Interview with “The Band’s Visit’s” Musical Director

West Hartford native Andrea Grody, who is the musical director of the Broadway hit, The Band’s Visit, will be a guest on the radio program “On Broadway” on Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 5:30-6:30pm. The show airs on the Trinity College radio station, WRTC-FM, 89.3. It can also be heard via live streaming at WRTCFM.com.

“I’m very happy to have Andrea back on my show,” stated long-time host Stuart Brown. “In February 2012 Andrea came on to talk about Strange Faces, a musical she wrote as part of her senior thesis at Princeton University.”

On the February 18th program Ms. Grody, a Hall High School graduate, will talk about her role as the musical director and how she was part of the creative team that helped shaped the musical first, Off-Broadway, and then when it moved to Broadway. “Not many people know what a musical director does,” said Brown, who has been behind the microphone for 25 years. “She brings a lot of insight into the collaborate nature of crafting a Broadway musical and will provide a behind-the-scene look at the show. We’ll also play songs from the musical with commentary provided by Andrea.”

“On Broadway” airs every Sunday night from 5:30-6:30pm on WRTC-FM, 89.3, on the Trinity College radio station. It can also be heard via live streaming at WRTCFM.com. The show is hosted by Stuart Brown of West Hartford. The program, now in its 25th year, is the longest continuously running Broadway music radio show in Connecticut.

Second Women’s Playwright Initiative Set at Ivoryton Playhouse

The Connecticut Chapter of the League of Professional Theatre Women will host a panel discussion and reception as part of the Second Women Playwrights Initiative at Ivoryton Playhouse.

Laura Copland, director of new play development at the Playhouse, will moderate a panel comprised of the playwrights and directors participating in the initiative readings next month. The panel will be held at 4 pm Saturday, March 3 and will be followed by a reception at 5:30.

There is no charge to attend the panel and reception for members of the LPTW. Non members may attend with a $5 cash donation at the door (please select the correct ticket type). An RSVP is necessary for everyone attending. We will be unable to to accommodate walk-ins. Deadline to register is Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 at noon.

To RSVP for the panel and reception, click here. Questions? CTChapterLPTW@gmail.com.

THERE IS A SEPARATE TICKET CHARGE TO ATTEND THE READING SESSIONS. To order tickets for the readings and for more information on the Initiative, visit centerstageticketing.com/sites/ivoryton/, call 860-767-7318. Follow this link and read below for details.

PASSION POWER PROSE 2018 presents:

Staged Reading: Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7 pm

HENRY, LOUISE, and HENRI
By Kathleen Cahill
Directed by Linda MacCluggage

The transformative and unfathomable effect of art is hilariously depicted when a long-married couple go for lunch in a Paris restaurant after a morning spent viewing Matisse paintings.

TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ANYONE, DO THIS
By Jennifer Lane
Directed by Hannah Simms

Scientists claim that there are 36 questions you can ask to fall in love with anyone. But can this seemingly simple exercise save even Wyatt and Merryn’s marriage?

Staged Reading: Saturday, March 3 at 7 pm (following the panel and reception)

BLOOD
By Yael Haskal
Directed by Kathryn Markey

When a young woman elects to donate blood to a sick pastor and pillar of the community, hellish truths are exposed forcing a devastating decision for both her and the nurse.

THE GENTLEMAN’S PACT
By Karen Howes
Directed by Addie Gorlin

A witty, acerbic look at marriage, fidelity, and self-determination when Bill, a college professor, tells his colleague, Arthur, that he wants to marry Arthur’s wife, Evelyn. Can their pact survive Evelyn’s unexpected response?

Ticket prices: $20 adult; $15 senior and LPTW members; $10 student
Both nights package price: $30 adult, $25 senior and LPTHW members; $10 student (buy ticket for Friday get ticket for Saturday free)

Both nights package price: $30 adult, $25 senior and LPTHW members; $10 student (buy ticket for Friday get ticket for Saturday free)

To purchase tickets for the readings on line follow this link.

To RSVP for the panel/reception, visit this link.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS:

Kathleen Cahill’s awards include the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Playwriting Awards, a Massachusetts Artists Foundation Award, a Rockefeller Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts New American Works Grant, three Edgerton Foundation Awards, and a Drama League Award. Her play Charm was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; her play The Persian Quarter was nominated for a Steinberg Award. (Both published by Dramatic Publishing.) She writes for Alan Cumming when he introduces Mystery! on PBS. She is Playwright-in-Residence at the Salt Lake Acting Company.

Yael Haskal is a playwright and performer studying at Vassar College. She is currently working as the Literary Intern for the Manhattan Theatre Club, where she enjoys expanding her knowledge of and passion for dramatic literature. Yael’s next project is a full-length play about the effects of a capital punishment case on a small town in Utah.

Karen Howes is a recipient of several arts grants, is published in a Best-of Anthology by Smith and Kraus, and a winner of the Maxum Mazumdor New Play Prize and The New Science Driven Play Award. Her plays have won several festivals and productions, including at The Alley Theatre, The Academy Theatre, The Bickford, Playwright’s Theatre of NJ, Playwright’s Roundtable, and The Blank. She is a resident playwright at SkyLight Theater in Los Angeles.

Jennifer Lane received her MFA in playwriting from Columbia University and is represented by Amy Wagner of Abrams Artists Agency in New York. For more information about Jennifer and her work, please visit jennifer-lane.net.

-Lauren Yeager