Episode 46 - Randy Weiner, producer of Sleep No More and The Box

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On this week's episode, Josh and Lyndsay share more great news from Miss Behave Game Show, unrest with Big Apple Circus and Lincoln Center, and tease the upcoming Future of Storytelling Festival in NYC. They also sit down for an interview with theater producer and entrepreneur Randy Weiner. To name just a few, Randy's productions include the Donkey Show, The Box, Sleep No More, Queen of The Night, Seeing You and Cirque Du Soleil's Amaluna. If you enjoy the episode please share it with your friends and rate us on iTunes. Have a great week!

  • [12:10] - Growing up in New York City in the 70s
  • [20:33] - How Randy met his wife Diane Paulus in high school
  • [26:52] - Randy's first hit, a hip hop musical called Club XII
  • [37:57] - Back to NYC with the Donkey Show
  • [43:51] - Origins of The Box
  • [49:39] - Bringing Sleep No More to NYC
  • [54:23] - Josh & Lyndsay's Queen of the Night bad date story
  • [1:02:24] - Randy's creation process

Episode 45 - Nat Brown, circus tent expert and Smirkus tent boss

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On this week's episode, Josh and Lyndsay talk about the 30th anniversary tour of Circus Smirkus, their Las Vegas show the Miss Behave Game Show, and the latest news on their virtual reality circus experience. They also sit down for an interview with Nat Brown, the highly regarded circus tent expert who's worked with Circus Smirkus, Big Apple Circus, Cirque Du Soleil, Cavalia, and many more. If you've ever been curious about how tents are set up and made, then this episode is for you. If you enjoy today's show please share it with your friends and rate us on iTunes. Have a great week!

  • [14:28] Nat's start with Smirkus's tent crew
  • [18:15] How do circus tents gets raised? And who does it?
  • [23:20] The differences between raising a small tent vs a large tent like Cirque Du Soleil
  • [27:21] Repairing broken tents and Nat's favorite 'horror' story
  • [32:40] Who makes the best tents?
  • [36:12] Nat's beautiful new tent, Charlotte
  • [42:05] How to run away with tent crew

Nat's crewing company: crewthat.com

Episode 44 - Cory Tabino, artistic director of Circus Maine

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On this week's episode Josh and Lyndsay talk about the good news from the New England Center for Circus Arts, the bad news from Harvard University's acting program, some changes happening at Ecole Nationale De Cirque, and a new musical podcast. They also sit down the Cory Tabino, the artistic director of Circus Maine to discuss his career and the new school he's started in Portland. If you enjoy the episode please share it with your friends and rate us on iTunes. Have a great week!

  • [16:06] Growing up in Staten Island
  • [20:40] Dropping out of ENC in the 90's
  • [25:45] Touring with Saltimbanco and a generation of artists
  • [29:38] Teaching around the world
  • [35:40] The story of Circus Maine

Episode 43 - What is going on with NECCA?

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On this week's episode, Josh and Lyndsay dive deep into the current drama happening in Brattleboro, Vermont with the New England Center for Circus Arts. They also discuss Cirque Du Soleil's acquisition of Blue Man Group, a new show from Spiegelworld and Steven Hoggett, Hideaway Circus's new show in Las Vegas: Miss Behave Game Show, and the changing demographics within the American circus community. If you like the episode, please rate the podcast iTunes and share it with you friends. Have a great week!

Change.org petition for NECCA

Episode 42- Tony Award and Olivier Award Winning: The Play That Goes Wrong with Rob Falconer and Greg Tannahill

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On this week's episode, Josh and Lyndsay talk about a new show from Cirkus Cirkor, new regulations about exotic animals in NYC, and sit down for an interview with Rob Falconer and Greg Tannahill, cast members in the Tony Award winning show The Play That Goes Wrong. They talk about the creation and running of the Broadway show, devising comedy work with an ensemble, how it played it different countries, and much, much more. If you enjoy today's episode, please rate us on iTunes and share the podcast with your friends!

  • [14:35] What is the Play That Goes Wrong?
  • [23:36] The creation the show
  • [29:35] The growth of Mischief Theater company
  • [34:48] Difference between Broadway and the West End
  • [44:35] Designing the set of the Play That Goes Wrong
  • [52:13] The future of the production

Episode 41 - Peter Bufano, circus composer and clown

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On this week's episode, Josh and Lyndsay recount their evening at the final performance of Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus, a new magic show at Atlantic Theater, and some casting news from Big Apple Circus. They also sit down with the very talented circus composer and clown Peter Bufano to talk about his career and writing music for the circus. Peter even takes a part one of his latest tracks and explains how he wrote it. If you enjoy the episode, please rate us on iTunes and share the podcast with your friends!

[16:00] - Growing up in New England

[19:10] - Torn between being a musician and a clown

[27:21] - Auditioning for Ringling Bros

[32:18] - Differences between composing for circus and for film

[38:48] - Peter on finding his sounds and styles

[45:18] - Peter Song Explodes 'The Romantic'

[58:33] - Reflecting on the end of Ringling Bros

Peter's latest Cirkestra album online and on Spotify. Peter's podcast online and on iTunes.

Episode 40 - Lea Toran Jenner, circus artist and YouTube vlogger

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On this week's episode, Josh and Lyndsay talk about the final performances of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, their latest updates on the virtual reality Kickstarter campaign, lessons circus artists can take from playwright collectives, and finally Josh interviews circus artist and vlogger, Lea Toran Jenner. Lea and her partner are currently performing a duo cyr wheel act at the Moulin Rouge, she previously won a bronze medal at the Cirque De Demain Festival in Paris, and she creates daily Youtube videos about her day to day life. If you enjoy the episode please share it with your friends and rate us on iTunes. Have a great week!

  • [12:07] Discovering a passion for circus
  • [14:20] Switching disciplines in circus school
  • [17:22] Finding work after the Paris festival
  • [23:00] Working at the Moulin Rouge
  • [26:01] Going to film school during the day
  • [32:31] The #1 question all circus performers get asked

David Lewis Hammarstom's new book on the history of Ringling

Tickets to the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus: Cardboard and Ducktape Spectacular

Episode 39 - Elsie Smith, co-founder of the New England Center for Circus Arts

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On this week's episode, Josh and Lyndsay talk about Cuisine and Confessions, Circus 1903, a compelling theory about Disney and Ringling Brothers, and sit down for an interview with the co-founder of the New England Center for Circus Arts, Elsie Smith. They also talk about Elsie's time in San Francisco, being on tour with Saltimbanco, and of course the journey of creating America's longest running professional circus training program. If you enjoy the episode please like us on Facebook and rate the podcast on iTunes. Have a great week! 

  • [16:12] Growing up 'in the middle of nowhere'
  • [25:45] Heading to San Francisco, the Pickles, and SF Circus Center
  • [29:36] On tour with Cirque Du Soleil's Saltimbanco
  • [35:00] Moving to Vermont and starting Nimble Arts
  • [38:50] Growing NECCA and their new professional training program
  • [46:07] NECCA's current fundraising campaign
  • [51:14] On creating new acts and new apparatuses

Did Disney Kill the Circus? 

New England Center for Circus Arts Indiegogo Campaign