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RDU on Stage focuses on all things having to do with the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill theater scene.

RDU on Stage focuses on all things having to do with the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill theater scene.
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RDU on Stage focuses on all things having to do with the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill theater scene.








Ep. 20: Vivica C. Coxx, Susannah Hough, David Henderson, and Matthew Hager Talk Drag Queens and The Legend of Georgia McBride

When Casey loses his gig as an Elvis impersonator, he trades in his blue suede shoes for a pair of high heels and becomes a drag queen superstar. And that’s the premise of Matthew Lopez’s play THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE. Honest Pint Theatre Company is producing the regional premiere of the play which stars […]


Ep. 19: Patrick Torres Talks Latinx Theater and ‘West Side Story’

When we talk about Latinx theater in the United States, we are not talking about a trend that started with In the Heights or Hamilton. We are talking about a movement that effectively began in the fields of central California with El Teatro Campesino. And that’s what we are talking about today, Latinx theater, with […]


Ep. 18: Shonica Gooden & Ellenore Scott Talk ‘Hamilton,’ ‘Fosse/Verdon,’ ‘Cats,’ and Cape Fear’s ‘Memphis’

Bring It On, Hamilton, the most recent revival of CATS, the revival of Falsettos, and this season’s Head Over Heels are just a few of the credits my guests today have on their impressive resumes. Shonica Gooden made her Broadway debut in 2012 in the musical Bring It On and three years later replaced Ariana […]


Ep. 17: 140 Years of Hatch Show Print

Today we are taking a field trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee. This place, this shrine of music, is so much more than cowboy boots and Cadillacs. It’s a tribute to all the jazz, blues and bluegrass artists, who are interwoven into country music’s origin story. And nestled in the […]


Ep. 16: Disability, Inclusion, and Representation on Stage with Eric Woodall, Betsy Ludwig, Doug Kapp, and DJGeoYio

When Ali Stroker was cast in the 2015 revival of Spring Awakening, it was the first time that a performer in a wheelchair ever appeared on a Broadway stage. Last month, Ali returned to Broadway in the reimagined revival of Oklahoma, a production most likely to be recognized when the Tony nominations are announced later […]


Ep. 15: Playwright Jason Odell Williams on God, Guns, and ‘Church & State’

This Tuesday marks the 12th anniversary of the shooting at Virginia Tech. As a news junkie, I remember being riveted to the television watching the news events unfold, never imagining that years later, I would become a proud Hokie mom. Interestingly, enough, around the same time my son moved in and began his freshman year […]


Ep. 14: The Godspell Experience with Carol de Giere

Have you ever sat in a movie or a play and thought to yourself, wow, who came up with this idea? What was the aha moment for them that lit some sort of creative fuse and made them think this would make a good story? And that is what we are talking about on this […]


Ep. 13: Kahei Shum Mcrae on Art, Costume Design, and the Chaos Where All Beautiful Work is Birthed

To read a transcript of this episode, click here. As Wake County’s first artist-in-residence, Kahei Shum Mcrae, also known as Ketti, has spent the last year working with theaters across the Triangle designing costumes for such shows as Raleigh Little Theatre’s Measure for Measure and the upcoming Theatre in the Park production of Godspell which […]


Ep. 12: Science and Storytelling with Lauren Gunderson and Egla Hassan

To read a transcript of the RDU on Stage interview with Lauren Gunderson, click here. Note: The music used in this episode was written by Jenny Giering for the play Silent Sky. Sometimes all the stars align and all of the elements that go into making these interviews and conversations so great, including the technology […]


Ep. 11: The Importance of Intimacy Directing with Cara Rawlings

Note: This episode contains content that may not be appropriate for all audiences. About 20 years ago, I worked as a production intern on the soap opera ‘As The World Turns.’ I remember one particular day in which two of my favorite characters were scheduled to do a steamy sex scene. Strangely, what I remember […]


Ep. 9: Theater Criticism with Theater Critic Roy Dicks

Last month, in an article for ‘Fast Company,’ Jed Gottlieb wrote about being the last critic standing at a major Boston newspaper and why that even matters. In that article, Gottlieb writes that critics not only concretely bolster arts and culture but arts writers also provide a historical record of their beat like no other […]


Ep. 10: 47 Years of Triangle Theater History with Theater Critic Roy Dicks

Many people know Roy Dicks as a theater critic writing for ‘The News & Observer’ for nearly two decades. But he also kind of became the purveyor of Triangle theater history, a history he shared with me for RDU on Stage. Throughout this episode, Roy talks about the long history of this dynamic creative community […]


Ep. 8: Sensory-Friendly Performances, Wiggles Welcome

Since 2011, the Theatre Development Fund, also known as TDF, has presented more than 15 autism-friendly shows on Broadway, starting with Disney’s landmark musical ‘The Lion King.’ Beyond Broadway, TDF works with theatres across the country to help create environments that are accessible to all, including working with Arts Access in training some of the staff […]


Ep. 7: Part Two with Playwright Mike Wiley Talking About ‘Peace of Clay’

Subscribe to the RSS Podcast Feed Some of you may have seen ‘Blood Done Sign My Name’ at Raleigh Little Theatre or ‘Leaving Eden’ at PlayMakers last season. Both plays were so impactful and in my opinion, ‘Blood Done Sign My Name’ was one of our best local productions. Now playwright and actor Mike Wiley […]


Ep. 6: Part One with Playwright Mike Wiley -“Nothing Beats a Failure but a Try”

Subscribe to the RSS Podcast Feed Some of you may have seen ’Blood Done Sign My Name’ at Raleigh Little Theatre or ‘Leaving Eden’ at PlayMakers last season, and if you’re anything like me, I’m sure those plays had an impact on you. That’s just one of the reasons why I wanted to sit down […]


Ep. 5: Super Troupers Eric Woodall, Lauren Kennedy, and Charlie Brady Talk Love, ABBA, and NC Theatre’s ‘Mamma Mia!’

There’s a little bit of a party going on at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts this week. That’s because the North Carolina Theatre production of the ABBA musical Mamma Mia! is playing, starring Lauren Kennedy as Donna opposite her real-life husband Charlie Brady as Sam. Lauren and Charlie, along with the show’s director and […]


Ep. 4: A Life in the Theater with Theatre in the Park’s Ira David Wood III and Ira David Wood IV

Subscribe to the RSS Podcast Feed Nestled in the Northern end of Pullen Park is an old National Guard Armory Building. Of course, it’s not been an armory for over 40 years now. In fact, in 1974 it became home to Theatre in the Park. It’s here where Theatre in the Park founder Ira David […]


Ep. 3: One-on-One with Playwright Charly Evon Simpson and Director Whitney White of the New Play ‘Jump’

Subscribe to the RSS Podcast Feed The new play Jump opens at PlayMakers this weekend as part of a rolling world premiere and explores the themes of grief, suicide, mental illness and how we connect with each other. PlayMakers’ Producing Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch calls Playwright Charly Evon Simpson and Director Whitney White a dynamic duo, part […]


Ep. 2: Honest Pint’s David Henderson and Susannah Hough Talk Parenting, Rory Kinnear’s ‘The Herd,’ and Luck and Doggedness

Subscribe to the RSS Podcast Feed On this episode, Honest Pint Theatre Company’s Co-Artistic Directors David Henderson and Susannah Hough talk about the upcoming production of Rory Kinnear’s The Herd. Henderson directs this production and Hough stars in it as a harried mother whose devotion to her disabled son has impacted her and her family’s life […]


Ep. 1: Burning Coal’s Artistic Director Jerome Davis on ‘Ashe in Johannesburg’ and Theater as a Vehicle for Social Change

Subscribe to the RSS Podcast Feed In 1973, tennis champion Arthur Ashe competed in the South African Open. It is the events surrounding this trip to Apartheid South Africa that is the inspiration for the new play Ashe in Johannesburg. On this first episode of the RDU on Stage podcast, hear what Jerome Davis, the artistic […]