NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Episode 15 – Acting and playwriting in NEPA and founding Scranton’s first Fringe Festival
Professionally recorded every Monday at The Stude in TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton and released exclusively on nepascene.com every Tuesday, the NEPA Scene Podcast is a free supplement to the website, expanding on the arts and entertainment stories covered on the site and going beyond them to discuss other news and entertainment topics.
Each week, the unedited and uncensored podcast features Rich Howells, NEPA Scene founder and editor; Mark Dennebaum, president and owner of TwentyFiveEight Studios; Lauren Quirolgico, commercial and content strategist at Lavelle Strategy Group and editor at TwentyFiveEight; and in the control room, Jimmy Reynolds, a musician, teacher, and lead audio engineer at TwentyFiveEight. Every episode streams on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and nepascene.com.
In Episode 15, we chat with actor and playwright Conor O’Brien about founding the Scranton Fringe Festival, a brand new four-day event coming to the area in the fall that will feature all types of performance artists across multiple venues. The former co-director of The Vintage Theater discusses the Scottish origins and local details of the festival, along with what it is like to act and direct in one of the most notoriously tough cities in the country for live theater. The winners of this year’s Oscars are also debated, and we discuss taking “The Darling Core,” an original play co-created by O’Brien, to New York City.
In the Last Word segment, we respond one last time to a pesky comment troll and end with some much more positive interaction with readers commenting on the Oscars and controversial comedian Daniel Tosh’s upcoming Wilkes-Barre appearance.
Artists looking to perform in the Scranton Fringe Festival can learn more about the application process here.
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