[image-1]Even a sick webmistress can’t keep us down! The HTML brains behind the SpoletoBuzz Blog and Podcasts, Caitlin Cahill, has been in and out of the doc’s office since Saturday — and she swears it’s not a hangover. Even so, she’s managed to post two more of our podcasts for your listening pleasure. What a trooper.
In episode no. 2, I chat with PURE Theatre founders Rodney Rogers and Sharon Graci, who are joined by acting ensemble member David Mandel. PURE is a new performance venue for Piccolo this year, and they’re presenting two of their own plays in their blackbox space at the Cigar Factory, and also hosting a production of Suzan-Lori Park’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog, from a Columbia-based company calling itself NiA. Rogers performs in the one person play Underneath the Lintel, and Mandel — whom many may recall earned CP readers’ choice for Best Actor in our Best of Charleston 2006 issue last March — is one half of the provocative, cloning-themed A Number.
In Episode 3, my guest is John Kennedy, multi-talented host (as well as composer and performer) of Spoleto’s eclectic Music in Time series and overall wrangler of the 102-member Spoleto Festival Orchestra, which he culls each January and February from young musicians across the globe. John provides great insight into this year’s four part series of experimental and au courant music, and an insider’s look at how the very talented SFO operates during the festival.
Wednesday’s interview: Steve Rosenberg, chair of the College of Charleston music department, coordinator of Piccolo’s Early Music Series, and performer in early music ensemble Charleston Pro Musica. Steve’s a passionate, entertaining advocate of early, Renaissance, and Baroque music who can play just about any woodwind instrument you’ve ever heard of, plus several dozen more you haven’t. He’s even a skilled hand on a guitar, as you’ll find out.