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Polly Carl of the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage is revitalizing American theater by taking inspiration from the commons. She’s heading to Emerson College in July to start up the Center for Theatre Commons. On this episode, she chats about the state of non-profit and storefront theater, issues of access both in the theater and in the technology sphere, and disruptive versus dysfunctional narratives.
During Breaking News, Amanda Hess discusses the week’s assaults on abortion rights, and and Aaron Cynic provides an update on Occupy Chicago. Also, Paul discusses the drumbeat for war with Iran, attacks on LGBTQ rights in Russia, and a wooly mammoth allegedly caught on camera in Siberia.
Polly Carl will be heading to Emerson College in July to start up the Center for Theatre Commons. She is currently the editor of the online journal HowlRound and the director of the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage. Polly produces, dramaturgs, commissions, writes, and consults. She spent two years as Director of Artistic Development at Steppenwolf Theatre and served eleven years at the Playwrights’ Center—seven as Producing Artistic Director. She moderates a lot of panels, sits on committees and boards, and passionately loves her dogs. Her Ph.D. in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society is from the University of Minnesota.
Aaron Cynic is a zine writer, internet radio host, blogger, musician, and project organizer from Chicago. He mainly publishes a zine called Diatribe, but has published a few other one shot zines. Aaron has also contributed to numerous other websites and publications and currently writes for Chicagoist. When he’s not writing or watching bad sci-fi, he’s singing for the band Burning Luck.
• 01:14 – “Power Doesn’t Run On Nothing” by the Thermals
• 02:20 – Breaking News
• 10:50 – “Toybox” by the Geraldine Fibbers
• 11:52 – Amanda Hess on abortion rights
• 40:39 – “Slave Labor” by Mariachi El Bronx
• 41:51 – Aaron Cynic on Occupy Chicago
• 57:30 – “Working Man” by Boaz Vilozny
• 58:59 – Pseudoscience News of the Week
• 1:04:19 – “Actor Out of Work” by St. Vincent
• 1:05:04 – A Theater of the Commons with Polly Carl
• 1:51:10 – “Serpents” by Sharon Van Etten