keeping audiences in stitches, The Producers is definitely far from a flop.*
Enjoy this interview with the cast of “The Producers” at The GEM Theatre, running until Oct 21st. You can listen to this interview while commuting, while waiting in line at the grocery store or at an audition, backstage and even front of the stage. For tickets and more info Click here.
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Ashton's Audio Interview: The cast of “26 Pebbles” at Theatre 40

26 Pebbles is set in Newtown, Connecticut in June 2013, six months after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in which 20 children and six school staff were murdered. The play is not blood, gun rights, psycho killers nor gun violence. It is about how the people of a community come together, bond, cope and heal from devastating tragedy and move forward with their lives towards a more hopeful future. As Newtown's local rabbi says, “Newtown doesn't want to be remembered as the town of tragedy. We want to be remembered as a bridge to a new and kinder world. It's not about the suburbs or the urban areas. It's about the red blood that flows out of all of our veins. It's about the clear tears that flow out of our eyes. We are all the same….”*
Enjoy this interview with the cast of “26 Pebbles” at Theatre 40, running until Oct 15th. You can listen to this interview while commuting, while waiting in line at the grocery store or at an audition, backstage and even front of the stage. For tickets and more info Click here. Continue reading Ashton's Audio Interview: The cast of “26 Pebbles” at Theatre 40


PODCAST: A talk with 'Top of Fringe' Award-Winning 'RESA's Scott Golden, Matt Almos, and Scott Leggett at The Broadwater

UPDATE: 9-29-18 to add Preview Dates
Earning Top of Fringe this year at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, the team that earned last year's Best Comedy Easy Targets at the festival, the Burglars of Hamm and Sacred Fools, for their productions "Easy Targets", are bringing back director Todd Merrill's interpretation and his ever-evolving reworked reworking of Lars Mattsun's masterpiece Resa Fantastiskt Mystisk to The Broadwater Theatre.
Having brought back the show for the first time in 15 years - or perhaps its 19? - to the Hollywood Fringe Festival this past June, the Burglars of Hamm and their acclaimed production of this previously unknown masterpiece by Swedish playwright/provocateur and Strindberg contemporary, Lars Mattsun (1849-1912) returns once again to The Broadwater in an in an encore of encores.
Once you've seen an interpretation of Mattsun's Resa Fantastiskt Mystisk - and because that is a mouthful, the showrunners agreed to just call it RESA - the experience is difficult to put into writing.
Although the hope was to get into the brilliant - if not enigmatic - mind of Merrill in a more personal interview, the often aloof and reclusive director was not available. But inspired and hungry with a desire for deeper insight on the piece, members of the show's curators, the Burglars of Hamm of the Sacred Fools, obliged with more information about the inspiring, albeit mind twisting dichotomy that is RESA, for a group interview.
Speaking with show Producer Scott Golden, Burglars of Hamm Founding Partner Matt Almos, and Artistic Director of Sacred Fools and cast member Scott Leggett, they reveal some brief insights into Merrill, what makes him tick like an overwound clock, his never-ending research on Mattsun's elusive piece, and why it is so difficult to get more information on the works of the Swedish master.
To summarize, in their words, “through Mattsun's surreal theatricality and stunning wordplay, the audience is engulfed in the tale of a troubled young man named Philip, who follows a Mysterious Child into a world of art, sexuality, and madness.”
RESA has previously traveled in its historical run to Seattle, Edinburgh, and New York, and the team talks with unbridled excitement over the show's return once again.
The following podcast was prerecorded at The Broadwater in Hollywood, home of Sacred Fools and The Burglars of Hamm, and is a spirited discussion on the show's deep and meaningful material, with some hilarious results. Like the show at its core, produced was some very ripe fruit.
RESA returns for another encore run at The Broadwater on Friday, October 5, 2018, bringing with it its amazing and talented cast to make us laugh, cry, and then cry even more with laughter.
A serious piece aided by the director's unique insights throughout, RESA is a must see. With hope, this interview may bring about more insight into that mind - just not from him. Be sure to keep those headphones on.

Lars Mattsun's masterpiece Resa Fantastiskt Mystisk previews Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30, at 8 p.m., and opens October 5 to November 3, 2018, at The Broadwater Theatre. Visit their website for showtimes and tickets.
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