theatre

Busfield Bashore photo
Peter Whorf / WKAR

East Lansing native Timothy Busfield is an Emmy winning actor who’s appeared in more than 30 feature films and TV movies. We talk with Busfield about how technology and other forces are changing the art of storytelling.


Jamie Paisley and Lisa Kron photo
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR

We continue the conversation with Lansing-native Lisa Kron. She is the co-creator of last year’s Tony-winning powerhouse musical "Fun Home," which is coming to the Wharton Center next year.


Lisa Kron and Jamie Paisley photo
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR

Meet Lansing native Lisa Kron. She is the co-creator of last year’s Tony-winning powerhouse musical, "Fun Home," which is coming to the Wharton Center in 2017.


Wait Until Dark photo
Rita Diebler / Riverwalk Theatre

We find out from the lead actress of the Riverwalk Theater’s new production “Wait Until Dark,” why she has bruises on her shins.


Motown the Musical photo
Courtesy photo / Wharton Center

The Motown sound is the star of "Motown the Musical" this week at the Wharton Center. We talk with Jesse Nager, who stars as Smokey Robinson.


Secret Garden cast photo
Courtesy photo / Peppermint Creek Theatre Company

A musical staging of "The Secret Garden" is coming to Lansing. We talk with Chad Badgero of the Peppermint Creek Theatre Company.


The MSU Department of Theatre has brought one of literature’s most timeless tales, "Pride and Prejudice," to the stage. We take the occasion to revisit what makes the novel so beloved, and find out what kind of contemporary twist MSU is bringing to the classic story.


John Dale Smith photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

“The Threepenny Opera” is coming to Lansing Community College this weekend. Scott Pohl previews this production of the musical.


Sound of Music photo
Courtesy photo / Matthew Murphy

The Wharton Center will be alive with "The Sound of Music" this week as the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical comes to East Lansing. We speak with two of the cast members of this North American tour, one of whom is Michigan’s former Miss Isabella County.


Valentijn Dhaenens photo
Courtesy photo / Valentijn Dhaenens/SKaGeN

Typically, being called a big mouth is an insult, but at the Wharton Center this Thursday, it is one man’s exploration of history. We speak with Belgian performance artist Valentijn Dhaenens about his one man-one mouth show, which pulls from famous speeches across history to tell the story of the world we live in.


All My Sons cast
Courtesy photo / Luke Pline Photography

Arthur Miller’s 100th birthday would have occurred a few months ago, and Lansing’s Riverwalk Theatre is about to stage his first hit play from 1947. We speak with the actors and director of the drama "All My Sons."


Rosie Sullivan and Mark Colson photo
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In the original play “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol,” we learn the backstory involving Ebenezer Scrooge’s late business partner and what led him to play the role he did in Scrooge’s redemption. Now playing at the Williamston Theatre, the play is described as irreverent, funny and deeply moving. We talk with two actors from the production, Mark Colson and Rosie Sullivan.


Computer keyboard photo
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Organizers of the first ever Michigan Playwrights Festival say the state is enjoying an energized arts scene, driven in part by an influx of creatives to Detroit. Starting this week, young playwrights will have the chance to have new works read from the stage of Ann Arbor’s Yellow Barn. We talk with festival director Emilio Rodriguez.


Riverwalk Theatre photo
Courtesy photo / Riverwalk Theatre

The Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea is coming to Lansing tonight to host a staged reading of a new play at Riverwalk Theatre. We speak with Purple Rose artistic director Guy Sanville and playwright Timothy Mason about the play and tonight’s reading.


Fred Roberto Jr. photo
Courtesy photo / Jodi Roberto Hancock

This week and next, Lansing’s Peppermint Creek Theatre Company will stage a production of stories told by veterans and their families. Current State talks with director Blake Bowen and Jodi Hancock, who will tell the story of her father’s Vietnam service in “Telling: Lansing.”


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