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Host Deardra Shuler invites playwright Greg Kalleres to talk about his play entitled “HONKY.” Through his comic production, Greg brings the issue of race to the forefront to explore the racism embedded within us all, whether in denial or not. Can a pill cure us all? Well we will see what Greg has to say about the play's hypothetical theory. Stay tuned on Sunday, October 27th at 3:00 pm to see if indeed its possible to discuss race and racism, facing issues that are not just black and white.
Greg Kalleres received his BFA from Tisch's Dramatic Writing Program at NYU. His plays have been produced in numerous cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Chicago and Beirut, Lebanon. Greg received the Certificate of Excellence from the Kennedy Center, is a two-time finalist for the Lila Acheson American Playwrights Program at Juilliard and a two-time finalist for Aurora Theatre Company's Global Age Project. His one-act plays have won top honors at the Samuel French Festival, Turnip Festival and Fusion Theatre One Act Play Festival. Greg's work has been published in the New York Times, TDF Stages Magazine, Cracked.com and United Stages' "Best of EATFest" Volumes 3 and 4. He has also been featured in African American newspapers.
His latest play, “WRECKED,” was commissioned by the Three Jennys Theater Company, recently secured $50,000 from the Speranza Foundation Lincoln City Fellowship. In addition to playwriting, Greg has written, produced and won numerous awards for his commercials for ESPN, Nike, Brand Jordan, Budweiser, Google and Twitter. Greg was the lead writer on the award winning "This is SportsCenter" campaign and created ESPN's Monday Night Football campaign: "Is it Monday Yet?" Greg's screenplay, LAST DAY MAN, was optioned by Evamere Entertainment.
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Dianne Duvall, earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of St. Thomas, where she studied fiction writing, playwriting, and poetry writing. Darkness Dawns, the first book in her Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series, was nominated for the RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance by RT Book Reviews and for Best Paranormal Romance - Vampire by The Romance Reviews. It was also deemed a Top Pick by The Romance Reviews and a Best Book by Long and Short Reviews. Night Reigns, the second book in the series, was nominated for Best Best Book of 2011 - Paranormal Romance by The Romance Reviews and declared an “utterly addictive” Top Pick by RT Book Reviews. Phantom Shadows, the third book in the series, has been declared a Top Pick by both The Romance Reviews and Night Owl Reviews. Her Immortal Guardians novella, In Still Darkness, was released in the Predatory anthology on May 7, 2013, and has received fabulous reviews. Darkness Rises, the fourth book in the series, released October 1, 2013 is available as a giveaway.
Join co-hosts Mark McNease and Rick Rose as we welcome author Dominic Ambrose to the show. Dominic is author of the novels Nickel Fare and The Shriek and the Rattle of Trains. Nickel Fare, set in New York City during the 1970s is a coming of age novel with a gay theme. That is not the same as a coming out novel, as the young protagonist is openly gay, just too immature to manage his life properly. The Shriek and the Rattle of Trains, on the other hand, is set in Romania in the 1990s among ex-pat English teachers.
This is an author with a restless soul, always in search of new cultural realities to immerse himself in, and his writings reflect that. Over his lifetime he has spent 14 years in Europe, living in such places as Berlin, Bucharest, Trieste and Paris. He feels that his experience as a native New Yorker trained him well to fit in, no matter what the unfamiliar setting. However, it is as a New Yorker that he always returns to this city for further inspiration. He presently lives on Staten Island, just above the harbor, where he is working on playwriting and on refining a series of memoir vignettes to be collected for publication. For him, writing is a slow process because every story has to be weighed and savored, forgotten, remembered and reread before it is ready to be told to another. For this reason, he always has, like the apocryphal unemployed film director, “several projects in various stages of development.”
World Footprints will present two powerful stories of survival from unlikely human trafficking victims and how they’re using their ordeals to support other victims and raise awareness about this elusive crime. We will also share the story of a former Peace Corp volunteer whose experience inspired the development of a new community-based adventure travel resource. Holly Smith is not what many think a human trafficking survivor would look like. She’s a blond American and was raised in a middle-class two parent home. But when Holly was only 14 years old she was taken from her home planted immediately into the sex trade. The trafficking incident was traumatic enough but Holly was also traumatized by the lack of support she received from law enforcement and social services after she escaped.
Stacy Jewel Lewis was a 19 year old student and aspiring actress when she was abducted by an elderly man who was working on behalf of traffickers. Only after Stacy’s trafficker was arrested two years later was she able to leave the sex trade and begin rebuilding her life. Today Stacy has returned to acting and playwriting where she uses theatrical performances to share her story and raise awareness about human trafficking.
Jack Fischl is a former Peace Corp volunteer who helped create a tourism initiative for a small village in Panama. Upon returning from his assignment, Jack was inspired to continue the work he started so he built a powerful online resource, Keteka.com, that connects the dots between socially conscious travelers and Peace Corp communities.
Corbin Bernsen is a graduate of UCLA where he earned a bachelors degree in Theater and a Masters degree in Playwriting, he currently stars as Henry Spencer on the USA Network’s hit original series PSYCH. He first rose to stardom in the hit NBC TV series, L.A. Law. He was nominated for both Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his performance as Arnie Becker on the show. Along the way he hosted Saturday Night Live, and guest starred on Seinfeld and Star Trek to name a few notable television appearances. In the feature film arena, he starred in the comedy Hello Again, followed by other critically acclaimed roles in Disorganized Crime, Wolfgang Peterson’s Shattered, The Great White Hype, and as the Cleveland Indians’ third baseman-turned-owner Roger Dorn in the extremely popular Major League series of films. Other film credits include Lay the Favorite with Bruce Willis and The Big Year with Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson. He also appeared with Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Recently, Bernsen has moved to the other side of the camera, directing the films Carpool Guy, Dead Air and Rust, which was distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment. With Rust, Bernsen shifted his focus to family friendly movies and formed Home Theater Films. 25 Hill, which he also wrote and directed, is the first title from his newly formed company and was distributed by EchoLight Studios in July 2012. This was followed by 3 Day Test, also released by EchoLight Studios, in November 2012. Currently Bernsen is in post-production on another project, Beyond the Heavens coming in Fall 2013. Bernsen lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 24 years actress Amanda Pays, and their four sons.
With strong encouragement from the composition professor to write, her college education began to change paths. Leisa focused her writing in the creative non-fiction genre as well as playwriting. She spent two of her college years learning Gaelic (with a twitching eye) and focusing on Irish authors Samuel Beckett and James Joyce-- including one semester working on The Gathering Project: A Collection of Irish Oral Histories. Leisa started her memoir Early Out, in an independent study course with the professor who originally encouraged her to write. She earned a B.A. in English, creative writing, and a minor in Irish studies in May of 2011 with her very proud family cheering her on.
With that major goal accomplished, Leisa began writing special interest stories online about Montana indie musicians with www.MakeItMissoula.com where her first story was published. From that job she received another, publishing an article about the Lou Erck family for the Montana Bluegrass Association, A Jamboree Family. The article was featured on Make It Missoula as well.
With her passion for indie artists growing, and a need for an author’s platform, she decided to build a website www.IndieItPress.com, which focuses on indie artists and hopefully gives back to other readers and artists as well. Some of her excerpts from Early Out can be found on Indie It Press.
Currently she continues to work on Early Out, work for a photography and publishing company, raise her daughter, and be a support for her two older sons, son-in-law, and father, as well as plan her upcoming wedding. Life for her is busy, full, and a gift.
Len Lamensdorf http://www.lenlamensdorf.com/ is an award-winning author of eight novels, three full-length plays, and one motion picture. A three-time Silberman Memorial Scholar and an honors graduate of the University of Chicago, Len studied playwriting at UCLA with Theatre Arts Department Chairman Kenneth Macgowan, founder of the world-famous Provincetown Players and the original producer of the plays of Eugene O’Neill. Lamensdorf also received his J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was Associate Editor/Managing Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review, and completed his post-graduate work at Harvard Law School. Len’s career in law and business spanned more than thirty years and he draws on his extensive travel experiences on five continents to create realistic settings for his work. Len’s first novel, Kane’s World, was published in hardcover by Simon & Schuster, in paperback by Dell, and translated into several languages. Delacorte published his next novel, In the Blood. His prize-winning Juvenile/ Young Adult Will to Conquer trilogy won the 2000 Gold Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction, an “Ippy,” the Independent Publisher’s Award as Best Juvenile/Young Adult Novel and named finalist for the ForeWord Magazine’s Book-of-the-Year Award. The Raging Dragon was named a “Children’s Choice 2003,” a program sponsored by the prestigious Children’s Book Council and the International Reading Association. Len is married, the father of two children, grandfather of six and lives in Westlake Village, California.
A graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School, Gordon Osmond is a retired Wall Street lawyer, a produced playwright, a published author, an online play and book critic, and a lecturer.
Osmond's plays have been professionally produced throughout the United States, where they have received rave reviews and many awards including First Prize in the John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Competition sponsored by the New England Theatre Conference.
Len Lamensdorf is an award-winning author of eight novels, three full-length plays, and one motion picture. A three-time Silberman Memorial Scholar and an honors graduate of the University of Chicago, Len studied playwriting at UCLA with Theatre Arts Department Chairman Kenneth Macgowan, founder of the world-famous Provincetown Players and the original producer of the plays of Eugene O’Neill.
Link: www. LenLamensdorf.com
Your host, William Powell welcomes "Lady Luck" a.k.a. Melanie MacQueen to the show to talk about her various projects including her work with the New One Act Theatre Ensemble, which she helped found, her work with the improv group, IMPROVETCETERA, her work as a playwright and how she got to play "Lady Luck" for the Virginia State Lotttery for over two decades.
Keith Josef Adkins' joins us to talk about a reading Monday, April 15, 2013, at LaMama Theatre of his The Patron Saint of Peanuts, first produced a play based on the life of George Washington Carver, commissioned and produced at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's Southern Writer's Project 2004). Other plays include Farewell Miss Cotton (Black Dahlia Theater February 2006), Crossing America (Mark Taper's New Works Festival 2005), Wilberforce (National Black Theater Festival 2005, Cleveland Public Theatre New Plays Festival, Hartford Stage New Voices). Honors include: Alliance Theater's August Wilsom Memorial Commission, Mark Taper Forum's Richard Sherwood Distinguished Emerging Theater Artist Award, two Best Play Awards at the Cleveland Public Theatre New Plays Festival (Wilberforce and On the Hills of Black America), a Van Lier Fellowship (New York Theater Workshop), and an EST/Sloan Science Foundation playwriting grant. http://www.playscripts.com/author?authorid=348#playdetails We close with cast and the director of The Expulsion of Malcolm X, Americ's world premiere at Southside Theatre in Ft. Mason Center, in San Francisco: DeJuan Conner (Malcolm X), Abbie Rhone (Elijah Muhammad), Michael Lange (director).
Diana Gould has written pilots, movies, episodes and mini-series for network and cable. She was writer-producer of “Dynasty,” executive story consultant on “Knots Landing,” created and produced “Berrengers.” Her script for the TV-Movie, “I Love You – Good-bye” won the Population Institute Award, and she served on the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America. Her short story “The Monkey’s Daughter” was nominated for the James Kirkwood Award at UCLA’s Writing Program. She received an MFA in fiction from Bennington, has taught fiction, screen and playwriting in the MFA program at Goddard, and coaches writers privately. Coldwater is her first novel.
Additionally, she is a trained facilitator for the Vipassana Support Institute, was certified as a Community Dharma Leader through Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and completed Buddhist Chaplaincy training at the Sati Center. She works as a spiritual care volunteer with Vitas hospice, and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2011. She teaches at InsightLA, a mindfulness meditation center in Los Angeles, and is the guiding teacher of Dharma Alliance, the LGBTQ group at InsightLA.
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