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Two theatre nerds talking to cool people and saving the world one drink at a time. Every week, we introduce you to a brilliant artist and explore their unique point of view on making theater, particularly the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Along the way, we hit peak geekitude on everything from Star Wars to Ancient Greek. This Wooden O is the official podcast of Queens, NYC based theater company Rude Grooms (rudegrooms.com) hosted by our Master of Casting and Company Management Daniel Kemper (danielkemperacts.com), and Master of the Revels Montgomery Sutton (montgomerysutton.com). Watch every episode in unedited form and tune into the conversation for livestreams of future episodes by becoming a patron at patreon.com/rudegrooms. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/this-wooden-o/donations

Two theatre nerds talking to cool people and saving the world one drink at a time. Every week, we introduce you to a brilliant artist and explore their unique point of view on making theater, particularly the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Along the way, we hit peak geekitude on everything from Star Wars to Ancient Greek. This Wooden O is the official podcast of Queens, NYC based theater company Rude Grooms (rudegrooms.com) hosted by our Master of Casting and Company Management Daniel Kemper (danielkemperacts.com), and Master of the Revels Montgomery Sutton (montgomerysutton.com). Watch every episode in unedited form and tune into the conversation for livestreams of future episodes by becoming a patron at patreon.com/rudegrooms. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/this-wooden-o/donations

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United States

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Two theatre nerds talking to cool people and saving the world one drink at a time. Every week, we introduce you to a brilliant artist and explore their unique point of view on making theater, particularly the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Along the way, we hit peak geekitude on everything from Star Wars to Ancient Greek. This Wooden O is the official podcast of Queens, NYC based theater company Rude Grooms (rudegrooms.com) hosted by our Master of Casting and Company Management Daniel Kemper (danielkemperacts.com), and Master of the Revels Montgomery Sutton (montgomerysutton.com). Watch every episode in unedited form and tune into the conversation for livestreams of future episodes by becoming a patron at patreon.com/rudegrooms. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/this-wooden-o/donations

Twitter:

@thiswoodeno

Language:

English


Episodes

(Don’t) Spill the Tea (with Michael Ortiz)

3/30/2020
CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains mentions of sex, and references of drug use. This week, Daniel and Monty reconnect with a former acting classmate turned entrepreneur and International Tea Master, Mike Ortiz (@sipjojo on Instagram) to discuss his journey from theatre school to brewing tea on the world stage. Topics include: The return of “Danny” KemperFinding your weirdos in action!The parallels between auditioning and building a business.The importance of unapologetically taking up...

Duration:01:02:00

Gettin Jiggy With It (with Bridget Bose)

3/23/2020
WE HAVE MERCH! Official This Wooden O coffee mugs and baseball tees are available on our website. Get yours at http://www.thiswoodeno.com/shop today! This week Daniel (@thedanielkemper) and Monty (@montgomerysutto) sit down with Rude Grooms' Master of Movement Bridget Bose (@bridgetbose on Instagram). Bridget has choreographed dances, jigs, and creepy death movement pieces for all Rude Grooms productions. Listen to her talk about her journey from Colorado to New York, starting and running...

Duration:00:46:56

Music of the Spheres (with Kara Arena)

3/16/2020
WE HAVE MERCH! Official This Wooden O coffee mugs and baseball tees are available on our website. Get yours at http://www.thiswoodeno.com/shop today! This week Daniel and Monty sit down with actor, singer/songwriter, and Rude Grooms Master of Music, Kara Arena. Kara has composed music for every Rude Grooms production, as well as the music for this very podcast. Listen to her talk about her journey as an artist, how her creative process works, and then go and follow her on Instagram...

Duration:00:43:09

Lone Star Shakespeare (with Jenni Stewart)

3/9/2020
WE HAVE MERCH! Official This Wooden O coffee mugs and baseball tees are available on our website with a special 10% Discount (offer expires 3/16/2020). Get yours at http://www.thiswoodeno.com/shop and use code “WEIRDOS” at checkout! This week Daniel and Monty sit down with director, producer, and Associate Artistic Director of Shakespeare Dallas, Jenni Stewart. To learn more, follow her on Instagram @jennalola Topics include: Taming of the Shrew Music is by Kara Arena, Master of Music...

Duration:00:47:15

Find Your Weirdos (with Deb Radloff)

3/2/2020
WE HAVE MERCH! Official This Wooden O coffee mugs and baseball tees are available on our website with a special 10% Discount (offer expires 3/16/2020). Get yours at http://www.thiswoodeno.com/shop and use code “WEIRDOS” at checkout! This week Daniel and Monty sit down with actor, yogi, and Rude Grooms Sharer/Founding Member Deb Radloff who has been featured in every RG production going all the way back to Much Ado about Nothing. She shares her story today about finding your wins in the...

Duration:00:41:05

Play (with Elisabeth Ahrens)

2/24/2020
This week Daniel and Monty sit down with actor Elisabeth Ahrens, who was featured in Rude Grooms’s 2019 productions of Romeo & Juliet and The Changeling. She’s also the person we specifically referenced in Episode 1 of the podcast whose audition was so strong we added an entire actor track to a production. To learn more, follow her on Instagram @elisabethahrens. Topics include: Finding alternatives to clichéd one-note character choices through non-traditional casting choicesHow a rural,...

Duration:00:47:33

The Difference is in the Details (with Sara Slagle)

2/17/2020
This week Daniel and Monty sit down with self-described Method props artist, set decorator, and producer, Sara Slagle. Sara and Monty have collaborated on numerous projects for 10 years, and Sara was the brains behind the world Rude Grooms created this summer with Romeo and Juliet. To learn more, follow her on Instagram @ehtoozee. Topics include: How Sara found her way into props and designMethod props designHow fully realized, hand-crafted props help with immersion, and the power of...

Duration:00:46:11

Directing: or, The Big Questions That Will Never Be Answered (with Anya Saffir)

2/10/2020
This week Daniel and Monty sit down with director, writer, and acting teacher Anya Saffir. Anya taught Daniel and Monty during their undergraduate time in the Atlantic Conservatory program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Since then, she has directed around the world from Mexico City to the Moscow Art Theatre. To learn more, check out her website anyasaffir.com. Topics include: The debate between Tuzenbach and Vershinin in The Three Sisters on whether humanity moves forward or...

Duration:00:51:51

Fight Like a Girl (with Kaitlyn Farley and Molly Thomas)

2/3/2020
This week in our very first two guest episode, Daniel and Monty sit down with actor-combatants Kaitlyn Farley and Molly Thomas. Molly is an original member of Rude Grooms currently performing with the Brave Spirits Theatre in Washington, D.C. Kaitlyn has choreographed the two most recent RG productions, Romeo and Juliet and The Changeling, and is the co-founder of Fight the Good Fight Productions. Follow Molly on Instagram and check out her website. Follow Kaitlyn on Instagram and check out...

Duration:00:47:46

Be Still and Breathe (with Rachel Schmeling)

1/20/2020
This week, Daniel and Monty sit down with actor, writer, producer, stand-up comic, social media manager, and yoga teacher Rachel Schmeling, who played Juliet in our summer 2019 production of Romeo and Juliet. Follow Rachel @rachelmschmeling on Instagram or visit her website, rachelschmeling.com. Topics include: Each week, Daniel & Monty share recommendations of something they are watching, reading, or listening to. This week, Daniel suggests The Hulu Series This Way Up written by and...

Duration:00:44:50

Communication, Boundaries, & Permission (with Becca Kaplan)

1/12/2020
This week, Daniel and Monty sit down with stage manager/actor/director Becca Kaplan, exploring her approaches to theatre production and the importance of clear and effective communication in the rehearsal process.. Topics include: Working around racist and sexist content in the modern theatrical eraHow physical choreography can change the mood and tension of a sceneGenerational differences between actorsThe importance of intimacy directors in modern theatreThe practicality of stage...

Duration:00:37:58

Artist as Educator (with Nicole Carlson)

1/6/2020
This week, Daniel and Monty sit down with actor and arts educator Nicole Carlson, exploring her approaches to creating young artists rooted in the concept of the Ensemble. Topics include: Our brilliant idea for a new superhero called SubordinateNicole working on Willy Wonka Junior with 70 kidsGenerational shifts in the age at which kids get cell phonesHow to keep kids attention when they’re always on their phonesThe sometimes compulsive need to TikTokGoing even a few days without a...

Duration:00:48:38

Actor Life in the US vs. the UK (with Harry Waller)

12/30/2019
This week, Daniel and Monty discuss similarities and differences of life as a working actor in the United States and across the Pond in the U.K. with intercontinental special guest, Harry Waller! Topics include: The History BoysLove's Labours LostLove's Labours WonMuch Ado About NothingLiving With Yourself#CastMontyInLivingWithYourself #LivingWithMontyself This week, we introduce a new segment at the end where Daniel and Monty each share a recommendation from the past week for something...

Duration:00:47:54

Art & Activism (with Anneka Kumli)

12/23/2019
This week we sit down with actor, singer, model, dancer, and poet Anneka Kumli to discuss finding her personal intersection between political activism and art. Along the way, topics include: The Tragedy of MiriamThe Roaring GirlWhiplashTroy Music is by Kara Arena, Master of Music for Rude Grooms. Follow us @thiswoodeno on Twitter and Instagram, visit us on the web at thiswoodeno.com, like us on Facebook, or support us on Patreon (patreon.com/rudegrooms) to join the conversation during...

Duration:00:46:06

Momentum (with Daniel Kemper and Montgomery Sutton)

12/16/2019
In this pilot episode of This Wooden O, your hosts Daniel Kemper and Montgomery Sutton sip delicious Singlecut Beer and speak with special guests Daniel Kemper and Montgomery Sutton (respectively Master of Casting & Company Management and Master of the Revels for Rude Grooms). We know what you’re asking — how did you get them??? We can hardly believe it ourselves! Topics include: Jedi: Fallen OrderThe MandalorianJedi: Fallen OrderRude Grooms Music is by Kara Arena, Master of Music for...

Duration:00:44:58

Teaser

12/6/2019
Meet your hosts, Daniel Kemper (Master of Casting and Company Management for Rude Grooms) and Montgomery Sutton (Master of the Revels for Rude Grooms) alongside guest Becca Kaplan (stage manager for Rude Grooms' 2019 production of Romeo and Juliet) and virtual guest Amber Elby (courtesy of patreon.com/rudegrooms/) as they challenge themselves to give you a realistic look at what to expect from This Wooden O in just 30 seconds. Support this podcast at —...

Duration:00:00:56