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The 29-Hour Podcast

Conversations with theater actors, writers and directors hosted by Sam Heldt and Julia Meinwald.

This week we talk with director Tom Costello about the myth of a secret code within the theatre industry, fear of doing things wrong, and why being an actor might not necessarily make you a better mafia player.

This week we talk with writers Amy Burgess and Sara Cooper about using all five senses in the theatre, the evolving experience of seeing a show multiple times, and our recent production of Elevator Heart.

This week we talk with director Rachel Dart about imprinting on celebrities, different ways to go about casting a frat boy with a heart of gold, and the best way to answer questions about "what's going on next with you?"

This week we talk with music director and orchestrator Matt Castle about his super powers when teaching music, his process in re-orchestrating Into The Woods, and the futility in pressuring a guy's voice to be there when it just isn't.

#26: Eli Bolin

This week we talk to composer Eli Bolin about setting found text to music, writing songs for Sesame Street, and the ephemerality of kids' memories.

This week we talk with performer John-Andrew Morrison about growing up in Jamaica, feeling like you don't tick the right boxes as an actor, and being mercifully dismissed from dance calls.

This week we talk to performer and director Rachel Flynn about why we feel at home in musicals, eating cookies and getting naked onstage, and why looking up from your phone isn't all it's cracked up to be.

This week we talk with performer and writer Eric William Morris about premeditated face grabs, how reviews train audiences to watch a show, and giving yourself the grace of a beginner.

This week we talk with writer and performer Grace McLean about what you learn doing a single role hundreds of times over the course of three years, declining to sing dirty songs about Alan Rickman when overseas, and the multiverse in which Grace is a speech pathologist in Canada.

This week we talk with writer Sam Salmond about how to stand up for yourself without being seen as a diva, writing from (very) personal experience, and our collective adoration of Bill Finn.

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