Dungeons & Dragons with Jason & Meghan Gagne
February 5, 2020
Excuse me while I geek out for a while. I love Dungeons & Dragons. I dabbled briefly in my teens, but only rediscovered the game in the past 3 or 4 years - so I can't claim to be a long time player. I'm definitely a part of the game's resurgence in popular culture. But long time players and newbies can share the table with 5th Edition, and the creative energy is always enjoyable. Jason and Meghan Gagne have been playing the game together for a while now, and have started incorporating some of Jason's hand-made miniatures into their sessions. It was awesome to be able to talk with them about a game that creates limitless possibilities for creativity.
“June Cleaver, Sexual Deviant” with Benjamin Smith & Trenton Bennett
November 25, 2019
"The great mystery of June Cleaver, her life, her marriage and her family, has plagued mankind for generations. How could such a perfect woman exist, loving a husband, raising two sons, and cooking so immaculately while never appearing stressed, over-worked, fed-up, or unsatisfied?"
Or, at least that's how the Amazon description of "June Cleaver: Sexual Deviant" begins. I don't remember feeling any sense of mystery around the characters on Nick At Night - they seemed pretty straight forward. And downright bland. But for author Benjamin Smith there was a backstory to be explored. So he created one, giving a new life to the matriarch of "Leave it to Beaver." His stage play centers on June and Ward Cleaver in their golden years, tackling their roles as grandparents and coming to terms with their pre-"Leave It ... " lives.
A play requires characters - usually several. And it's a challenge to bring multiple characters to life in audio format, but Trenton Bennett faced the challenge head on. June, Ward, and the rest of the cast are brought to aural existence by a single performer, and each voice presented its own challenge for Trenton.
On this episode of Table to Stage we hear from author and performer about "June Cleaver: Sexual Deviant."
Music from https://filmmusic.io
"Wholesome" by Kevin MacLeod https://incompetech.com
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Mckenzie Chapman on Chick Flicks podcast, stitching artwork, and feminism
November 11, 2019
Mckenzie Chapman is the co-host of the Chick Flicks podcast (https://chickflickspodcast.com/), discussing the feminist viewpoint - and overall worthiness - of some of the world's most popular (or dismal, as the case may be) films. She's also a skilled needlepoint artist, and if you visit mckenziechapman.com you can see her work for yourself. Whether the Chick Flicks are hating on some of my best childhood memories (see: Goonies) or celebrating some of my favorite modern action films (I'll watch John Wick all day), their perspective on cinema is refreshing. Check it out!
#keepcreating #creativity #stitchisland #needlepoint #chickflicks #feminism
Kyle Pasciutti on zombies, popsicles, and the art of effects fabrication
October 28, 2019
Kyle Pasciutti likes to create things the world has never seen before. His company, Decimated Designs (decimateddesigns.com) specializes in horror, but also works in whimsy and the fantastic, creating custom makeup, costumes, set pieces, and oversized animatronic puppies. And, of course, popsicles. Obviously. Whether it's creating an on-the-spot zombie at a convention, or sending oversized backpack heads (yeah, backpack heads) across the country, Kyle and his team love a creative challenge - and the skillset and artistry required to pull off these projects are varied and extensive. Get a peek behind the scenes of some special effects wizardry this week!
#zombies #makeup #scenicdesign #staypuft #ghostbusters #thanos #decimated #creativity
Virginia Wolf on the arts and witchcraft in Connecticut, Spot Light, and audition nerves
October 14, 2019
Virginia Wolf is the host of Spot Light with Virginia Wolf on WLIS/WMRD out of Middletown, Connecticut - a radio program that highlights theater and the arts in Connecticut. Gosh, that sounds familiar! Virginia has been on the air for many years now, and her guests come from theater, art, dance, music, and other creative endeavors within visiting distance of the state. She's also a writer and performer, and the creative engine behind Herstory Theater (herstorytheater.com). You can catch Herstory's "Hitchcock and Horror" this month at The Arts at Angeloria's (https://www.theartsatangelorias.com/) in Southington, Connecticut. And if you tune into WLIS/WMRD (https://www.wliswmrd.net/2012/spotlight.htm) at 12:30 on October 24 you'll hear me on Spot Light! #keepcreating
Jeffrey McCann on writing, LGBTQ+ representation, and the Hartford Fringe Festival
September 30, 2019
Hartford playwright Jeffrey McCann is bringing the Fringe Festival to Hartford this October. (hartfordfringefestival.org) He's been involved in theater since the 80s, and has seen how the arts have impacted and changed lives. His experience living in the Seattle theater world have left a lasting impact, and he brings that influence with him to current projects - including the Hartford Fringe Festival. A really great conversation - and I learned a few things myself.
#fringefestival #hartford #theater #playwright #arts #keepcreating
Music from https://filmmusic.io "Smooth Move" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Joey Marsocci on creature costumes, steampunk, and the pain of creation
September 16, 2019
Joey Marsocci is a creator. He's created original pieces for Hendrick's Gin, Disney Imagineering, the Mark Twain House & Museum, and so many more. He was on the forefront of the steampunk movement, and has literally written the book on steampunk art. As the artist behind Grymm Studios, Joey creates and embodies all kinds of creatures. You can see them at grymmstudios.com. Don't forget to rate and review the pod on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts!
#steampunk #creature #cosplay #creativity #keepcreating
Music from https://filmmusic.io "Lost Time" & "Comfortable Mystery 4" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Carolyn Brodginski on the dulcimer, Americana, and music as therapy
September 2, 2019
Maybe you can't picture what a dulcimer is just by hearing the word, but odds are that you'll recognize the sound when you hear Carolyn Brodginski play the instrument. It's something I've always considered rather rare, but as Carolyn points out it has been present in popular music for decades. And its distinctive sound is both joyful and soothing. Carolyn's band, Seat of Our Pants, features her dulcimer in their Americana sound, including on the band's latest release, "Song of Rabble and Roots", available now at seatofourpantsmusic.com. You can also pick up Carolyn's solo recordings at carolynbrodginski.com.
#dulcimer #music #americana #creativity #keepcreating
David Borawski on conceptual art, challenging the viewer, and finding beauty everywhere
August 27, 2019
Hartford-based conceptual artist David Borawski limits his pallet intentionally - black, white, silver, red. And he uses the contrast to great effect, drawing the eye and challenging his viewers not only in the moment, but later while reflecting on what they've seen. You can see some of his work for yourself at rot8or.org or at @davborski on Instagram.
#art #conceptual #hartford #artist #creativity #keepcreating