The Cleveland Stage Podcast 0210: Goodbye to Intern Lily and 2018-19 Preview

This week, Tyler and Ian say goodbye to Lily, who was Ensemble's intern the past few weeks. They discuss the prospects for a young student venturing into higher education theater, and whether or not the Broadway production of Aladdin is worth it.

Tyler and Ian then get into some of the plays that will be part of Ensemble's upcoming season, "The Future is Bright," including Kenneth Jones' Alabama Story, Eugene O'Neill's Moon for the Misbegotten, Lorraine Hansberry's Raisin in the Sun, and the new play from Cleveland playwright David Hansen, The Way I Danced With You, as part of the Annual Colombi New Plays Festival.

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The Cleveland Stage Podcast 0209: AIDS Clinical Trials Unit of Cleveland

This week Tyler goes it alone and visits with our friends and production sponsors at the CRWU AIDS Clinical Trials Unit in Cleveland to speak with Brooke Willis (Community Educator), Bob Bucklew Jr. (Outreach Coordinator), and Ann Conrad (Nurse Practitioner). The group discuss the advancements in HIV/AIDS testing & treatment and how the community can help bring awareness to the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS. All this with Ensemble's production of "Angels in America: Perestroika" running April 27 - May 20.


Both parts of Ensemble Theatre's 'Angels in America' and surrounding programs are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.  

You can reach the Clinical Trials Unit via: / 216-844-4444 /

You can also find them on Facebook and follow them on the Twitter at @CLEHIVTrials.

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The Cleveland Stage Podcast 0208 #Bracket Finals, Round-up

In this episode, Tyler and Ian finish up the #AmericanPlaysBracket Challenge wherein their 64-play bracket gets down to the final two. You can vote by following @EnsembleCLE on Twitter. August Scarpelli also joins the show to discuss Angels in America: Perestroika opening at Ensemble April 27, the trials Tony Kushner went through writing the play, Tyler misquotes George C. Wolfe (it was actually Oscar Eustis who said it), the guys do a shot every time Celeste says "oligarchy", and boy kicks a soccer ball against the door. Also this week, the Cleveland Stage Cleveland Round-up (music) of plays in the area including CPT, Play House, Western Reserve Playhouse, and more.

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The Cleveland Stage Podcast 0207 #AmericanPlaysBracket Challenge: Sweet 16

Tyler & Ian discuss the Sweet 16 round of their #AmericanPlaysBracket Challenge and whether or not Ian would actually ever vote for "Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" They also discuss other things that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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The Cleveland Stage Podcast 0206: #AmericanPlaysBracket, Round 2

Tyler and Ian invite Celeste, Ensemble Executive Artistic Director, to discuss the 2nd Round of their #AmericanPlaysBracket Challenge in celebration of #MarchMadness. The plays are now down to 32 and the random seeding has brought about some unfortunate matchups. They discuss the great plays, plays that didn't make it out of Round One, and everyone's hate for "August: Osage County."
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The Cleveland Stage Podcast 0205 #AmericanPlaysBracket, Part II

Tyler and Ian continue their walk into the rabbit hole of the #AmericanPlaysBracket wherein they put forth 64 American classics (and some not so much - sorry, Tyler) for folks to vote on as their favorite play. The final 32 of 64 are introduced here in probably the most diverse section of the bracket lending to some of the toughest decisions. Becca Jean returns to the podcast to provide some intelligence to the conversation, and the group decide that maybe the "random seed generator" thing Tyler used for the seeding/pairing is demonic and is the first step to us living in a "Terminator" world.

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The Cleveland Stage Podcast 0204: #AmericanPlaysBracket

Tyler and Ian talk about their 64-play American Play Bracket Challenge wherein followers can vote for their favorite American plays. Including plays by some of the greats like August Wilson, Tennessee Williams, Eugene O'Neill, Suzan-Lori Parks, and one of Tyler's plays for reasons we can't fathom. Surely some plays didn't make the cut, and others maybe should not have made the cut (no offense, Tyler), but it's a bracket of plays so stop taking life so seriously.

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The Cleveland Stage Podcast 0203: "Designing for the Stage"

Tyler and Ian talk with stage designer Walter Boswell about his experience designing for new plays and classic plays, including working on Ensemble Theatre's upcoming #newplay Mama / Moon as part of the 7th Annual Colombi New Plays Festival running March 9 - March 25. Ensemble Technical Director August Scarpelli also returns to provide insight into the tech side of working on new plays and also acting in them as he plays Harry Nilsson in the play. The group also discuss what's really important when writing stage design for plays and give advice for playwrights.

Mama / Moon opens March 9 and is part of the Annual Colombi New Plays Festival with readings of new plays by area writers as part of the month-long series of events.

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The Cleveland Stage Podcast 0202 "AIDS in the New Millennium"

Tyler and Ian talk with Justin Kilduf and Misha Singh from Case Western Reserve University's Graduate Nursing Program. Misha currently serves as a sexual health education lead serving youth at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Justice Center. She also works as a recovery room medical assistant at Preterm - a local clinic offering abortion, reproductive, and queer health services. Justin serves as clinical coordinator for Case Western Reserve's student-run health clinic held bi-monthly at Circle Health services and located in the eastern end of University Circle in Cleveland. The clinic offers STD treatment, education, and management as well as a wide variety of social support services. The group discuss how AIDS awareness still wanes even as advances are made in the treatment and diagnosis of HIV.



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The Cleveland Stage Podcast #0201: Season Two Premiere w/ "Angels in America, Pt. 1"

It's a new season for The Cleveland Stage Podcast and Tyler & Ian bring on Becca Moseley to discuss the new year and "Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches" which just opened at Ensemble Theatre and is running through January 28. "Part Two: Perestroika" running April 27 - May 20.

The gang also welcome new 2018 Media Sponsor Fogg Properties who can be visited at as well as CSP co-sponsor Discount Home Improvement in Grand Rapids & Muskegon. You can find DHI at

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The Cleveland Stage Podcast #0113 w/ Actress Ines Joris of "Angels in America"

In this episode - from the offices of Ensemble Theatre - Tyler Whidden and Ian Hinz speak with Ines Joris from Spain on playing the Angel in Ensemble's upcoming "Angels in America, Parts One & Two." Ines has lived all over the world and talks about performing from London, England to Oxford, Mississippi. We also discuss how important "Angels" is today, given the current political climate, and just what is wrong with Portugal.


The Cleveland Stage Podcast #0112: The Hairy Ape Opening Night w/ Actor James Rankin

In this episode, Tyler and Ian discuss the opening of Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape opening Friday November 17 at Ensemble. And, Tyler talks with actor James Rankin about working on Hairy Ape with Ian ... while Ian is away doing Directory stuff.

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The Cleveland Stage Podcast #0111: The Lake Effect w/ Director Celeste Cosentino

This week on CSP, Tyler and Ian talk with Ensemble Artistic Director Celeste Cosentino who is directing Karamu's co-production of Rajiv Joseph's The Lake Effect playing through November 26 at Karamu. Tickets are available by calling Karamu or visiting Tyler and Ian also discuss some of the plays going on in Cleveland, while Tyler sings a few of his favorite Broadway songs.

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The Cleveland Stage Podcast #0109: Late October Cleveland Stage Round-up, Netflix and the writing biz.

This week on CSP, Tyler and Ian discuss some great plays going on in Cleveland theaters including Dobama, Cleveland Public Theatre, French Creek, Chagrin Valley Little Theater, Beck Center, Blank Canvas, Theatre Ninjas, et all. They also discuss the jump writers are making from theater to television and the effect Netflix is having on how we get our ntertainment.

The Cleveland Stage Podcast #0108: Stagewrights' Workshop and "Mama/Moon" by Tom Frattare

In this episode Tyler and Ian discuss Stagewrights' Workshop member Tom Frattare's  "Mama/Moon" with the playwright and Ensemble General Manager Becca Moseley. Get a behind the scenes look at new play development at Ensemble, why Philip Seymour Hoffman partly inspired this new work about Mama Cass and Keith Moon, the cost of fame and addiction in Rock n' Roll, and if nudity works on stage.

The Cleveland Stage Podcast #0107: A Conversation with Cleveland Actress Laura Starnick

In this episode Tyler and Ian talk with Cleveland actress Laura Starnick about acting, "getting well", playing Anne in the smash hit "Well" by Lisa Kron and why "it's my grabber" is hilarious line.

The Cleveland Stage Podcast #0106: Shahrazad Theatre and the Caucasian Chalk Circle

In this most recent episode (6th installment) of The Cleveland Stage Podcast Tyler and Ian talk to the founders of Shahrazad Theatre Company about the need for more immersive theatre, founding their own theatre, and the upcoming premiere of their new adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's "The Caucasian Chalk Circle".

The Cleveland Stage Podcast #0105 "Well" actors Brian Kenneth Armour and April Needham

In the fifth installment of the Cleveland Stage Podcast, Tyler & Ian talk Lisa Kron's Well, in production at Ensemble Theatre, with two of the stars of the show, Brian Kenneth Armour and April Needham. Brian and April are two of the four ensemble members of the cast, playing themselves & several characters in the play directed by Celeste Cosentino.