“In this month’s episode of Satellite, we explore the world of Paula Vogel’s The Mineola Twins. We take a trip down memory lane with the wonderful Luan Schooler, who originated the roles of Myrna and Myra 25 years ago, we learn how the magic was made with the extraordinary Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, and we hear from Profile’s artistic director, Josh Hecht in a rare and enlightening interview.” -Bobby Bermea
In this episode our host Bobby Bermea interviews artists of Las Meninas by Lynn Nottage. Actress Lauren Modica talks about her art and hopes for the future for the American stage. Then, we hear from sound designer and composer Matt Wiens about his inspiration and approach to layering in music and effects for our audio play adaptations. Our episode wraps as director Dawn Monique Williams discusses this play (written about the African presence in the French Court) and its resonances with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Pictured (left to right, top to bottom) Lauren Modica as Louise Marie-Therese Stacy Ross as Mother Superior/Queen Mother Crystal Ann Muñoz as Queen Marie-Therese Chris Murray as King Louis XIV Rance Nix as Nabo Sensugali Michael J. Asberry as Painter/Doctor Claire Rigsby as La Valliere/Lady Servant
BEHIND THE SCENES OF LAS MENINAS HEAR FROM THE CAST
Director of Community Engagement Bobby Bermea talks to Bob Lee, General Curator and Manager of Elephants at the Oregon Zoo about elephant conservation and the way animals can ignite our imaginations. Bobby also talks to singer-songwriter and Mlima’s Tale composer Jenn Mundia, who plays some of her newest music live for us in the studio. And Bobby interviews Mlima’s Tale director Reg Douglas about Mlima’s Tale, Reg’s passion for new work and directing during a pandemic.
BEHIND THE SCENES OF MLIMA’S TALE HEAR FROM THE CAST AND DIRECTOR
SOUND AND MUSIC “THUNDER IS NOT YET RAIN” BY JENN MUNDIA
“Mlima’s Tale starts with a summoning of ancestors and calls upon all of us to heed their lessons. Lynn’s writing has incredible musicality and rhythm already, and when added to Jenn Mundia’s gorgeous original score, I hope audiences will feel the power of ritual and communion that only theater, whether seen or heard, can provide.” -Reginald L. Douglas
COSTUME RENDERINGS SKETCHES BY DOMINIQUE FAWN HILL