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Podcast title Modern Myths Podcast
Website URL http://modernmyths.12peers.org...
Description 12 Peers Theater is launching their 2016 season with a groundbreaking year round podcast featuring 13 new play readings, exclusive interviews with the playwrights, and Q&A sessions with the producers, directors and actors. In an effort to make theatre more accessible and on demand, the thirteen new plays will premiere online over the course of 52 episodes spanning the entirety of 2016.
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1. Episode 21 - Wrong Number by Nedra Pezold Roberts
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Wrong Number

by Nedra Pezold Roberts

Directed by Spencer Whale

Cassie.......................................Erika Cuenca

Mike..............................Shaun Cameron Hall

Emma........................................Julia Geisler

Dan...........................................Charlie Wein

Dorothy....................................Gina Preciado

Arnold........................................Todd Betker

Stage Directions...................Amanda Montoya

 

Synopsis

Cassie Hobson is thirty-five, single, and desperately wanting to be pregnant. Her pal Emma and parents Dorothy and Arnold are sympathetic but unable to help. Cassie’s best friend Mike and his partner Dan want to start a family, so the solution seems simple enough when Cassie offers to be the surrogate for their child. Then life intervenes. The fetus Cassie is carrying turns out to be twins, Dan decides he can’t cope with that much responsibility and leaves Mike, and Cassie realizes she can’t give up her babies after all. From the time they were toddlers, Mike and Cassie have been as close as family; suddenly, they actually are family—the parents of twins. Now these friends have to find a way to share the new lives they’ve created: not just the lives of their twins but also their own unexpected connection as gay dad and single mom.

 

Nedra Pezold Roberts Biography

Nedra Pezold Roberts is an emerging playwright from Atlanta. For several decades she taught English and drama, and her publications in the academic arena included two textbooks (one a critical anthology of plays). Then Nedra chose early retirement in 2010 to concentrate on writing her own plays. Her new, second career has begun auspiciously with a number of productions and staged readings coast to coast. She has also scored in several national competitions, including the Southern Playwrights Competition (2013), AACT NewPlayFest (twice, in 2013 and 2015), and the 2016-17 TNT POPS! New Play Project. She feels honored that the California Stage Company production of The Vanishing Point captured seven Elly Awards, including Best Script, in the 2014 Elly list announced by SARTA, the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance. Nedra is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and Working Title Playwrights, and serves on the board of the Atlanta Writers Club. For more information, see her website or her entry in the New Play Exchange or the profile in The Dramatist for March/April, pp. 56-57.



2. Episode 20 - Alex Kump Interview
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Alex Kump Interview

Playwright of It's Just Something That Happened

Directed by
Reginald Douglas

Featuring

Moira Quigley ..……..………...………….Frankie
Matt Henderson..………………….…..……….. Eli
Ryan Patrick Kearney...…....…..Christopher
John Feightner..….………….………………...Billy
Alex Manalo…….………………....…...….. Death
Christopher Collier…...….. Stage Directions

Recording location provided by TimeSys Corporation.

 

It’s Just Something That Happened Synopsis
The Family Fun Time Bowling Center will be closing its doors at the end of the season. Frankie and Eli spend their summer with Billy, who is doing nothing with his life, and Death (short for Meredith) the gamer obsessed with old arcade games, and the new employee Christopher. At a party in the arcade, something happens that threatens to break apart Frankie and Eli's friendship for good. It's Just Something That Happened is a coming-of-age play about friendship and uncertain futures.

Alex Kump Biography
Alex Kump is a playwright, performance artist, and general Jack-of-All-Trades based in Chicago, Illinois. He an Assistant Director and company member with Drinking and Writing Theater, and a production manager with Wild Atlas Theatre Co. Alex is currently performing in VS at the Drinking and Writing Theater twice weekly in Chicago, where he writes and performs short performance art pieces. He also will be writing and performing in a full-length performance art piece in April, in which he and his performance partner will be attempting to catalog the death of every writer ever.

12 Peers Theater’s Mission
Founded in 2011, and taking their name from the Twelve Peers of Charlemagne, 12 Peers Theater is a 501(c)(3) organization operating in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. 12 Peers Theater's mission is to provide challenging and engaging theater through contemporary works exploring myth and cultural identity. 

www.12peers.org
www.patreon.com/12peerstheater



3. Episode 19 - It's Just Something That Happened by Alex Kump
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It’s Just Something That Happened
by Alex Kump

Directed by
Reginald Douglas

Featuring

Moira Quigley ..……..………...………….Frankie
Matt Henderson..………………….…..……….. Eli
Ryan Patrick Kearney...…....…..Christopher
John Feightner..….………….………………...Billy
Alex Manalo…….………………....…...….. Death
Christopher Collier…...….. Stage Directions

Recording location provided by TimeSys Corporation.

 

It’s Just Something That Happened Synopsis
The Family Fun Time Bowling Center will be closing its doors at the end of the season. Frankie and Eli spend their summer with Billy, who is doing nothing with his life, and Death (short for Meredith) the gamer obsessed with old arcade games, and the new employee Christopher. At a party in the arcade, something happens that threatens to break apart Frankie and Eli's friendship for good. It's Just Something That Happened is a coming-of-age play about friendship and uncertain futures.

Alex Kump Biography
Alex Kump is a playwright, performance artist, and general Jack-of-All-Trades based in Chicago, Illinois. He an Assistant Director and company member with Drinking and Writing Theater, and a production manager with Wild Atlas Theatre Co. Alex is currently performing in VS at the Drinking and Writing Theater twice weekly in Chicago, where he writes and performs short performance art pieces. He also will be writing and performing in a full-length performance art piece in April, in which he and his performance partner will be attempting to catalog the death of every writer ever.

12 Peers Theater’s Mission
Founded in 2011, and taking their name from the Twelve Peers of Charlemagne, 12 Peers Theater is a 501(c)(3) organization operating in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. 12 Peers Theater's mission is to provide challenging and engaging theater through contemporary works exploring myth and cultural identity. www.12peerstheater.org
www.patreon.com/12peerstheater



4. Episode 18 - Leslie Becker Interview
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Episode 18 - Leslie Becker Interview

12 Peers Theater's Artistic Director Vince Ventura interviews Broadway Veteran, Leslie Becker.

 

LESLIE BECKER has appeared on Broadway and major national tours of WICKED, BONNIE & CLYDE, ANYTHING GOES, CINDERELLA, NINE, AMAZING GRACE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and SHOW BOAT. She has starred in over 50 regional productions including RAGTIME (Mother), BILLY ELLIOT (Mrs. Wilkinson), KING AND I (Anna), HELLO, DOLLY (Dolly) and more. Also a writer, her book The Organized Actor has been a best seller for over 20 years and her musical A PROPER PLACE (book/lyrics) will have its World Premiere on the Mainstage at The Village Theatre in March 2017. As a recording artist, her debut single Slow Burn reached number 4 on the AC Billboard/Hot AC chart this year. 

www.LeslieBecker.com

 

Click here for an exclusive discount on Leslie Becker's The Organized Actor



5. Episode 17 - Jim Knable Interview
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The Curse of Atreus

by Jim Knable

A white motorcycle cop gets a flat tire on the freeway and ends up meeting Grace, a black female mechanic, at her auto shop. As a rookie, he wants to keep the flat off the books to save face.  Despite their differences, an understanding begins to develop.  But when Grace's son shows up and meets the description of a suspected car thief, a Tragedy of the 21st Century is set in motion.


6. Episode 16 - The Curse of Atreus by Jim Knable Part 2
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The Curse of Atreus

by Jim Knable

A white motorcycle cop gets a flat tire on the freeway and ends up meeting Grace, a black female mechanic, at her auto shop. As a rookie, he wants to keep the flat off the books to save face.  Despite their differences, an understanding begins to develop.  But when Grace's son shows up and meets the description of a suspected car thief, a Tragedy of the 21st Century is set in motion.


7. Episode 15 - The Curse of Atreus by Jim Knable Part 1
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The Curse of Atreus

by Jim Knable

A white motorcycle cop gets a flat tire on the freeway and ends up meeting Grace, a black female mechanic, at her auto shop. As a rookie, he wants to keep the flat off the books to save face.  Despite their differences, an understanding begins to develop.  But when Grace's son shows up and meets the description of a suspected car thief, a Tragedy of the 21st Century is set in motion.

 



8. Episode 14 - Jennie Redling Interview Part 2
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Gone Astray

By Jennie Redling

Kerryn O’Mally has insisted for nine years that her abducted child is still alive. Since her daughter’s disappearance she has frozen herself, her husband and their mentally handicapped son in a changeless state. With the missing girl's twentieth birthday approaching, a young woman of the Lakota nation arrives at their doorstep and is persuaded to recover the lost child. A battle of wills ensues when the hopes of Kerryn, a white woman steeped in Roman Catholic ritual, clash with the doubts of a Native American who has wandered adrift of her ancestors’ beliefs



9. Episode 13 - Gone Astray by Jennie Redling Act 2
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Gone Astray
by Jennie Redling
Kerryn O’Mally has insisted for nine years that her abducted child is still alive. Since her daughter’s disappearance she has frozen herself, her husband and their mentally handicapped son in a changeless state. With the missing girl's twentieth birthday approaching, a young woman of the Lakota nation arrives at their doorstep and is persuaded to recover the lost child. A battle of wills ensues when the hopes of Kerryn, a white woman steeped in Roman Catholic ritual, clash with the doubts of a Native American who has wandered adrift of her ancestors’ beliefs.



10. Episode 12 - Gone Astray by Jennie Redling Act 1
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Gone Astray
by Jennie Redling
Kerryn O’Mally has insisted for nine years that her abducted child is still alive. Since her daughter’s disappearance she has frozen herself, her husband and their mentally handicapped son in a changeless state. With the missing girl's twentieth birthday approaching, a young woman of the Lakota nation arrives at their doorstep and is persuaded to recover the lost child. A battle of wills ensues when the hopes of Kerryn, a white woman steeped in Roman Catholic ritual, clash with the doubts of a Native American who has wandered adrift of her ancestors’ beliefs.



11. Episode 11 - Jennie Redling Interview
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Gone Astray
by Jennie Redling

Kerryn O’Mally has insisted for nine years that her abducted child is still alive. Since her daughter’s disappearance she has frozen herself, her husband and their mentally handicapped son in a changeless state. With the missing girl's twentieth birthday approaching, a young woman of the Lakota nation arrives at their doorstep and is persuaded to recover the lost child. A battle of wills ensues when the hopes of Kerryn, a white woman steeped in Roman Catholic ritual, clash with the doubts of a Native American who has wandered adrift of her ancestors’ beliefs.



12. Episode 10 - Michael Aman Interview Part 2
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Caliban
By Michael Aman

Caliban is a play about language and resentments. Shakespeare’s creature from The Tempest is still alive and well and still speaking iniambic pentameter. He lives on an island where he finds Emma, a nurse with her own baggage. Together with an angry young playwright named Wendy and her father, the play shows the power that forgiveness holds, even when confronting ancient resentments.





13. Episode 9 - Caliban by Michael Aman
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 Caliban
By Michael Aman

Caliban is a play about language and resentments. Shakespeare’s creature from The Tempest is still alive and well and still speaking iniambic pentameter. He lives on an island where he finds Emma, a nurse with her own baggage. Together with an angry young playwright named Wendy and her father, the play shows the power that forgiveness holds, even when confronting ancient resentments.

 



14. Episode 8 - Michael Aman Interview Part 1
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Caliban

by Michael Aman

Caliban is a play about language and resentments. Shakespeare’s creature from The Tempest is still alive and well and still speaking iniambic pentameter. He lives on an island where he finds Emma, a nurse with her own baggage. Together with an angry young playwright named Wendy and her father, the play shows the power that forgiveness holds, even when confronting ancient resentments.



15. Episode 7 - Spiralling Q&A
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Spiralling

By Judith Pratt

A mysterious crate of tribal masks appears in the office of a disaffected academic and her struggling young grad student. Meredith hopes that the masks, and their stories, are a ticket out of her hated teaching job. Jill, struggling for meaning in her life, hopes the masks will supply her with a belief in—something.

The two women learn that the masks might be forgeries made by Emma, who traveled the Pacific in 1910. Or the masks may have been made by the indigenous tribe Emma visits and describes in her journal. As Meredith and Jill find and read the journal, Emma, in the past, writes and comments on it.

The three masks represent the traps women encounter at each stage of life—maiden, mother, and crone. The maiden gives up everything for love; the mother starves herself for her children; the crone nearly destroys the world in her fight against death. Jill loves the Maiden; Meredith fears the Crone; between them they are Mother and daughter.

Obsessed with the masks, Jill argues with Meredith, forgets to eat, burns her dissertation—and discovers something to believe in.



16. Episode 6 - Judith Pratt Interview
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Spiralling

By Judith Pratt

A mysterious crate of tribal masks appears in the office of a disaffected academic and her struggling young grad student. Meredith hopes that the masks, and their stories, are a ticket out of her hated teaching job. Jill, struggling for meaning in her life, hopes the masks will supply her with a belief in—something.

The two women learn that the masks might be forgeries made by Emma, who traveled the Pacific in 1910. Or the masks may have been made by the indigenous tribe Emma visits and describes in her journal. As Meredith and Jill find and read the journal, Emma, in the past, writes and comments on it.

The three masks represent the traps women encounter at each stage of life—maiden, mother, and crone. The maiden gives up everything for love; the mother starves herself for her children; the crone nearly destroys the world in her fight against death. Jill loves the Maiden; Meredith fears the Crone; between them they are Mother and daughter.

Obsessed with the masks, Jill argues with Meredith, forgets to eat, burns her dissertation—and discovers something to believe in.



17. Episode 5 - Spiralling by Judith Pratt
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Spiralling

By Judith Pratt

A mysterious crate of tribal masks appears in the office of a disaffected academic and her struggling young grad student. Meredith hopes that the masks, and their stories, are a ticket out of her hated teaching job. Jill, struggling for meaning in her life, hopes the masks will supply her with a belief in—something.

The two women learn that the masks might be forgeries made by Emma, who traveled the Pacific in 1910. Or the masks may have been made by the indigenous tribe Emma visits and describes in her journal. As Meredith and Jill find and read the journal, Emma, in the past, writes and comments on it.

The three masks represent the traps women encounter at each stage of life—maiden, mother, and crone. The maiden gives up everything for love; the mother starves herself for her children; the crone nearly destroys the world in her fight against death. Jill loves the Maiden; Meredith fears the Crone; between them they are Mother and daughter.

Obsessed with the masks, Jill argues with Meredith, forgets to eat, burns her dissertation—and discovers something to believe in.



18. Episode 4 - Cry in the Shower Q&A
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Cry in the Shower

by Liz Leighton

Detailing the emotionally complicated relationship between a mother and daughter both suffering from an emotional disorder (which the mother has euphemistically coined as “the sads”), this piece jumps around in time to reveal how a family of two develops over the course of a lifetime. Chantal Gregory perseveres to teach her daughter, Lena “The Rules of Suffering” to help her survive genetically inherited clinical depression. In doing so, she overlooks her daughter’s humanity. This piece explores how even the closest relationships can fall apart.



19. Episode 3 - Liz Leighton Interview
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Cry in the Shower

by Liz Leighton

Detailing the emotionally complicated relationship between a mother and daughter both suffering from an emotional disorder (which the mother has euphemistically coined as “the sads”), this piece jumps around in time to reveal how a family of two develops over the course of a lifetime. Chantal Gregory perseveres to teach her daughter, Lena “The Rules of Suffering” to help her survive genetically inherited clinical depression. In doing so, she overlooks her daughter’s humanity. This piece explores how even the closest relationships can fall apart.



20. Episode 2 - Cry in the Shower by Liz Leighton Part 2
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Cry in the Shower

by Liz Leighton

Detailing the emotionally complicated relationship between a mother and daughter both suffering from an emotional disorder (which the mother has euphemistically coined as “the sads”), this piece jumps around in time to reveal how a family of two develops over the course of a lifetime. Chantal Gregory perseveres to teach her daughter, Lena “The Rules of Suffering” to help her survive genetically inherited clinical depression. In doing so, she overlooks her daughter’s humanity. This piece explores how even the closest relationships can fall apart.

ter’s humanity. This piece explores how even the closest relationships can fall apart.



21. Episode 1 - Cry in the Shower by Liz Leighton Part 1
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Cry in the Shower

by Liz Leighton

Detailing the emotionally complicated relationship between a mother and daughter both suffering from an emotional disorder (which the mother has euphemistically coined as “the sads”), this piece jumps around in time to reveal how a family of two develops over the course of a lifetime. Chantal Gregory perseveres to teach her daughter, Lena “The Rules of Suffering” to help her survive genetically inherited clinical depression. In doing so, she overlooks her daughter’s humanity. This piece explores how even the closest relationships can fall apart.



22. Episode 0 - Modern Myths Podcast
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 12 Peers Theater is launching their 2016 season with a groundbreaking year round podcast featuring 13 new play readings, exclusive interviews with the playwrights, and Q&A sessions with the producers, directors and actors. In an effort to make theatre more accessible and on demand, the thirteen new plays will premiere online over the course of 52 episodes spanning the entirety of 2016.