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NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Diva Productions, Scranton theatre, and ‘The Lion in Winter’

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Diva Productions, Scranton theatre, and ‘The Lion in Winter’
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Professionally recorded every Monday at The Stude in TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton and released exclusively on 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; and Lauren Quirolgico, commercial and content strategist at Lavelle Strategy Group and editor at TwentyFiveEight. Every episode streams on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and

In Episode 39, we are joined by Diva Productions Artistic and Managing Director Paige Balitski and Technical Director Bob Balitski, along with Helen Lavelle, CEO and chief creative officer of Lavelle Strategy Group, to discuss theatre in Scranton and Diva’s latest production, “The Lion in Winter,” before their rehearsal later that night. We talk about Diva’s original location and movement from place to place before settling at the Olde Brick Theatre in North Scranton, Helen’s creative consulting and her role as an actress in “The Lion in Winter,” the play’s historical figures and how the show transcends this setting to reach modern audiences, collaborating with all types of artists at the theater, supporting original work by local playwrights and nurturing artists, taking chances on unconventional shows, working with an unpredictable live audience, what Diva will open with in 2016, and why the community of Northeastern Pennsylvania is so creative.

Directed by Paul J. Gallo, “The Lion in Winter” opens at the Olde Brick Theatre (126 W. Market St., Scranton) on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. and runs Dec. 4, 11, and 12 at 8 p.m., Dec. 5 at 4 p.m., and Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Call 570- 209-7766 to make reservations in advance.

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