Interview: Christopher Kriz, Daniel Knox and Greg Hirte

What are the pleasures and pitfalls of composing incidental music for a play? Chicago composers Christopher Kriz (multiple Jeff award nominee, including for his music for Lifeline Theatre’s 2013 production of Pride and Prejudice) and Daniel Knox (Jeff-nominated for his music for Mary Arrchie’s production ofThe Glass Menagerie), and actor/violinist Greg Hirte (incidental music for Piven Theatre’s production of The Language Archive), join Anne Nicholson Weber to talk about their work.

Originally published March 10, 2014 on

Interview: David Catlin and Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi

What makes a text suitable for the signature circus-infused style of Lookingglass Theatre? Director David Catlin and Acrobatic/ Circus Choreographer Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi join Anne Nicholson Weber to discuss their production of The Little Prince, adapted from Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s beloved classic by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar.

Originally published February 10, 2014 on

Interview: Jay Torrence and Halena Kays

How — and why — would you tell the tragic story of the 1903 Iroquois Theatre disaster as a clown piece? Playwright/actor Jay Torrence and director Halena Kays join Anne Nicholson Weber to discuss the development of their unlikely and haunting hit, Burning Bluebeard, which was originally created at The Neo-Futurists and is now being remounted by The Ruffians at Theatre Wit.

Originally published December 16, 2013 on

Interview: Angie Weber Miller and Emily Waecker

What is it like to make a career in Chicago theatrical design? Scenery designer Angie Weber Miller and costume designer Emily Waecker — both 2013 Equity Jeff Award winners — join Anne Nicholson Weber to talk about their careers, their processes and their award-winning designs.

Originally published November 18, 2013 on

Interview: Hallie Gordon, Marilyn Halperin and Nicole O’Connell

Education and outreach are a big part of what many Chicago theatres do. Three leaders in this field — Hallie Gordon (Artistic and Education Director For Young Adults at Steppenwolf Theatre), Marilyn Halperin (Director of Education and Communications at Chicago Shakespeare Theater) and Nicole O’Connell (Director of Education at Writers Theatre) — join Anne Nicholson Weber to discuss how and why their theatres are reaching out to teachers and students in the Chicago public schools.

Originally published November 12, 2012 on

Interview: Henry Godinez, Karl Hamilton and Mark David Kaplan

What are the special challenges of making theatre for a young audience? Why is “simple” difficult? Director Henry Godinez and actors Karl Hamilton and Mark David Kaplan join Anne Nicholson Weber to discuss Chicago Children’s Theatre’s production of A Year with Frog & Toad, a family musical adapted by Robert Reale and Willie Reale from the children’s books by Arnold Lobel.

Originally published October 21, 2013 on 

Interview: Michael Shannon and Guy Van Swearingen

For two decades, Michael Shannon and Guy Van Swearingen have been making theatre at 1531 N. Wells Street, the home of A Red Orchid Theatre. On this week’s podcast, Guy and Michael join Anne Nicholson Weber to discuss their partnership of 20 years and their current collaboration in Sam Shepard’sSimpatico.

Originally posted August 26, 2013 on

Interview: Fred Anzevino and Aaron Benham

The prolific Cole Porter wrote nearly 900 songs. So if you set out to create an original revue of his work, where do you begin? And where do you end up? Theo Ubique Artistic Director Fred Anzevino and music director Aaron Benham join Anne Nicholson Weber to discuss their current revue, A Cole Porter Songbook.

Originally published July 1, 2013 on

Interview: The Q Brothers

The Q Brothers’ hip-hop adaptation of Othello is bringing new audiences to Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. CST Creative Producer Rick Boynton, who helped develop Othello: The Remix, joins brothers GQ and JQ to discuss their work with Anne Nicholson Weber.

Originally published  June 3, 2013 on