This coming weekend two of my friends are opening in two different plays in Baltimore.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned here before that years ago I was occasionally active in community theater, in several roles. I’ve been stage-mom several times. I’ve worked as stage manager (well, technically), lightboards, stage mom, santa-stripper, you name it. I’ve made connections in the OutOftheBlackBox Theatre and the Rude Mechanicals. As it happens, I didn’t meet either of these particular friends through my own community theater connections, I guess it’s more or less a ‘small world’ sort of thing.
One of them is playing Motormouth Mabellle in the Purple Light Theatre Company’s production of Hairspray (note to self – go back and update that link when it’s no longer the ‘current production’). The other is playing Falstaff in the Baltimore Shakespears Factory’s all female production of Henry IV, Part One. I’m very excited for both of them, and can’t wait to watch them perform.
Now, I’ve seen Hairspray before, both the original film and the movie musical version. I have to admit, though, that I’ve never actually seen Henry IV. So I did what any supportive friend would do:
I tracked down the Chop Bard episodes dedicated to the play.
Of course, then I realize that it’s been a long time since I’ve given some link love to podcasts I listen to. So here are some quality podcasts, which are independently produced and still small enough that they might actually be helped by a little old fashioned name checking…
Chop Bard: Reminding us again and again that Shakespeare is not literature. They’re plays, and they’re fun, not scary. I found it through Craftlit.
Craftlit: Heather does deal with actual literature, and it’s also fun, not scary. Also crafts. I don’t remember how I actually came across this one, but I’ve been listening to her (and occasionally corresponding) for so long that I feel as though I actually know her.
Escape Artists Podcasts: I started listening to Escape Pod waaaay back. I mean before iTunes was a thing way back. Great science fiction stories for fans, a pro-paying market for writers. Now it’s been joined by Pseudopod and Podcastle, which do the same things for horror and fantasy literature respectively.
My History Can Beat Up Your Politics: We don’t have to be doomed to repeat it…
Knitting Pipeline: Knitting, nature, bagpipes, who could ask for anything more?
Prometheus Radio Theatre: Steve Wilson went to high school with my husband, so I’ve heard some interesting back story about the Traveller campaign where some of the Arbiters characters came from initially. They’d be more than worth listening to even if I had not, though.
So how about you? Any particular, non professionally backed, podcasts which could benefit from a little bit of shout-out love? Any podcasts (or obscure procasts) you think I might enjoy? I’d appreciate hearing about them, so please do comment.