Matt Boyle presents: The Play’s the Thing
Dramatic readings of 10 minute plays followed by interviews with the playwright and the actors about the piece, the state of the theater, their own body of work, their lives and loves, life in general, and whatever else we want to talk about! Sit back, close your eyes, enter into the world of the play and then continue to listen and hear the people behind the play!
The Play's the Thing podcast Episode 11
Donna Hoke's American Deal.  Starring Ben Michael Moran and Dudney Joseph.  Special in-studio guest, Charmagne Chi. AMERICAN DEAL: Clive Jenkins. White. Married. A father. A writer with an MFA. An addict. A man who, sixteen years ago, gunned down a stranger, and still can’t figure out why. Clive’s most successful attempts to examine his life come when he puts pen to paper, pouring out his demons in stories he sends to his wife. Now, he’s got a chance at parole, and a six-figure book deal that might help him get it—if he can prove that he’s a changed man. After one "bad day," Clive thought he'd spend the rest of his life behind bars, but now he's been offered an AMERICAN DEAL. Or maybe that’s what his life has already been.
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The Play's the Thing podcast Episode 12
Donna Hoke's American Deal.  Starring Ben Michael Moran and Dudney Joseph.  Special in-studio guest, Charmagne Chi. (Continued) Jail visitors' room scene with Clive Jenkins and a member of his victim's family.
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3/18/18 The Play’s the Thing Podcast Episode 10
Justin Karcher’s Just Because You've Been Hospitalized for Depression Doesn't Mean You're Kanye West. ”My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is the first part of my poetry chapbook Just Because You've Been Hospitalized for Depression Doesn't Mean You're Kanye West (Ghost City Press, 2017), and had a staged reading at Road Less Traveled this past November to much acclaim. A young man wakes up from a bender...or maybe from a dream...or maybe he died and has come back to life. Rip Van Winkle set in the opioid age.”  Actor: Tom Dreitlein.
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3/18/18 The Play’s the Thing Podcast Episode 9
Justin Karcher’sLast of the Sensitive Bastards: Exploring Toxic Masculinity in One Act
An angry (and frequently inebriated) young poet decides that the only way to transcend the deterioration of his hometown is to self-destruct even faster and more spectacularly. A pitch-black “romantic comedy”—like Bukowski and the Beats doing Buffalo. Last of the Sensitive Bastards first premiered in November 2010 in Buffalo, NY. It was produced by Theater Jugend and directed by Drew McCabe. Voice actors:  Justin Karcher and Tom Dreitlein.
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2/18/18 The Play's the thing podcast episode #8
Mark C. LLoyd's "I'm Not Sure" Starring Daniel Greer and Tammy Catalano. An absurd Play. What's it about? I'm not really sure.
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2/18/18 The Play's the thing podcast episode #7
Mark C. LLoyd's " ... It's Loves Illusions" Starring Daniel Greer and Tammy Catalano. Love lost meets in a dream.
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2/18/18 The Play's the Thing Podcast Episode #6
J. Snodgrass' The Zeus is Hungry. Starring Peter Snodgrass as Zeus and Amy Feder as Demeter. Enraged by the abduction of her daughter, the Greek grain-goddess Demeter causes crop-failure throughout the land. The storm god Zeus shows up and commands her to reactivate food growth, so that he can be celebrated at a harvest festival.
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2/18/18 The Play's the Thing Podcast Episode #5
J. Snodgrass' Love Gerald. Starring Sarah Snodgrass as Sherry and Maggie Boyle as Rachel. While they await the bus on the first day of fourth grade, Sherry tells Rachel about the new religious movement she has joined over the summer.
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1/27/18 #1--Bella Poynton's The Offer
Space program cutbacks lead to layoffs and Grace, an engineer and particle physicist, finds herself out of work and being overqualified for almost every thinking jobs in the mainstream U.S. economy, when reinstated in her chosen field she suddenly finds herself being given a unique offer. Bella Poynton’s thought provoking drama stars Buffalo film and stage actress, Kathryn Schneider and veteran Buffalo stage actor, Dan Greer.
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1/27/18 #2--Bella Poynton's Cheat
Are you more than what your SAT scores say you are? Cheat by playwright Bella Poynton poses the question of just how far a person would go to improve their SAT scores and change their career and life trajectory. Reading her play with actress Kathryn Schneider, Bella also discusses life, her work, the inspiration for this piece and so much more with host, Matt Boyle and special in-studio guest Dan Greer.
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1/27/18 #3--Michael Fanelli's It's a Wonderful Life: The Hangover 
What happens in the twisted universe where the movie worlds of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Harvey” collide?  Playwright Michael Fanelli’s play,  It’s a Wonderful Life: The Hangover, provides his own answer to this musing as a booze-soaked whirlwind mash-up of characters masterfully performed by two of Buffalo best stage actors, Tim Joyce and Stephanie Bax play a cast of dozens!
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1/27/18 #4--Michael Fanelli's Joe
In Joe, a pilgrim's search for death ends in the basement of the Buffalo Historical Museum where four ridiculous artifacts assemble to confront him with his fate during the October Surprise blizzard. Tim Joyce as Joe and Stephanie Bax as the Voice of the Entity.
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