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CCP Ep 8 - Miles Anderson

Length: 59s

Miles Anderson is an internationally acclaimed actor of film, television, theatre and radio. Born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Miles has been acting for many years, moving from the UK to the US in 2008. In the US, he has appeared in television including Criminal Minds, film including Bollywood star, Kamal Hassan's Vishwaroopam (release date 2012), and three highly successful theatre seasons at the Old Globe San Diego in their Shakespeare Festivals of 2010, 2011 and 2013 under the directorship of Adrian Noble. For his performance as King George in The Madness of George III in 2010, he was awarded the Craig Noel San Diego Critics' Circle Award for Best Actor in a Lead. His 2011 performance as Salieri in  Amadeus garnered critical superlatives and his Prospero in The Tempest again secured him the nomination for Best Actor by the San Diego Critics' Circle. In 2013 he again won the San Diego Critics Circle Award for his Outstanding Performance of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice.

In the UK, Miles is perhaps best known for his television appearances as Colonel Aidan Dempsey in ITV’s Ultimate Force,  Roger O’Neill in the award-winning House of Cards, Terry Fox in BBC’s Holby City and Colonel Dan Fortune in the hit series Soldier, Soldier. His stage appearances in the West End and for the Royal Shakespeare Company have won him acclaim with, amongst others, The Witch of Edmonton, The Twin Rivals, Macbeth, The Weir, Oliver! and Twelfth Night. He was awarded three British Drama Awards in his first season at Stratford. His work with directors including Richard Attenborough, Trevor Nunn, Adrian Noble, Max Stafford-Clark, Sam Mendes, Paul Seed, John Caird and Dominic Cooke – as well as actors including Peter Ustinov, Judi Dench, Kevin Kline, Denzel Washington, Simon Russell-Beale, Zoe Wanamaker, Harriet Walter, Juliet Stevenson, Richard Griffiths, Jean-Claude Van Damme – has established Miles internationally as an actor of immense versatility, notability and popularity.

Miles is the proud father of two highly successful sons - actor, Joe Anderson (The River, The Grey,  Across the Universe, Amelia, Control, The Crazies, Hercules) and world champion street boarder and chef, Max (currently at Le Petit Nantais in Hampton Court, UK). Miles lives in Los Angeles with wife, internationally acclaimed actor-trainer, singer, writer and actress, Bella Merlin (www.bellamerlin.com).


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CCP Ep 7 - Kristina Leach

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For Episode 7 Chuck sits down with South Coast Repertory Literary Associate Kristina Leach to talk about what it is that a literary associate does, the inner workings of a busy theatrical literary department, and what it means to be "struck by lightning". Along the way the conversation touches on playwriting, finding inspiration, and getting back "in the room". From her first assignment of picking up Richard Greenberg from LAX to the adult playwriting class she currently teaches at SCR's Adult Conseratory, Kristina has a deep passion for the work and a ton of brilliant insights into the creative process that make this a must-listen for theatre professionals and amateurs everywhere!

Kristina Leach is a Literary Associate at South Coast Repertory. A native Orange Countian, Kristina is an alum of both Orange Coast College and Cal State Fullerton. She’s been involved with theatre...a long time (that’s all she’ll say). She is a mom, a writer and teaching artist. Her plays have been produced throughout the US and in the UK. She currently lives in Orange County with her husband Eric, their son Isaac and a grumpy pooch named Murray.

If you live in or around Southern California and would like to stretch your playwriting muscles, why not take an introductory playwriting class with the fabulous Kristina Leach? Visit the link below for more information:



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CCP Ep 6 - Lita Lopez

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Lita Lopez has been addicted to performing since age 5 and fueled that addiction as much as possible on the community theater stages of her hometown and high school. She received a Bachelor's degree in Theatre Performance with an Associated Study in Writing & Literature from the esteemed University of Evansville, one of the most selective and decorated theatre programs in the country.  She can be seen performing improv most Saturday nights at L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre in Studio City as well as the last Fridays of the month at iO West in Hollywood. She has appeared in films such as U.K. release, Abducted, (nominated for the U.K.'s National Film Awards Best Independent Feature) on tv on AMC, TLC and the Food Network and in commercials (most recently a national 5 Hour Energy spot)  She is also an award-winning screenwriter. You can check out her web series, Bertie & Margie at www.YouTube.com/BertieandMargie and her blog, "Shut Up & Act!" at www.LitaLopez.wordpress.com.


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CCP Ep 5 - Oanh Nguyen

Length: 52s

Oanh Nguyen has been serving as Chance Theater’s founding artistic director since 1999. Oanh is a recipient of TCG’s New Generations Grant and the TCG Nathan Cummings Young Leaders of Color Fellowship. He was awarded the Outstanding Artist Award by Arts Orange County, profiled in OC Weekly’s 2014 People Issue, inducted into Anaheim High School’s Hall of Fame and recently was the commencement speaker to the 2014 graduation class of Chapman University College of Performing Arts. Oanh served as producing associate at South Coast Repertory for three years where we spearheaded Studio SCR: the alternative theatre presenting series. He also served on the advisory board of the Anaheim High School Performing Arts Conservatory, the board of Network of Ensemble Theatres, LA’s 99-seat Transitional Committee, multiple SDC committees and grant panels for the National Endowment of the Arts and Theatre Communications Group. Oanh is a proud member of SDC and SAG-AFTRA. His directing credits include productions at Chance Theater, East West Players, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and South Coast Repertory, and served as the Associate Director for the international tour of David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish (Berkeley Repertory, South Coast Repertory, Hong Kong Arts Festival). His selected film credits include Two Brothers directed by Jean-Jacques Annaude, Rush Hour 3 directed by Brett Ratner, and Lonely Boy directed by Dale Fabrigar (Best First Feature Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Louisiana International Film Festival and Audience Award Winner at the 2013 BolderLife Festival).   .......   Chance Theater proudly announces its 2015 Theatrical Season featuring Award Winning Works and Six Exciting Premieres   Chance Theater is thrilled to announce its 17th anniversary season, the second in its new home at 5522 E. La Palma Ave. in Anaheim, a space already on the road toward expansion. Chance subscribers and audiences will enjoy an enticing line-up that includes a musical adventure into the Scottish highlands, a powerhouse political drama, a playfully absurd comedy about surrogacy, a joyful contemporary musical classic, a poetic modern fantasy concerning the lives of dragons, a hilarious and dark dramedy about the perils of Midwestern life, three adaptations for children, based respectively on the adventures of Alice, Fancy Nancy, and Ichabod Crane, and two classic Chance holiday traditions, one beloved and sweet, the other...a little feistier.    January 30 - February 28, 2015  On the Main Stage  WORLD PREMIERE!  LOCH NESS Lyrics and Book by AD Penedo Music and Book by Marshall Pailet Directed by Marshall Pailet Seek and you will find Chances are, you’ve heard of the Loch Ness Monster. But have you met the lady herself? In this whimsical new musical co-written by Marshall Pailet and newcomer A.D. Penedo, a scientist’s young daughter discovers herself -- and a small, magical, and very reptilian creature -- on the waters of the Scottish Highlands. Developed through our OTR reading series, Loch Ness is equal parts cheeky comedy, heart-warming family drama, and uplifting musical journey. RATED E FOR EVERYONE—Contains minor adult themes and mild language   April 10 - May 10, 2015 On the Main Stage  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PREMIERE! AFTER THE REVOLUTION by Amy Herzog Where do your loyalties lie? Think you have the answers when it comes to truth and justice? Think again. After the Revolution, for which Amy Herzog won the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award, throws one idealistic woman’s beliefs into chaos when her inspiration is rocked by a family revelation. This resonant, candid look at the legacy of American political history asks what is right and what is true--and are the two always mutually inclusive? RATED T FOR TEEN—Contains strong language *Winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award  *Lucille Lortel Award Winner (Outstanding Playwright)    April 30 - May 31, 2015  On the Second Stage WEST COAST PREMIERE!  SAMSARA by 2015 resident playwright Lauren Yee Life, love, and a talkative fetus Katie and Craig are desperate to have a baby. When an Indian surrogate becomes their only viable option, their lives unfold in a whirlwind of imagination and irresistibly comic quirks, from a dreamy Frenchman to an embryo craving hamburgers. This frank, vibrant play by Chance’s upcoming Resident Playwright Lauren Yee looks at the lengths humanity goes to for their desires. It will leave you charmed, a little breathless, and very contemplative. RATED M FOR MATURE—Contains strong language, some sexuality, and mature content *2012 Bay Area Playwrights Festival Winner    July 10 - August 9, 2015  On the Main Stage  HAIRSPRAY Book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music by Marc Shaiman, Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Directed by Kari Hayter, Choreography by Kelly Todd Musical Direction by Robyn Manion You can’t stop the beat Come experience the pure joy of music and uprising in this intimate retelling of the contemporary classic. Full-figured Tracy Turnblad only wants to dance--and dance she does, through her downtrodden neighborhood, through the harsh words of her schoolmates, and through the racial barriers dividing 1960’s Baltimore. Chance presents a closer, more personal look at this vivacious celebration of rock n’ roll, revolution, and love against all odds. You’ll leap out of your seat! RATED E FOR EVERYONE—Contains mild suggestive content and some language  *Winner of 13 Tony Awards (including Best Original Score and Book)  *Winner of 9 Drama Desk Awards   July 23 - August 23, 2015  On the Second Stage  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PREMIERE!  THE DRAGON PLAY  by Jenny Connell Davis directed by Marya Mazor Will you wait for me? At once fanciful, timeless, yet starkly contemporary, this brand new romantic tale follows one Dragon, her need for freedom, her desire for human love, and the men who get trapped in between. Emergent artist Davis brings a uniquely simple voice to a centuries old myth, clashing lore with love, and eternity with yearning. RATED M FOR MATURE—Contains strong language and mature content   September 25 - October 25, 2015 On the Main Stage  A BRIGHT NEW BOISE by Sam Hunter Searching for salvation… A man attempts to reunite with family he never knew. Little does the man suspect that this experience will test the man’s endurance, his love, and, most potently, his faith. At once darkly comic and deeply moving, this Obie Award winning play takes a sardonic yet empathetic tone as it delves into conviction, redemption, and the opening of minds in the Midwest. RATED M FOR MATURE—Contains strong language and mature content *Obie Award Winner (Playwriting)  *2014 MacArthur Genius Award    November 27 - December 27, 2015  On the Main Stage  ANNE OF GREEN GABLES -- THE MUSICAL Book by Joseph Robinette Music and Lyrics by Evelyn D. Swensson Directed by Casey Long Discover the power of imagination Generations of readers have adored the best-selling novel Anne of Green Gables, and now the musical adaptation of the beloved book hits the stage at Chance Theater. The Cuthberts expect to adopt a boy, but receive, instead, a red-haired, wide eyed orphan girl. Though clever young Anne Shirley has a penchant for getting into trouble, she works her way into the hearts of her adoptive parents as well as the residents of rural Prince Edward Island. It's a heartwarming story for the whole family. RATED E FOR EVERYONE   December 8 - December 23, 2015 On the Second Stage THE EIGHT: REINDEER MONOLOGUES  by Jeff Goode Return of the UN-Holiday tradition We just couldn’t shut them up…. so for the 12th straight year, accusations, rumors and all-out attacks are (still) flying fast and furious around the toyshop. Hear the truth straight from the reindeer who know Santa best. When a doe says “No” she means “No.” WARNING!!  This show contains FOUL-MOUTHED REINDEER and very inappropriate ADULT HUMOR! Definitely no kids or anyone who doesn’t want to see the dark side of Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the North Pole! RATED M FOR MATURE—Contains strong language and strong adult themes   AND OUR 2015 TYA SERIES PRODUCED ESPECIALLY FOR CHILD AUDIENCES February 26 - March 8, 2015  On the Second Stage  ALICE IN WONDERLAND (AND BACK AGAIN)  by Randy Wyatt Discover a Wonderland you never knew This madcap adaptation of both Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass.  Alice falls down a rabbit hole to a world in which she encounters strange creatures and even stranger poetry. You’ll spot lesser-dramatized characters, like the White Knight and the Pigeon, alongside all your favorites, including the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter.   May 29 - June 7, 2015 On the Main Stage ORANGE COUNTY PREMIERE! FANCY NANCY  Book and Lyrics by Susan DiLallo Music by Sam Viverito based on the book "Fancy Nancy” by Jane O’Conner and Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser A sophisticated evening for the fancy side in all of us Fancy Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel are going to be performing in their very first show, “Deep Sea Dances.” Nancy is positive, that’s fancy for 100 percent sure, that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn’t the one she wanted?   October 8 - October 18, 2015  On the Second Stage WORLD PREMIERE!  THE LEGEND(S) OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by past resident artist Jonathan Josephson adapted from "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving Join us on a spooky adventure This theatrical adaptation of the timeless tale of Ichabod Crane and the fair damsel Katrina Van Tassel awakens the imagination—and the dreaded specter of the Headless Horseman. Delightfully adventurous, this ideal Halloween story will entertain literature and theater lovers of all ages.   All tickets can be purchased by calling (714) 777-3033 or by visiting www.ChanceTheater.com.   To schedule press interviews, request photos, schedule press comps or for any additional information, please contact Casey Long at (714) 900-3284 or by e-mail at casey@chancetheater.com.    ABOUT CHANCE THEATER Proud to be one of the leading ensemble-driven theatre companies in Southern California, CHANCE THEATER recently won three Ovation Awards, including Best Production of a Musical--Intimate Theater, for its West Coast premiere of Triassic Parq -- The Musical. The Chance also received an LADCC Award last year for its reimagined revival of West Side Story. The Anaheim City Council recently named Chance Theater “the official resident theater company of Anaheim”. Twice named “Outstanding Arts Organization” by Arts Orange County, Chance Theater is also a recipient of the LADCC’s Polly Warfield Award for Excellence. Founded in 1999, Chance Theater is focused on its goal of being Orange County’s premiere mid-size contemporary theater by contributing to a more compassionate, connected, and creative community. As a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group, Network of Ensemble Theaters, and the LA Stage Alliance, Chance Theater continues to bring national attention to the Southern California and Orange County theater scenes.  …


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CCP Ep 4 - Larry Bates

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In which our host sits down with actor Larry Bates to discuss tya vs. adult theatre, the heartbreak of Chicago football, and the pleasures of the comic book movie.

  Larry Bates is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University. Larry has been seen in a number of productions at The Tony award winning South Coast Repertory. Notable credits there include: the world premiere of Mr. Marmalade, Death of a Salesman, Fences, TopDog/Underdog, Motherfucker with the Hat, and Jitney for which he won a NAACP Theatre Award as well as the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actor. In addition to South Coast, he has been seen in productions and workshops at the Cincinatti Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, The Geffen, The Bootleg Theatre, San Diego Repertory, and The Antaeus Company.    His appearances on stages and on both the big and small screen have given him the privilege of working with a number of talented entertainment professionals. The list includes Caleb Deschanel, Charlie Robinson, Chi McBride, Cloris Leachman, Craig T. Nelson,  Cybil Shepherd, David Boreanaz, Della Reese, Dennis Franz, Elliott Gould, Emily Deschanel, Fred Willard, Glynn Turman, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kristin Bell, Lainie Kazan, Linda Gray, Mark Paul-Gosselaar, Nicky Katt, Oliver Platt, Peter Berg, Robert Reford, Rob Morrow, Roger Guenveur Smith, Sean Patrick Thomas, and Spike Lee.   In addition to acting, Larry is currently co-executive producing an original dating show which he co-created with his creative partners. More about Larry at larrybates.me


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CCP Ep 3 - Aaron Bush

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This is the tale of Aaron Bush. Self-proclaimed trouble maker, Aaron has been wreaking havoc in the theater community as a "professional" for the past 16 years.  What started as an extra curricular activity in high school quickly turned in to a career.  He managed to turn skipping classes to build scenery and completely avoiding homework to attend rehearsals, apprentice at the local community theater, and work at a local television station into his reason for existence.  He started his first professional contract the day after he turned 18. Long hours, terrible pay (pennies an hour), and two days off in 8 weeks somehow drove this madman to pursue more of this questionable work and drive the point home that this is what he was destined to do for the rest of his life.  Back in the old days of fax machines, dial-up Internet, carrier pigeons, and smoke signals, he wrenched interviews out of potential employers like how a car dealer sells minivans to Mormons.  Job offers were abundant and he could pick and choose as he pleased.  Ultimately he chose to go work for a place in Utah that put on performances of Shakespeare every summer... A festival of sorts... A Utah Shakespearean festival (that's catchy.  someone should use that.)  it was here where he met the most unfortunate of all women who foolishly fell head over heels for his childish jokes, total lack of professionalism, and complete disregard for self preservation and ultimately chose to stick with him in good times and bad, in sickness and in health, until death do they part.  Yup.  He totally suckered her into making the worst decision of her life.  Not marriage.  That shit's awesome.  Marrying him was the bad decision.  She regrets it every day (probably).  After a couple more years, a few penniless treks back and forth across country, and blazing trail of shame and adventure, he dragged her kicking and screaming to Las Vegas (like ya do).  They managed to shoehorn themselves into employment with a small troupe québécois circus nymphs. After 9 years, the nymphs are still trying to get rid of him, but he keeps coming back... like that stray cat that you gave a slice of bologna that one time because you felt bad for him and now he won't go away.  In that 9 years, Aaron and his miserable wife have, against everyone's objections, reproduced.  Two unholy terrors that only have aspirations toward becoming a toothless hockey goalie Jedi and a heavy metal princess ballerina. (At ages 7 and 4, they really should have loftier goals by now. Them finally gettin' a damn job would be nice too.)  To this day, people still question why they ever chose to have anything to do with him.  He's gotten cranky. He's ugly. He smells bad. And whenever he's around people seem to quickly change the subject of whatever they were just talking about a few breaths ago into something that he knows absolutely nothing about.  This is his story...


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The Raven

Length: 12s

Curtain Call Podcast wishes everyone out there a safe and joyous All Hallow's Eve!

Celebrate the holiday with a classic poem of terror, The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, read and performed by CCP host Chuck Clay.


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CCP Ep 2 - Carmen Gomez

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Chuck sits down with Carmen Gomez, production manager for the UC Riverside Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production to talk about the joy of schedules, the hell of budgets, and the eventual downfall of humankind at the hands of our internet overlord.

Carmen Gomez recieved her BFA in Design from TCU (Go Frogs!) in 1999 and her MFA in design from Texas Tech University in 2002.  After completing her formal education, Carmen worked as a professional scenic painter before accepting a faculty design position at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Florida.  There she enjoyed five years of teaching as well as starting and running a not-for-profit Shakespeare company with her beloved husband (her words!). After that she joined the Theatre and Dance Department at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Over those four years, Carmen enjoyed working with a number of organizations including The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. 

Examples of Carmen's work can be found at http://carmenfgomez.wix.com/carmenfgomez

"Episode 2 was always an important one for me, almost as much as 1. While episode 1 introduces the show, I always felt somehow that episode 2 should introduce me. What better way to introduce myself than to interview my infinitely better half. If you haven't listened to the podcast yet, episode 2 on October 1 is a pretty good place to start!" --CCP host Chuck Clay


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CCP Ep 1 - Arye Gross

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This week Chuck sits down with acclaimed actor and star of stage and screen, Arye Gross to discuss his theatrical career, his rece...nt performance in "Stupid F*cking Bird", and the finer points of acting like an alien.

Arye Gross attended the University of California at Irvine and went on to study acting at the Conservatory at South Coast Repertory. He then became a member of the South Coast Repertory resident company for three years. This was followed by a year with El Teatro Campesino under the direction of Luis Valdez. Gross has appeared in a number of stage productions with a variety of companies in the Los Angeles area, including LATC, Pasedena Playhouse, Odyssey Theater Ensemble, MET Theater and Stages Theatre Company. In 2000, he became managing artistic director of Stages. Gross's best known television role was on the ABC series Ellen as Adam Green, for the program's first three seasons. Arye has made numerous guest appearances on a wide variety of television series, such as Diff'rent Strokes, Knight Rider, Six Feet Under, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He currently has a recurring role as Dr. Sidney Perlmutter on ABC's Castle. He recently appeared in Aaron Posner's "Stupid F*cking Bird" at the Boston Court Theatre.


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