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The 29-Hour Podcast

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

#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.

We're kicking off Season Two by talking to writer Sarah Hammond about vision boards, choosing your words in the face of very good news, and irrational behavior from famously rational historical figures.

In this week's mini-episode slash season finale, Sam and Julia talk to each other about how they met, compare their relationship to a tree, and take stock of how this whole podcast thing is going. 

This week we talk to actor and writer Lynne Marie Rosenberg about going on dates with a language acquisition robot, representation in casting, and what a year without Shakespeare would look like.

This week we talk to writer and actor Jeff Talbott about becoming an "instant playwright", how to approach starting a new piece, and how little it costs to be kind.

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