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Thursday, June 11
 

12:00pm CDT

HEAR Now Playhouse PODCAST PALOOZA
NATF Playhouse Featuring 2020 Artist's PLATINUM PAGE and PODCAST PALOOZA opens Thursday June 11, 2020 at NOON. From Platinum to Bronze, you'll hear the best of this year's audio fiction.

Running June 11 - December 31, 2020.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
Premiere - June 12, 2020 - Debs in Canton with Phil Proctor as Eugene Victor Debs and Melinda Peterson, Robert Fass, PJ Ochlan, LJ Ganser, Doug Shapiro, Anne Bobby, and Micah Gellert. Written by Yale Strom and Elizabeth Schwartz.

Be sure to come back on Friday, June 12th for the premiere of this new audio play.

Additional Featured Programs:
The New Silence by Brian Price with Dion Graham, Jane Oppenheimer and an original score by Jason Kao Hwang.

William's Leap for Freedom by Renee Pringle with Dion Graham, Barbara Rosenblat, and a full cast.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO PODCAST PALOOZA

Speakers
avatar for Peter Gregg

Peter Gregg

Submission Manager / Producer Podcast Palooza
Peter Gregg (Ph.D, University of Minnesota) is an Assistant Professor of Emerging Media at the University of St. Thomas. Dr. Gregg teaches media production, history, and criticism.Dr. Gregg's research and scholarship focuses on media and audiences, including the formation of attitudes... Read More →
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Philip Proctor

Debs in Canton as Eugene V. Debs
Debs in Canton at Podcast Palooza and AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Come celebrate the many works of Phil Proctor with HEAR Now. Philip is  best known as a voice actor and a member of The Firesign Theatre,   although his career has spanned TV, films and games too!
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PJ Ochlan

Director / Voice Actor
Moderator 6/7, ROAD TO PREDATION (in AUDIO Tonight!) 6/8An actor since 1986, P.J. Ochlan has enjoyed a diverse career across virtually every aspect of the entertainment industry - from critically acclaimed feature films and television series regular roles to innovative new media projects... Read More →
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Robert Fass

Voice Actor
Debs In Canton 6/11AUDIO Tonight 6/13A two-time Audie Award winner, veteran actor Robert Fass is equally at home in a wide variety of styles, genres, characters, and dialects. An eight-time Audie nominee with over 225 unabridged audiobooks to his credit, Robert has also earned multiple... Read More →
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Sue Zizza

HEAR Now Producer
HEAR Now Producer Sue is an audio producer, director, writer, and sound designer, and the owner of SueMedia Productions, a full service audio production company. For more than 20 years Sue has produced award winning audio drama for public radio and audiobooks. She is an Audie award... Read More →



Thursday June 11, 2020 12:00pm - Monday June 15, 2020 11:30pm CDT
HEAR Now Podcast Palooza Listening Room
 
Friday, June 12
 

11:30am CDT

NATF Playhouse: Judith Kampfner - The Stories She Tells -- The Veldt by Ray Bradbury
The Veldt by Ray Bradbury
Story By: Ray Bradbury
Drama Adaptation By: Mike Walker

Cast
TV Announcer: David Rapkin Peter: Michael Wachter
Wendy: Reyna Shaskan Lydia: Jennifer van Dyck
George: David Slavin Ms Kim: Nancy Wu
The Room: John Henry Cox David: Richmond Hoxie
Sound Production at CDM Studios
Director/Producer: Judith Kampfner

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Judith Kampfner is a producer, writer and playwright for the stage and radio. Listen to her unique form of storytelling.

Judith began working at the Australian Broadcasting Company as a trainee radio producer and then Executive Producer. She has since worked at BBC, NPR and WNYC, where she was Senior Producer on the pilot phase of Studio 360.

As a writer, Kampfner is a dramaturg and editor with playwrights working for radio. She has adapted stage plays and novels for radio, written and co-written radio dramas and is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women.

Speakers
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Judith Kampfner

Workshop 102 Faculty / Producer
Judith Kampfner trained as a career coach at NYU and then with Dr Eric Maisel the originator of the field of creativity coaching.A lecturer and broadcaster with thirty years of experience, she's been a radio maker for BBC, WNYC, WBEZ, NPR, and Australian Broadcasting. Since 2005... Read More →


Friday June 12, 2020 11:30am - Sunday June 14, 2020 11:30pm CDT
HEAR Now Podcast Palooza Listening Room

12:00pm CDT

NATF Playhouse: Debs In Canton
'Debs In Canton' is an original radioplay written by Elizabeth Schwartz & Yale Strom, starring Phil Proctor and featuring Robert Fass, PJ Ochlan, LJ Ganser, Melinda Peterson, Doug Shapiro, Anne Bobby and Micah Gellert
Produced & Directed by Sue Zizza with music by Yale Strom.

American labor leader Eugene V. Debs gave a speech in June of 1918 to a movement rally in which he condemned US involvement in the First World War. Debs was jailed for sedition and went on to run for president from his cell. This historical fiction by Schwartz and Strom explores what Debs' life might have been in the months leading up to this seminal moment of American history.


Speakers
avatar for Philip Proctor

Philip Proctor

Debs in Canton as Eugene V. Debs
Debs in Canton at Podcast Palooza and AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Come celebrate the many works of Phil Proctor with HEAR Now. Philip is  best known as a voice actor and a member of The Firesign Theatre,   although his career has spanned TV, films and games too!
avatar for Robert Fass

Robert Fass

Voice Actor
Debs In Canton 6/11AUDIO Tonight 6/13A two-time Audie Award winner, veteran actor Robert Fass is equally at home in a wide variety of styles, genres, characters, and dialects. An eight-time Audie nominee with over 225 unabridged audiobooks to his credit, Robert has also earned multiple... Read More →
avatar for Sue Zizza

Sue Zizza

HEAR Now Producer
HEAR Now Producer Sue is an audio producer, director, writer, and sound designer, and the owner of SueMedia Productions, a full service audio production company. For more than 20 years Sue has produced award winning audio drama for public radio and audiobooks. She is an Audie award... Read More →



Friday June 12, 2020 12:00pm - Sunday June 14, 2020 11:30pm CDT
HEAR Now Podcast Palooza Listening Room
 
Saturday, June 13
 

12:00pm CDT

NATF Playhouse: William's Leap for Freedom
William's Leap for Freedom, hosted by Dion Graham, is an original one hour audio drama based on the life of freed slave William Wells Brown. The Audie-nominated performance was recorded live at the June 2010 NATF workshop in West Plains, Missouri and stars Mirron E. Willis as Wells Brown and features Barbara Rosenblat along with a multi-voice cast.

William's Leap for Freedom is a two part drama; a play within a play. This performance, was adapted for audio from the stage play, William Wells Brown's Leap for Freedom written for the stage by Dr. Cheryl Black of the University of Missouri Department of Theatre.

Dr. Black's play was written and produced in 2008 for the Missouri State Historical society's Missouri History in Performance Theater. In 2009 it was adapted for the National Audio Theartre Festivals by Renee Pringle of NPR, with assistance from mentor Sue Zizza.

Beginning with a fictionalized conversation between William Wells Brown and Mr. Polite, this audio dramatization then introduces part two of the play which features selected portions of The Escape or Leap for Freedom, as it relates to the tale of three slaves, Cato, Glen and Melinda. Brown often stated that this play specifically was autobiographical. The couple, Glen and Melinda, did exist, while Cato is Brown himself.
ABOUT WILLIAM WELLS BROWNWells Brown was born a slave in Lexington, Kentucky in 1814. It is said that his mother was the daughter of Daniel Boone and a black slave, while his father was known to be a member of the Wickliffe family of Kentucky and Louisiana.

Throughout his lifetime, Brown was a fugitive slave, a conductor on the Underground Railroad, an abolitionist, an anti-slavery lecturer, an historian, a medical doctor, and a poet.

Brown is the author of the first novel, the first drama, and the first travelogue published by an African American in the U.S. His particular life experiences gave him a thorough education and with that came an understanding of human nature, and of American culture and society, from 1814 through 1884.

In 1856, Brown decided to stop giving lectures at paid abolitionist engagements and instead began performing his dramas. Through drama he emphasized that all Americans, northern and southern, participated in deceptions necessary to support the system of slavery.

A popular form of drama at the time was the blackface minstrel. Using minstrel comedy in reverse, Brown was able to dispel familiar stereotypes and ridicule the perpetrators of those misrepresentations. In this way, Escape or Leap for Freedom is also a commentary on the minstrel style.

Brown consistently emphasized that blacks should use wit and trickery to fight against and survive their oppression, not heroic confrontation. His dramas emphasize the oppressive circumstances of black and white women; sexual violence against black women; the emasculation of black men; the hypocrisy of the religious community, and the paradox of a system of slavery in America, the so-called land of liberty.

Brown was known as a trickster among scholars. With guile, wit, and charm, he moved his white audiences to face issues without insulting them.

This production, directed by Pringle, with assistance from producer Sue Zizza was post produced by SueMedia Production's David Shinn.

Speakers
avatar for Dion Graham

Dion Graham

Voice Actor
Panelist 6/7, AUDIO Tonight! 6/8Dion Graham from HBO's The Wire, also narrates A & E's The First 48. An award-winning actor and narrator, he has performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. An AudioFile Magazine Best Voice... Read More →
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Renee Pringle

Master Mixer
Master Mixer Prisoner 9653 For President - Eugene Victor Debs & 1919: Peace & Vengeance at National WWI Museum 6/8



Saturday June 13, 2020 12:00pm - 11:30pm CDT
HEAR Now Podcast Palooza Listening Room
 
Sunday, June 14
 

12:00pm CDT

NATF Playhouse: The New Silence: A Poem for the New Climate
THE NEW SILENCE:  A POEM FOR THE NEW CLIMATE.  By getting personal and little surreal the New Silence by award-winning playwright, Brian Price, uses humor, theater, childhood memories and edgy jazz to take on the thorny questions of climate change.  So often environmental issues are caught between economic wrangling, incomprehensible statistics and “we’re all gonna die” hyperbole.  But what do we really think is going to happen?  Are the ghosts of whales going to haunt us?  Are sirens going to go off and never stop?  Will we still have to mow the lawn?  Acclaimed actor and narrator, Dion Graham (THE WIRE and THE FIRST 48), and critically recognized actress and narrator, Jane Oppenheimer, join master jazz improvisationist, Jason Kao Hwang, on a musical and poetic odyssey through our greatest fears, doubts and fantasies about what’s going to happen next.  A powerful, soulful, unique, loving look at the strange new world to come.  Performed before a live audience at the Hear New Festival in Kansas City, June 8, 2019.  

Speakers
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Brian Price

Workshop 101 Faculty
Brian Price of Great Northern Audio Theatre is an award-winning writer and producer of original audio Fiction. He has written, directed and worked with audio theater groups across the country including Native Voices At the Autry, the Grist Mill, and the National Audio Theatre Festivals... Read More →
avatar for Dion Graham

Dion Graham

Voice Actor
Panelist 6/7, AUDIO Tonight! 6/8Dion Graham from HBO's The Wire, also narrates A & E's The First 48. An award-winning actor and narrator, he has performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. An AudioFile Magazine Best Voice... Read More →
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Jason Kao Hwang

The music of Jason Kao Hwang (composer/violin/viola) explores the vibrations and language of his history. His compositions are often narrative landscapes through which sonic beings embark upon extemporaneous, transformational journeys. His most recent release Blood, performed by Burning... Read More →
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Jane Oppenheimer

Jane Oppenheimer is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University with a BFA in Theater. She has performed in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Regional theaters, as well as on television and film. Her voice-over work can be heard on commercials, corporate videos and theme park rides... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2020 12:00pm - 11:30pm CDT
HEAR Now Podcast Palooza Listening Room
 
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