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Diep Tran and Jose Solís see a lot of theater per year; 150-300 to be exact (each!). So they're nerds. Every week, Jose and Diep will bring a POC perspective to the performing arts, and talk about the best thing they've seen that week, interview artists they love and talk about how to make the entertainment industry a better, more equitable, place for all. Come pull up a seat next to your friends! Support TTF on Patreon at www.patreon.com/tokentheatrefriends.

Diep Tran and Jose Solís see a lot of theater per year; 150-300 to be exact (each!). So they're nerds. Every week, Jose and Diep will bring a POC perspective to the performing arts, and talk about the best thing they've seen that week, interview artists they love and talk about how to make the entertainment industry a better, more equitable, place for all. Come pull up a seat next to your friends! Support TTF on Patreon at www.patreon.com/tokentheatrefriends.

Location:

United States

Description:

Diep Tran and Jose Solís see a lot of theater per year; 150-300 to be exact (each!). So they're nerds. Every week, Jose and Diep will bring a POC perspective to the performing arts, and talk about the best thing they've seen that week, interview artists they love and talk about how to make the entertainment industry a better, more equitable, place for all. Come pull up a seat next to your friends! Support TTF on Patreon at www.patreon.com/tokentheatrefriends.

Language:

English

Contact:

2126095900


Episodes

Ep 15: What the Hell Is a Republic, Anyway? (Feat: Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare)

9/17/2020
This week, the Friends talk about two shows. First they discuss Murder at River Crossing Book Club from Live In Theatre Company, which is an interactive murder mystery where the audience get to interrogate witnesses and try to figure out, who killed the richest woman in town? It's real-life Clue! Then the Friends discuss this year's Miscast, MCC Theater's annual gala, where actors perform songs from shows they would never be cast in. Whose performance did the Friends love most? Find out!...

Duration:01:04:36

Ep 14: Building a Latinx Legacy (Feat: John Leguizamo)

9/10/2020
This week, the Friends weren't able to record an intro together. But their guest is pretty epic. They welcomed Tony-winning actor/writer John Leguizamo, who is now adding director to his resume. He's starring in and directing a new film, Critical Thinking, where he plays a chess teacher who helps inspires a group of low-income Black and Latinx high-schoolers to national chess championship victory. Leguizamo drops by to talk about the film, Latin History for Morons (currently on Netflix), and...

Duration:00:29:16

Ep 13: How to Be Productive in Quarantine (Feat: The Bengsons)

9/3/2020
This week, the Friends react to the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards and the sudden death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman (who was also a playwright!). Then they discuss their experiences at Here We Are, a series of one-on-one plays produced by Theater for One where an actor performs, just for you! It's playing until Sept. 24. Then Shaun Bengson and Abigail Nessen-Bengson, of the musical duo The Bengsons, call in. They're the duo behind the musicals Hundred Days and The Lucky Ones, and...

Duration:01:15:05

Ep 12: Shooting the Sh*t About the Tony Awards (Feat. Daniel K. Isaac)

8/27/2020
The Friends took a break last week because Diep was out of town. But this week, they're coming back in time to talk about the Tony Awards. It's happening! And the Friends have opinions about what the awards ceremony should look like this year. This week's guest is actor Daniel K. Isaac, who is a recurring character on the Showtime television show Billions. But did you know that Isaac is a big theater nerd? He has multiple binders and drawers dedicated to all the playbills he's collected over...

Duration:01:11:51

Ep 11: Would You Risk Your Life For Theater? (Feat: Harriett D. Foy)

8/13/2020
This week, the Friends talk about Godspell at Berkshire Theatre Group, the first musical to be performed in from of a live audience using union actors. There's a lot of plastic involved, and masks on stage, which is admirable but they can't help but wonder: Who would want to risk their health to go see a show right now? Then, the Friends review a show that is safe, the Zoom tarot readings currently being presented from Strange Bird Immersive, a Houston-based company that specializes in...

Duration:00:59:42

Ep 10: "Songs From an Unmade Bed" Is BD Wong's Gay "Lemonade"

8/6/2020
This week, the Friends open the show by talking about Black is King, Beyoncé's new visual album, and folklore, the new album by Taylor Swift that was written and released during quarantine. They talk about how these albums use storytelling as their primary driver, and what other artists can learn about producing during quarantine. And why are the Friends talking about music? That's because their guest this week is Tony winner BD Wong, who is releasing a visual album of his own (his "gay...

Duration:00:59:22

Ep 9: Audio Dramas and Dating Drama (Feat: Clare Barron)

7/23/2020
The Friends discuss two audio plays: Richard II by Shakespeare and Julia Pastrana by Shaun Prendergast. Richard II was presented by the Public Theater and WNYC, and starred André Holland as the king and Miriam A. Hyman as his foe Henry Bolingbroke. It's still available to download. Julia Pastrana is produced by Amphibian Stage Co. and is about the ugliest woman in the world. It's based on a true story and is meant to be listened to in the dark. How immersive! The Friends discussed what...

Duration:01:13:50

Ep 8: How COVID Life and Undocumented Life Aren't That Different (Feat: Hilary Bettis)

7/17/2020
This week, the Friends discuss immigration, or rather, how immigration is portrayed on the stage. First off is a review of The Copper Children by Karen Zacarías, a play that was performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and is now being streamed by the theater. It's about a fight between white people and Mexicans in 1904 Arizona, throwing into question the arbitrary-ness of citizenship and whiteness. Then the Friends interview playwright (and FX's The Americans staff writer) Hilary...

Duration:01:09:38

Ep 7: Our "Hamilton" Congress! (Feat: Kelundra Smith and Heath Saunders)

7/10/2020
Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's epic (and very expensive) musical has moved from the stage to screen thanks to Disney+. A musical as big as Hamilton deserves a big discussion, a cabinet battle, if you will. The Friends are joined by actor and composer Heath Saunders, and theater critic Kelundra Smith. They discuss how Hamilton hits differently in 2020 than it did in 2015 when it premiered, how it's OK for art to be problematic, and whether Hamilton could win the Oscar. This episode was...

Duration:01:13:42

Ep 6: Why George Salazar Prefers to Call In, Instead of Call Out

7/9/2020
The Friends recorded on June 7. This week is a very special episode because there's not one, but TWO, podcast episodes. In the planning for this week, Diep and Jose realized that they had too much content and they didn't want to cut any of it. So this week will be a two-parter. Part one is an interview with George Salazar and part two will be a discussion of Hamilton on Disney+. George Salazar is the beloved actor behind Be More Chill on Broadway. He also starred in a buzzy revival of Little...

Duration:00:51:50

Ep 5: Why Zoom Theater is Giving Us Life! (Feat: Taylor Reynolds)

7/1/2020
The Friends recorded on June 29. They open the show by talking about Zoom plays, what's been working about them, what hasn't been working, and things they've seen on Zoom that they love. Then they talk about two shows they've seen. First, To My Distant Love from On Site Opera, an opera done over the telephone (remember those?). Then they talk about a play they watched on BroadwayHD: Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau, about a Black mother who is worried about how her son is doing in school, and...

Duration:01:12:59

Ep 4: "2666" and Going Beyond Latinx Stereotypes (Feat: Raúl Esparza)

6/25/2020
The Friends recorded on June 23 where they discussed the news that Broadway will not be back until January 2021 (at least). They also went into a deep dive on 2666 by Seth Bockley and Robert Falls—a five-hour play adaptation of the Roberto Bolaño novel, that is currently available to stream for free at the Goodman Theatre's website. Then they hop on a Zoom call with Raúl Esparza, where Jose manages to hide his excitement and act like a professional. The four-time Tony nominee has been doing...

Duration:01:11:28

Ep 3: "The King and I" and the White American Theatre (Feat: April Matthis)

6/18/2020
The Friends sat down and recorded over Skype on June 14 and talked about "We See You White American Theatre," an open letter that got more than 50,000 signatures (including from a bunch of celebrities) and what can be done to solve racism in the American theater. Then they whistle a happy tune and discuss The King and I. They watched a video of the 2015 Broadway revival and talk about how it's problematic but they love it anyway, and how they would improve The King and I....

Duration:01:16:14

Ep 2: Jasmine Batchelor Talks "The Surrogate" and Why Theater Should Be Streamable

6/10/2020
The Friends sat down and recorded over Skype on June 8. They discuss the recent discovery that Broadway theater owners the Nederlanders gave over $150,000 to the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and why we should care. Plus, they talk about two theater productions that were filmed: Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu (available on Amazon Prime) and American Son by Christopher Demos-Brown (available on Netflix). They compare and contrast police brutality as portrayed by a Black playwright versus a...

Duration:01:23:01

Ep 1: Black Lives Matter and How We Can Fight Injustice

6/2/2020
On the first episode of the newly revamped Token Theatre Friends podcast, the Friends sat down and recorded over Skype on June 1. They discussed Black Lives Matter and the protests that have erupted around the world around the murder of George Floyd and police brutality. They also discuss how different brands have released statements to support BLM, including Broadway shows and theater companies across the country, though some of these statements have been better than others. At the end of...

Duration:00:58:06