Evil Thespian

By Evil Thespian

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“Equipped with what we have inherited, we try to make a life, make a living and make art. We are assemblers. We forge received parts into meaningful compositions. This state of affairs is our plight and our destiny…” - Anne Bogart EVIL THESPIAN is a theatrical art project from two thespians, Josh (@tragic_fruit) and Maddie (@mymissmadi).

Episode Date
The Play's the Thing w/ Phoebe

The thespians are joined by Phoebe to discuss Edward de Vere, 17th earl of Oxford, Oxfordian scholarship, Elizabethan theatre, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, HAMLET, and the upcoming De Vere Ball.

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Aug 07, 2022
Thank Heaven for Little Girls
The thespians discuss the FUNNY GIRL revival controversy and Vincente Minnelli's 1958 film and its stage adaptation, GIGI.
Jul 30, 2022
4. Inside the Thespians Studio w/ Matthew Gasda

Unfortunately, Maddie could not join due to scheduling conflicts. Josh went inside the thespians studio with Matthew Gasda to discuss his plays (DIMES SQUARE, ARDOR, BERLIN STORY, DOVER), the anxiety of influence, poetry, and contemporary theatre.

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Jul 22, 2022
3. Inside the Thespians Studio/ w Chelsea Cristoffor
The thespians go inside the Thespians Studio with artist Chelsea Cristoffer to discuss acting, writing, infinite and finite games, dreams, and music.  Follow Chelsea on Instagram Subscribe to her poetry substack BAD FLOWER Subscribe to her YouTube channel
Jul 14, 2022
Sexual Perversity in Chicago w/ Chicago Transplant Authority

The thespians are joined by George and Ilych from CHICAGO TRANSPLANT AUTHORITY to discuss David Mamet's 1974 play SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO and its 1986 film adaptation ABOUT LAST NIGHT. 

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Jul 11, 2022
Children of Paradise

The thespians discuss Marcel Carné's 1945 film CHILDREN OF PARADISE and Maddie's honeymoon in Paris.

Jul 02, 2022
Euphoria High Drama Club

The thespians provide live commentary for the final two episodes from season two of Euphoria. 

Jun 23, 2022
The Show Must Go On

The thespians review the documentaries SHOWBUSINESS: THE ROAD TO BROADWAY (2007) and THE STANDBYS (2012).

Jun 16, 2022
The Wedding Episode

The thespians discuss their adventures in New York, Maddie's upcoming wedding, and Catherine Johnson's 1999 musical MAMMA MIA!

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Jun 08, 2022
2. Inside the Thespians Studio w/ Cassidy O’Grady

The thespians are joined by Cassidy O'Grady to discuss her life as an artist in the theatre, metaphors, and her work in Matthew Gasda's DIMES SQUARE and MINOTAUR. 

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May 27, 2022
Make the Arts Monarchist Again w/ Salomé
The thespians are joined by SALOMÉ a.k.a. Pariah the Doll to discuss Steven Sater's 2006 musical SPRING AWAKENING and the new HBO documentary SPRING AWAKENING: THOSE YOU'VE KNOWN.   Follow SALOMÉ on Twitter  Follow SALOMÉ on Instagram 
May 13, 2022
Roman Holiday w/ Roman D'Ambrosio

The thespians are joined by playwright Roman D'Ambrosio to discuss his play HOMEMADE DYNAMITE, Carlos Murillo's DARK PLAY; OR STORIES FOR BOYS, and Alex Lee Moyer's TFW NO GF. 

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May 05, 2022
The Threshold of Revelation w/ Zach Langley Chi Chi

The thespians enter the threshold of revelation with special guest Zach Langley Chi Chi to discuss Tony Kushner's 1991 play ANGELS IN AMERICA. 

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Apr 29, 2022
I Believe in the God of Carnage
The thespians discuss Yasmina Reza's play GOD OF CARNAGE (2006), and the Roman Polanski's film adaptation CARNAGE (2011). They also discuss the recent David Mamet “controversy.”
Apr 20, 2022
1. Inside the Thespians Studio w/ George Olesky

Maddie and Josh channel the spirit of James Lipton inside the thespians studio with George Olesky to discuss his life as an actor and his work on Matthew Gasda's plays ALL THE MOURNFUL VOICES and MINOTAUR.  

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Apr 16, 2022
The thespians discuss the body as art, Nicholas Hytner's CENTER STAGE (2000), and Stephen Daldry's BILLY ELLIOT (2000).
Apr 08, 2022
Working Girls
Maddie and Josh discuss Sydney Pollack's TOOTSIE (1982).
Mar 31, 2022
The Final Girl w/ Bonnie McEachren

The thespians are joined by artist Bonnie McEachren to discuss the final girl archetype in the horror genre, Alexa Derman's play PSYCHOPSYCHOTIC; OR EVERYONE AT YALE IS A GODDAMN SOCIOPATH (2017) and Geoffrey Wright's film CHERRY FALLS (2000).  

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Mar 25, 2022
Maddie and Josh go to the Theatre!
Josh visits Maddie in Chicago and discuss their adventures seeing Rajiv Joseph's KING JAMES at Steppenwolf Theatre.
Mar 17, 2022
The Power of Tennessee Williams w/ Ryan Czerwonko

The thespians are joined by Ryan Czerwonko of Ugly/Handsome Films and Adult Film to discuss Tennessee Williams, his plays THE LADY OF LARKSPUR LOTION (1946), and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1947). 

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Mar 09, 2022
Love, Cyrano
The thespians discuss Edmond Rostand's CYRANO DE BERGERAC (1897), and the new Joe Wright film adaptation starring Peter Dinklage.
Mar 03, 2022
For Your Consideration
Maddie and Josh discuss Christopher Guest's WAITING FOR GUFFMAN (1996) and FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION (2006).
Feb 24, 2022
Star Quality w/ Jack Mason

the thespians are joined by Jack Mason from THE PERFUME NATIONALIST to discuss Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's 1978 musical EVITA and its 1996 Alan Parker film adaptation starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas. 

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Feb 18, 2022
The Last Five Years
The thespians discuss Jason Robert Brown's THE LAST FIVE YEARS (2001). Happy Valentine’s Day!
Feb 10, 2022
Let the Boobs Act!
the thespians discuss film director Paul Verhoeven and his films SHOWGIRLS (1995) and BENEDETTA (2021).
Feb 02, 2022
Shoot Me
maddie and josh discuss the documentary ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME.
Jan 22, 2022
The Last Great American Musical
ohmigod! The thespians discuss LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL.
Jan 18, 2022
Molière’s THE PESTS w/ Felicia Londré
The thespians are joined by Felicia Londré to discuss the french playwright Molière, KC Molière: 400 in 2022, and her new translation of Moliere's Les Fâcheux entitled THE PESTS at Kansas City Actors Theatre. 
Jan 11, 2022
Something Wicked This Way Comes
The thespians return to discuss Joel Cohen's THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH (2021), and Akira Kurosawa's THRONE OF BLOOD (1957).
Jan 04, 2022
I Need Godspell w/ Kyle

The thespians are joined by Kyle from I NEED GOD IN EVERY MOMENT OF MY LIFE to discuss GODSPELL (1973), and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (1973). 

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Dec 21, 2021
Something's Cumming
The thespians discuss Steven Spielberg's WEST SIDE STORY remake.
Dec 14, 2021
Father, Son, and My Coconuts w/ Thot Topics

The thespians are joined by Cris and Nick from THOT TOPICS to discuss Ridley Scott's HOUSE OF GUCCI.   

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Dec 04, 2021
Tick, Tick... Boom, or Is This Real Life?
The thespians review Lin Manuel Miranda's film adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s TICK, TICK... BOOM! (2021).
Nov 24, 2021
Just Chatting

The thespians contemplate the art world, selling out, and Jamian Juliano-Villani. 

Article: Jamian Juliano-Villani: ‘Art Is the One Place Where You Should Not Censor Anything’ 

Nov 17, 2021
Everyone is Forgotten
The thespians discuss Donald Margulies' TIME STANDS STILL (2010), and Winter Miller's NO ONE IS FORGOTTEN (2020).
Nov 12, 2021
The Rest is Silence
The thespians discuss Sir Laurence Olivier’s film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s HAMLET (1948)
Oct 28, 2021
We Could be Heroes of the Fourth Turning w/ Cracksinpomo

The thespians are joined by Stephen from CRACKS IN POSTMODERNITY to discuss Will Arbery's HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING (2019) and Patrick Deneen's WHY LIBERALISM FAILED (2018).     

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Oct 21, 2021
Homo Killer on the Prowl w/ Alex

The thespians sat down with Alex to discuss William Friedkin's CRUISING (1980), and James Franco and Travis Matthews satanic film INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR. (2013).    

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Oct 11, 2021
Give me a Tony Award, Daddy!
The thespians discuss the Tony Awards and Jonathan Parks-Ramage's debut novel YES, DADDY. 
Oct 04, 2021
Dionysian Chaos
The thespians discuss the dionysian in Gaspar Noé's 2018 film CLIMAX, and Tracy Letts' 1999 play KILLER JOE.  
Sep 27, 2021
Art School Survivor
The thespians discuss Alan Parker's FAME (1980) ,and Damien Chazelle's WHIPLASH (2014). https://www.documentjournal.com/2021/08/rediscovering-desire-in-a-panopticon-of-virtual-pleasures/ 
Sep 20, 2021
F@g Hag Dearest
The thespians discuss the f@g hag archetype in art and culture with Frank Perry’s MOMMIE DEAREST (1981), and Daisy Von Scherler Mayer's PARTY GIRL (1995).
Sep 16, 2021
Don‘t Perceive Me
Josh is joined by a new co-host, Maddie and they discuss Jeremy O Harris' SLAVE PLAY (2018), and XANDER XYST DRAGON: 1 A XXX EXPERIENCE IN 5 ACTS (2017). 
Sep 09, 2021
The Origin of Love w/ Zach Langley Chi Chi

Unfortunately, Jack couldn't join us this week due to scheduling conflicts. Josh sat down with the incredible Zach Langley Chi Chi to discuss HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (1998) and Plato's SYMPOSIUM. 

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Jun 25, 2021
I'm a Drag Survivor w/ Slay'me Amy

The thespians go to Missie B’s with drag queen SLAY'ME AMY.   

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Jun 11, 2021
(We Weren't) Born This Way w/ Troy

Jack and Josh are joined by Troy to discuss the 10th anniversary of Lady Gaga’s album BORN THIS WAY (2011).

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May 21, 2021
These Violent Delights have Violent Ends
Jack and Josh get drunk at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and discuss the National Theatre production of William Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET.
May 14, 2021
Unimpressed Thespian
Jack and Josh dive in to Jordan Tannahill's iconic book, Theatre of the Unimpressed: In Search of Vital Drama. order THEATRE OF THE UNIMPRESSED here 
Apr 16, 2021
It‘s a Tragedy, Babe
Jack and Josh talk about the eternal battle between Dionysus/Apollo, and the National Theatre production of Sophocles’ ANTIGONE . 
Apr 09, 2021