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Break a Leg is the only radio show in St. Louis where working theatre artists interview working theatre artists. The program is hosted by actor, singer and theatrical agent Deborah Sharn and by Scott Miller, New Line Theatre artistic director, playwright, composer and author of many books on theatre.




62: Curt Wollen, Troupe America and "Church Basement Ladies"

Host Deborah Sharn talks with director and producer, Curt Wollen with Troupe America about his current show, "Church Basement Ladies" that plays through October 1st at the Playhouse at Westport in St. Louis.

Duration: 00:22:53

61: Maggie Ryan, Joneal Joplin, and Insight Theatre Company's On Golden Pond

Deborah Sharn talks with Maggie Ryan, Artistic Director for Insight Theatre Company about their 10th season that continues with ON GOLDEN POND and BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY. Deborah also interview St. Louis favorite, actor Joneal Joplin about his role as Norman Thayer in ON GOLDEN POND and his life as a professional actor in St. Louis and beyond.

Duration: 00:22:06

60: John Tartaglia, Sesame Street, Avenue Q, and The Muny

Deborah Sharn talks with actor, singer, dancer, puppeteer, and producer John Tartaglia about his work on Sesame Street, Avenue Q, and Beauty and The Beast. We also talked about the shows he created - "Johnny and The Sprites", "Imagine Ocean" and his current show, "Splash and Bubbles". John will be at The Muny in St.Louis this Summer playing Hysterium in "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum" July 5-11, 2017.

Duration: 00:19:11

59: Jack Lane, Stages St. Louis and the 2017 Season

Deborah Sharn talks with Jack Lane, Executive Producer for Stages St. Louis about the 31st season. Deborah and Jack also talked about the Stages' performing arts academy, the new performing arts center in Kirkwood and shows on which Jack Lane was a producer. Stages 31st season includes, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", "9 to 5 The Musical", South Pacific" and "Suessical The Musical".

Duration: 00:18:15

58: Denny Reagan and The Muny's 2017 season

Deborah Sharn talks with Denny Reagan, president and CEO of The Muny about their 99th season in St. Louis. The Muny opens June 12th with JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR followed by THE LITTLE MERMAID, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, ALL SHOOK UP, THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN, A CHORUS LINE and NEWSIES.

Duration: 00:22:23

57: New Jewish Theatre "“4000 Miles”"

Deborah Sharn talks with Director Edward Coffield and actress Amy Loui about the play, “4000 Miles”, the final production of New Jewish Theatre’s 20th season. They discuss Jewish theater, the New Jewish Theatre and it’s mission and Amy’s father, Wayne Loui.

Duration: 00:14:36

56: Upstream Theatre’s “A Human Being Died That Night”

Deborah Sharn talks with Director, Patrick Siler about Upstream Theatre’s next production, “A Human Being Died That Night”, based on the bestselling book by South African psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela. Patrick and Deborah talk about the play which are interviews conducted by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela with Eugene de Kock, a South African government sanction political assassin, nick-named “prime Evil” for his crimes against anti-apartheid activists. The play explores forgiveness in this...

Duration: 00:16:31

55: Carrie Houk and the Tennessee Williams Festival

Deborah Sharn spoke with Carrie Houk, Executive Artistic Director for the 2017 Tennessee Williams Festival that takes place May 3 through 7 in venues across the Grand Center Theatre District in St. Louis. The Festival includes several theatre productions, cabaret, readings, family photos, a bus tour to several Tennessee Williams homes, a New Orleans style jazz brunch and much more.

Duration: 00:20:21

54: Mustard Seed's "Dancing at Lughnasa"

Deborah Sharn spoke with Gary Wayne Barker and Leslie Wobbe about their involvement in Mustard Seed Theatre's production of "Dancing at Lughnasa" that opens April 13th and runs through April 30th at Fontbonne University's Fine Arts Theater.

Duration: 00:16:40

53: St. Louis Actor's Studio's “August: Osage County”

Deborah Sharn talks with William Roth, Kari Ely and Megan Baker about St. Louis Actor’s Studio’s production of “August: Osage County” that opens April 14th and runs through April 30th at the Gaslight Theatre on Boyle in St. Louis.

Duration: 00:16:43

52: Rob McClure and Something's Rotten

Deborah Sharn talks with Rob McClure who will perform the role of Nick Bottom in The Fabulous Fox Theater's production of "Something's Rotten." East-coast based Rob McClure is a regular to St. Louis audiences, having performed multiple roles at the Muny and other local companies.

Duration: 00:14:40

51: “Intimate Apparel” with Kathleen Sitzer and Gary Barker

Deborah Sharn talks with Kathleen Sitzer, Artistic Director for The New Jewish Theatre and Gary Barker who directed “Intimate Apparel” the current production of The New Jewish Theatre. We talk about the history of women in early 20th century America, a subject featured in the play.

Duration: 00:18:16

50: Alan Ox's “There’s an Alien in My Soup”

Deborah Sharn talks with Alan Ox about his show, “There’s an Alien in My Soup” that plays through Feb. 4 at the Marcelle Theatre in St. Louis.

Duration: 00:21:11

49: Theatre Lab's "Closer" at .ZACK

Deborah Sharn talks with Ryan Foizey and Tom Martin about Theatre Lab’s production of CLOSER, a play by Patrick Marber. CLOSER is a play about modern love and betrayal. We also talk about the .ZACK Theatre space in midtown St. Louis and about the vision for Theatre Lab theater company in St. Louis.

Duration: 00:13:32

48: Kristin Caskey and the Fox Theatre Season

Deborah Sharn talks with Kristin Caskey, President of Fox Theatricals about the Fabulous Fox Theatre season which continues with Fun Home November 15-27, 2016 in St. Louis.

Duration: 00:14:31

47: Tovah Feldshuh and "Aging is Optional"

Deborah Sharn talks to actress, singer and playwright, Tovah Feldshuh about her career and cabaret show, "Aging is Optional" at the Gaslight Theatre Oct 28 and 29 in St. Louis.

Duration: 00:20:57

46: New Jewish Theatre presents "Golda's Balcony"

Deborah Sharn spoke with Kathleen Sitzer, Artistic Director for the New Jewish Theatre and actress Lavonne Byers who plays Gilda Meir in the play, "GOLDA'S BALCONY" that plays thru October 30th at the Wool Studio Theater on the campus of the J. in St. Louis.

Duration: 00:18:33

45: Marilyn Maye at the Gaslight, Oct 14 & 15

Deborah Sharn talks with singer, actress, cabaret performer, director and educator Marilyn Maye about her career which includes 76 appearances in The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Marilyn Maye is performing her cabaret show Oct 14 and 15 at the Gaslight Theatre in St. Louis.

Duration: 00:19:26

44: Linda Kennedy and Upstream Theater’s "SUSPENDED"

Deborah Sharn talks with actress/director Linda Kennedy who is directing Upstream Theater’s first show of their 12th season, SUSPENDED in St. Louis. This is the world premiere of SUSPENDED written by Israeli playwright Maya Arad Yasur. This tightly paced drama shows two refugees washing windows of a skyscraper in a western city, suspended between a world they can see but cannot join, between a past scarred by violence and an uncertain future. SUSPENDED opens in St. Louis October 7th and...

Duration: 00:18:51

43: Jenni Ryan and JOHN AND JEN

Deborah Sharn talks with Jenni Ryan, who plays Jen in the musical, JOHN AND JEN which has been produced by Insight Theatre Company in St. Louis. JOHN AND JEN runs through July 31 in St. Louis. Deborah also talks with Jen about her life in the world of theater – as an actress, director, associate artistic director and educator.

Duration: 00:17:07

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