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2017 PODCAST ARCHIVE

 

ASHLEY WHEATER - GLOBAL VISIONARIES AT JOFFREY BALLET POST

ED KROSS - SHOOTING FROM THE HIP POST

CARL BECKER & SON - CRAFTING THE MUSIC POST

ELAINE DAME - YOU'RE MY THRILL POST

CAVALIA ODYSSEO POST

JOAN CURTO POST

RON KEATON POST

KARL HAMILTON POST

JOHN WILLIAMS POST

STEVE BIOSSAT POST

JAMES EARL JONES II POST

TAMMY MCCANN POST

ANGELA INGERSOLL POST

ROBERT SIMS POST

THE NICHOLAS BROTHERS - BLACK ENSEMBLE THEATER POST

WILD BEN HOLLIS POST

2016 PAST SHOW ARCHIVE

A BOY NAMED MAX - A NIGHT AT THE STEINWAY PIANO GALLERY

After discovering the Steinway Piano Gallery in Hinsdale and speaking with Diane Duncan and Andree Marie Hancock, it was a pleasure to attend the recent holiday recital of Steinway Artist Jue He’s students on December 8th. The highlight, however, is the performance and discussion with a 12 year-old boy named Max Lai who has given me reason to believe that the next generation of performing artists is a very talented lot indeed.

Performances on this episode of Conversations with Ed Tracy include: Snowflake Rag by Nancy Faber performed by Abigail Wong and Rhapsody in G Sharp Minor by Johannes Brahms performed by Max Lai.

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STEINWAY PIANO GALLERY WEBSITE 

 

AMERICAN BLUES THEATER - IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE 

A holiday tradition not to be missed, and 15 years in the making is, It’s A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago. The American Blues Theater's production is a show for the entire family, set on stage in the style of a 1940’s radio broadcast with an original score, Foley sound effects and holiday songs. 

WENDY WHITESIDE, Producing Artistic Director since 2010 and Foley artist and designer, SHAWN J. GOUDIE, joined the conversation on December 8th to tell us more about their wonderful lives in Chicago … and Bedford Falls.

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IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE TICKETS

BOX OFFICE (773) 404-7336

AMERICAN BLUES THEATER WEBSITE 

NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 31ST AT GREENHOUSE THEATER CENTER 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

BILL LARKIN

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BILL LARKIN, an accomplished and award-winning stage actor, comedian, club performer and writer, now has his sights firmly fixed on the release this week of his new comic album, Knowing Your Audience, recorded live at the Green Mill in Chicago.  Bill joined the conversation on December 5th, 2016 to talk about how knowing your audience could help you to find out more about yourself. 

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BILL LARKIN'S WEBSITE 

BUY|DOWNLOAD BILL LARKIN'S CD - KNOWING YOUR AUDIENCE

ERICA LYNETTE EDWARDS

Erica Lynette Edwards, a longtime Joffrey Ballet company member and ballerina who now serves as the Director of Community Engagement, joined the conversation on Nov. 8 to talk about the Joffrey’s educational outreach program, how influential dance can be on young people’s lives and how to keep grounded when you are always on your toes.  

JOHN ZUKOWSKY, LEE BEY AND ROLF ACHILLES

John Zukowsky, Lee Bey and Rolf Achilles joined the conversation on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 at the national launch of Building Chicago to discuss the evolving landscape of Chicago architecture in the 20th century. 

Our thanks to our generous sponsors Bulley & Andrews, Eli's Cheesecake, Rizzoli Publications and the Chicago History Museum.

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MORE ON BUILDING CHICAGO 

PURCHASE BUILDING CHICAGO 

STEVE SCOTT

Goodman Producer STEVE SCOTT joined the conversation on October 24th to talk about the summer and fall seasons, Bob Fall’s extraordinary contribution as artistic director and the theatre community’s support for Season of Concern.

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL TICKETS 

MORE ON THE GOODMAN THEATRE 

 

 

DAVID H. BELL

DAVID H. BELL, Artistic Director for the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University  joined the conversation on October 21st for an in-depth discussion about the challenges of developing new works for Broadway, the impact and accessibility of workshop programs for emerging artists and what’s ahead for the American Music Theatre Project. 

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VISIT DAVID H. BELL'S WEBSITE 

AMERICAN MUSIC THEATRE PROJECT  HERE

ROCKNE 

 

PAUL MARINARO

PAUL MARINARO, a major force on the Chicago jazz scene for over a decade, will debut the Paul Marinaro Quartet at Birdland on Sunday, October 30, 2016. Paul joined the conversation on October 11th to talk about his musical career, the Birdland show, what’s coming up next, and a dog named Titus.

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VISIT PAUL MARINARO'S WEBSITE 

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB  

JAZZ SHOWCASE VIDEO 

HOWARD REICH CHICAGO TRIBUNE FEATURE 

 

MATT CROWLE

Matt Crowle (Leo) and Bill Larkin (Max) in the Mercury Theater Chicago production of The Producers. Crowle as Hysterium in Porchlight Music Theatre production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Crazy for You debuts November 3rd at Drury Lane.


MATT CROWLE, the six-time Jeff nominated actor, choreographer and dance instructor, joined the conversation on September 27, 2016 to talk about who helped to shape his performance philosophy, the importance of training, working with one of his best friends, Bill Larkin, and, his new project, directing and choreographing CRAZY FOR YOU playing from November 3rd to January 8th, 2017 at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace.  

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Visit Matt Crowle's Website 

More on CRAZY FOR YOU at Drury Lane Theatre & Online Ticket Information   

Drury Lane Theatre Box Office: (630) 530-0111

 

DOREEN SAYEGH

The view from Navy Pier with Shakespeare 400 Chicago’s Festival Producer, Doreen Sayegh.

The view from Navy Pier with Shakespeare 400 Chicago’s Festival Producer, Doreen Sayegh.

DOREEN SAYEGH, Festival Producer, joined the conversation on August 26, 2016 to discuss everything that has been happening twixt wake and sleep, including what's coming up this fall and a treasury of everlasting “scholarly” joy called City Desk 400

You can listen to the entire Conversations podcast below.

Visit Shakespeare 400 Chicago 

Visit City Desk 400 

SANDY SHINNER, Producing Artistic Director for Shattered Globe Theatre, joined the conversation on August 18, 2016 to talk about her career and what’s ahead.  Shattered Globe Theatre kicks off the 2016-17 season, September 8th through October 22nd, with a revival of Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize Award-winning American Drama True West at Theater Wit, 129 W. Belmont Ave. Directed by James Yost, True West features Shattered Globe ensemble members Joseph Wiens, Kevin Viol, Rebecca Jordan with Rob Frankel. 

You can listen to the entire Conversations podcast below.

Shattered Globe Website True West  

BONNIE KOLOC

BONNIE KOLOC

Since arriving on the Chicago music scene in the late 60’s, Bonnie Koloc has established herself as one of our most gifted and beloved singers, songwriters and visual artists. On October 22nd, 2013, as Monroe Anderson and Ed prepared for the Chicago Conversations PBS television program on Old Town School, Bonnie Koloc joined a live edition of the show at the Hubbard Inn in which she discussed her extraordinary career, the challenges she faced with recording companies and includes an acapella performance of Amelia Earhart's Last Flight.

You can listen to the entire Conversations podcast below.

RELATED LINKS FOR BONNIE KOLOC:
CHICAGO CONVERSATIONS - OLD TOWN SCHOOL: MUSIC FOR EVERYONE: VIDEO
BONNIE KOLOC WEBSITE 

ANDRÉ DE SHIELDS                                                                                                                                           Photo Credit: Lia Chang

ANDRÉ DE SHIELDS                                                                                                                                           Photo Credit: Lia Chang

André De Shields returns to Victory Gardens Theater August 26-28, 2016 for a production of his one-man show, Confessions of a P.I.M.P. On Broadway, De Shields originated the title role in The Wiz and had long runs in Ain’t Misbehavin', Play On! and The Full Monty -- Broadway performances that have earned him two Tony Award nominations and five Drama Desk nominations.

During a break from rehearsals on August 15, 2016, André De Shields talked about his show, his extraordinary career and what it is that keeps bringing him back to Chicago. 

You can listen to the entire Conversations podcast below.

ARNIE BERNSTEIN joined the conversation on May 25th at the Skokie Theatre to discuss his book Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund.  

You can listen to the entire Conversations podcast below.  Buy the BOOK 

CONGRATULATIONS SUGAR BLUE! Listen to Sugar Blue's version of the Conversations theme recorded in 2013.

CONGRATULATIONS SUGAR BLUE! Listen to Sugar Blue's version of the Conversations theme recorded in 2013.

For our PBS television series, Chicago Conversations with Monroe Anderson and Ed Tracy, Ed composed The High Road Theme music. Gene Garcia's original piano arrangement is the opening music for the Conversations podcast. Ilaria Lantieri and Sugar Blue recorded a complete arrangement which was used in both the pilot episode, and each of the broadcast episodes.

Listen to the Conversations theme below. 

JAMES FRAZIER

JAMES FRAZIER

JAMES FRAZIER, a Gold Star Family member in Illinois who leads Gold Star Survivor Outreach efforts here, joined the conversation on May 25th at the Skokie Theater. The interview was recorded in advance of the City of Chicago Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade the following weekend. Jim speaks about important work being done to support Gold Star Family members in Illinois and across the country. 

You can listen to the entire Conversations podcast below.

RON KEATON

RON KEATON

RON KEATON, producer, actor and writer of the acclaimed Churchill one-man show was our first guest for Conversations with Ed Tracy at the Skokie Theatre on March 23, 2016. Ron discussed his long-time acting career, future goals for SoloChicago and performed a monologue from his 2015 Joseph Jefferson Award winning performance of Churchill.


You can listen to the entire Conversations podcast below. 

RELATED LINKS FOR RON KEATON AND SOLOCHICAGO:
SOLOCHICAGO: WEBSITE

RON KEATON PERFORMS KEATON (CHICAGO TRIBUNE): AUGUST 14, 2014
MOVING BEYOND 'THE MONOPOLY MAN' (CHRIS JONES TRIBUNE): SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

CONVERSATION FTA - SHELDON PATINKIN helped shape the Chicago comedy and the theatre scene as a writer, performer and director starting in the 1950s. He served as the longtime Chairman of the Theatre Department at Columbia College Chicago and was part of perhaps the greatest generation of Chicago improvisers, playing an integral role in the evolution of The Second City.

On September 19, 2013, as we prepared for the third episode of our PBS show Chicago Conversations, Sheldon Patinkin joined me for a wide-ranging conversation about his career, the development of The Second City and many of the extraordinary comedians he has worked with over the years. The interview was recorded at the WYCC studios in Chicago. While portions of the interview appeared in our television show, Second City: First in Funny, this podcast is the audio track of the studio interview with Sheldon Patinkin -- unplugged and at his best -- in what is believed to be his last long-format interview. 

You can listen to the entire CONVERSATIONS FTA podcast below. 

RELATED LINKS FOR SHELDON PATINKIN:
CHICAGO CONVERSATIONS - SECOND CITY: FIRST IN FUNNY: VIDEO
WGN RADIO - BILL LEFF AND WENDY SNYDER: INTERVIEW
SHELDON PATINKIN OBITUARY(CHRIS JONES TRIBUNE): SEPTEMBER 21, 2014

CONVERSATIONS FTA - CHRIS JONES is the chief theater critic and a Sunday culture columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Chris joined the conversation at the Hubbard Inn on November 19, 2013 to discuss his insights and experiences reviewing theatre in Chicago and his book BIGGER, BRIGHTER, LOUDER: 150 YEARS OF CHICAGO THEATER AS SEEN BY TRIBUNE CRITICS (University of Chicago Press 2013). Also featured in this program is a musical performance by World War II veteran Judy Brubaker, who portrayed Ms. Leach in the original 1971 Chicago cast of Grease

You can listen to the entire CONVERSATIONS FTA podcast below. Buy the BOOK 

ETHAN MICHAELI is an award-winning author, publisher and journalist based in Chicago. He was a copy editor and investigative reporter at The Defender from 1991 to 1996. Ethan joined us for the debut of Conversations with Ed Tracy at the Skokie Theatre on March 23, 2016 to discuss his new book, THE DEFENDER: HOW THE LEGENDARY BLACK NEWSPAPER CHANGED AMERICA (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt January 12, 2016).

You can listen to the entire Conversations podcast below. Buy the BOOK 

CONVERSATIONS FTA (From The Archive) JEFF SHAARA - The Fateful Lightning Book Launch at National Writers Series, Traverse City - June 2, 2015.  In his 1975 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara defined a new era of military history storytelling. In the decades following his father’s passing in 1988, Jeff Shaara has crafted a series of 15 consecutive New York Times bestselling war novels. The amazing fact is, Jeff Shaara had never written a book before picking up where his father had left off. In The Fateful Lightning, Shaara masterfully completes his series of War in the West, which will debut at the National Writers Series on June 2, 2015. This is history brought to vivid life and page-turning storytelling at its best. LISTEN NOW

CONVERSATIONS FTA (From The Archive) JEFF SHAARA - The Fateful Lightning Book Launch at National Writers Series, Traverse City - June 2, 2015. 

In his 1975 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara defined a new era of military history storytelling. In the decades following his father’s passing in 1988, Jeff Shaara has crafted a series of 15 consecutive New York Times bestselling war novels. The amazing fact is, Jeff Shaara had never written a book before picking up where his father had left off.

In The Fateful Lightning, Shaara masterfully completes his series of War in the West, which will debut at the National Writers Series on June 2, 2015. This is history brought to vivid life and page-turning storytelling at its best.

LISTEN NOW

Read the pre-event interview with Jeff Shaara        Buy The Fateful Lightning 

James Sherman, Jocelyn Delk Adams and Kit Graham. Listen to the podcast about social media with Jocelyn and Kit below. 

James Sherman, Jocelyn Delk Adams and Kit Graham.

Listen to the podcast about social media with Jocelyn and Kit below. 

The Ben Hecht Show, starring long-time Chicago playwright and actor James Sherman, is playing at the Piven Theatre in Evanston through August 14th. Jim joined Ed Tracy for the June 22nd program at the Skokie Theatre. Listen to the podcast below.

The Ben Hecht Show, starring long-time Chicago playwright and actor James Sherman, is playing at the Piven Theatre in Evanston through August 14th. Jim joined Ed Tracy for the June 22nd program at the Skokie Theatre. Listen to the podcast below.

James Sherman Talkback July 3, 2016 – Conversations with Ed Tracy 
On Sunday July 3rd, I had the opportunity to join James Sherman for a talkback following his performance as Ben Hecht in The Ben Hecht Show currently playing through August 14th at the Piven Theatre, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston, Illinois. For tickets to The Ben Hecht Show visit www.grippostagecompany.com.  

Influential Conversations Continue at Skokie Theatre June 22nd

CHICAGO (June 7, 2016) – The live interview series, CONVERSATIONS with Ed Tracy, continues June 22nd at 1:30 p.m. at the Skokie Theatre with a discussion on media – past, present and future. This month’s guests include social media entrepreneurs and successful food bloggers Kit Graham, author of The Gourmet Grilled Cheese Cookbook and Jocelyn Delk Adams, author of Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories. Ed also welcomes playwright/actor James Sherman who will be portraying the legendary Chicago journalist Ben Hecht in The Ben Hecht Show at the Piven Theatre of the Noyes Cultural Center in Evanston from June 10th through July 17th (UPDATE 7/15/2016: This show has been extended by popular demand through AUGUST 14TH).

As a successful Chicago blogger, Kit Graham has over 21,000 followers on Instagram and a well-visited blog (TheKittchen.com) where she shares original recipes, restaurant reviews and travel stories. The Gourmet Grilled Cheese Cookbook is an ode to her favorite food from childhood. Kit is the founder of the Windy City Blogger Collective, a community for bloggers and a networking group in the Chicago area.

Jocelyn Delk Adams, author of an award-winning and Amazon best-selling cookbook and founder of the food blog (Grandbaby-Cakes.com), has over 42,000 Instagram followers and prides herself on giving cherished generational recipes from her grandmother a modern and inspired spin. Jocelyn also gives back to the community through her anti-violence dessert fundraiser called, A Charitable Confection, which features the top bakeries in Chicago.

Long-time Chicago playwright and actor James Sherman will be discussing his one-man performance, The Ben Hecht Show, which will open on June 10th at Evanston’s Piven Theatre. The show looks at the legendary life of Ben Hecht, a Chicago journalist, screenwriter and playwright. James is also a Skokie native who sold out the Skokie Theatre with his play Beau Jest earlier this year. grippostagecompany.com

A book signing hosted by The Book Stall at Chestnut Court will follow the program.

$10 Advance Reservations at http://www.skokietheatre.org  or call 847-677-7761 | $15 Tickets at the Door

More information at: www.conversationswithedtracy.comwww.thebookstall.com

Kaitlyn Linsner
Roxbury Road Creative, LLC
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Chicago, IL 60611
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Live Interview Series, CONVERSATIONS with Ed Tracy Continues May 25th

CHICAGO (May 23, 2016) – Former U.S. Marine and Gold Star father Jim Frazier will join acclaimed non-fiction writer and historian, Arnie Bernstein as the special guests at CONVERSATIONS with Ed Tracy on Wednesday, May 25 at 1:30 p.m. at the Skokie Theatre. The program is part of the new monthly interview series featuring authors and influential leaders in the arts, media and business.

Following the death of his son, Staff Sgt. Jacob Frazier killed in action in Afghanistan on March 29, 2003, Frazier has served as a volunteer and representative for the Illinois Gold Star Families, an organization dedicated to supporting those who have lost a loved one in combat serving in the Armed Forces. Frazier’s interview preludes Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade where special recognition will be given to the fallen and their families, many who have connected with Frazier through his work with the Illinois Gold Star families.

Bernstein, a Chicago-native, will discuss his latest book Swastika Nation, which explores the 1930s Fritz Kuhn and the Bund movement in the United States. This appearance is a return to home of sorts as Swastika Nation has its genesis during Bernstein’s high school years with the threatened Nazi march in downtown Skokie. A book signing sponsored by The Book Stall at Chestnut Court follows

$10 Advance Reservations are suggested: www.skokietheatre.org or call 847-677-7761

More information at: www.conversationswithedtracy.com

The Bookstall at Chestnut Court: www.thebookstall.com and www.arniebernstein.com

 Kaitlyn Linsner
Roxbury Road Creative, LLC
605 N Michigan Ave. Suite 411
Chicago, IL 60611
kt.linsner@gmail.com
(312) 646-5444 (O)


HOWARD REICH discusses "Prisoner of Her Past" at Conversations with Ed Tracy - April 20, 2016 at the Skokie Theatre
Pam Becker Photo

CHICAGO TRIBUNE FEATURE

PBS airs Reich's 'Prisoner of Her Past' on Holocaust Remembrance Day
by Mike Isaacs - Skokie Review-Chicago Tribune May 2, 2016
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CHICAGO TRIBUNE FEATURE

Ed Tracy starts 'Conversations' at Skokie Theatre 
Myrna Petlicki, Pioneer Press
Chicago Tribune
March 21, 2016

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