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The Queen’s Theatre in The Palace of Versailles

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A great lover of the dramatic arts, Marie-Antoinette eventually grew tired of the temporary stages knocked together for performances in the gallery of the Grand Trianon and the orangery of the Petit Trianon. Once she had decided to commission her personal architect Richard Mique to build her a real theatre, work was completed in spring 1780, and the official inauguration was on 1 June. 

Actors and Superstitions (encore episode)

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This is a re-run of an earlier podcast about actors and our amusing superstitions. 

Theatre in Paris (theatreinparis.com)

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Today we talk about French theatre and in particular, a theatre company in France called Theatre in Paris (theatreinparis.com). They have come up with a way for English speakers to enjoy live theatre in France! We also take a look at the Tour de France - a real life drama. 

Thespis and Movie Stars

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Today we take a look at the origins of the word "thespian", and we talk about some of the greatest thespians of our day. 

Episode 19 - Managing Rejection in the Audition Room

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Today we take a look at an actor's main job: auditioning, and how to deal with rejection. Bryan Cranston explains how you can turn rejection into motivation. 

Episode 18 - Rachel Bakker

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We’ve got a special guest today - Rachel Bakker. Rachel is a San Francisco Bay Area based theatre artist. Rachel graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in theatre. She’s on the Board of Directors of City Lights Theatre in San Jose and is the New Works Program Manager at City Lights. This program culminates in an annual new works festival called Lights Up! 

Episode 17 - Potpourri

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This week Ray talks a little Tony Awards, a little Kevin Spacey, a little Laurie Metcalf along with some Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway fun. 

Episode 16 - Christian Haines (Part 2)

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Christian is the founding Artistic Director of AmiosNYC and the Producing Artistic Director of ShotzSF. He has been seen in Value Over Replacement (TBA Award for Featured Actor), Romeo & Juliet, Miss Julie, Death of a Salesman, Aloysius in New York, The Affair, Escape from Roosevelt Island, Bartleby the Scrivener, Cloud 9, Macbeth, King John, 5th of July, This is Our Youth, The Altruists, Murder, Woyzeck, Snake in Fridge, Richard III, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Trip to Bountiful and dozens more. Directing credits include: The Guys (The Pear), Boeing Boeing (RVP), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Tides), A Message (Arabian Shakespeare Festival), Heroes and Other Strangers (Best of Fringe NYC), Strictly Convenience (Fourfold Productions), Icarus' Mother (Actors Theatre of San Francisco) and a bunch of Shotz plays. Ensemble creations include Brundibar (The Actors Center), Aloyisius in New York (Amios), Woyzeck, Three Weekends in June, and Water Freezes Hexagonally or the Five Star Hotel (Wits End). He holds an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory. 

Episode 15 - Christian Haines (Part 1)

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Christian is the founding Artistic Director of AmiosNYC and the Producing Artistic Director of ShotzSF. He has been seen in Value Over Replacement (TBA Award for Featured Actor), Romeo & Juliet, Miss Julie, Death of a Salesman, Aloysius in New York, The Affair, Escape from Roosevelt Island, Bartleby the Scrivener, Cloud 9, Macbeth, King John, 5th of July, This is Our Youth, The Altruists, Murder, Woyzeck, Snake in Fridge, Richard III, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Trip to Bountiful and dozens more. Directing credits include: The Guys (The Pear), Boeing Boeing (RVP), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Tides), A Message (Arabian Shakespeare Festival), Heroes and Other Strangers (Best of Fringe NYC), Strictly Convenience (Fourfold Productions), Icarus' Mother (Actors Theatre of San Francisco) and a bunch of Shotz plays. Ensemble creations include Brundibar (The Actors Center), Aloyisius in New York (Amios), Woyzeck, Three Weekends in June, and Water Freezes Hexagonally or the Five Star Hotel (Wits End). He holds an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory. 

Episode 14 - When Your Friends Become Famous

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As a performer, eventually, some of your friends become famous. The ins and outs of dealing with famous friends. Hint: we're all human beings and nothing more.