Category Archives: Interviews of Note

Radio Interview with the Cast of “God of Carnage”

wgvu-newsDid you know that Shelly Irwin of WGVU does wonderful interviews with cast members, directors and producers of many of our local theatre productions? On Thursday, April 17th she interviewed Craig Hammerlind and Amy McFadden of God of Carnage.

You can take a listen on the WGVU website!

Photo by Dave Kagan

Cast of “God of Carnage” at Actor’s Theatre – Photo by Dave Kagan

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April 23, 2014 · 8:49 pm

Radio Interview and Photos of “August: Osage County”

Monday morning Shelly Irwin interviewed Director Fred Sebulske and Cast Members Amy Osborn and Jean Reed Bahle of August: Osage County on her Morning Show on WGVU Radio.  If you missed it, you can listen to it on

Also in the media, Katie Greene of got some great photos of the cast on Dress Rehearsal.  Click the photo below to see more!

Shelly Urbane as Ivy Weston in “August: Osage County” by Tracy Letts. Photo credit: Katie Greene

Go to to learn more about Actors’ final production in our 31st Season. Box office and ticketing information are also available on the site.  As a reminder:  August: Osage County closes this weekend, so call ahead for tickets!

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Interview with the Director of “Next Fall” in The Grand Rapids Press

Check it out: Grand Rapids Press writer Lorilee Craker interviews Director Tom Kaechele about our third production of the season, Next Fall

Actors’ Theatre presentation of Tony-nominated ‘Next Fall’ will make audiences think

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2012, 7:00 AM
By Lorilee Craker | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Luke is a devout believer who thinks his homosexuality is a sin; Adam is an atheist who believes in everything but God.

Performances begin Thursday: Actors' Theatre presents "Next Fall" with Dylan Harris, left, as Luke, and Larry Young as Adam. Photo Credit: Jon M. Brouwer | Grand Rapids Press

Despite their different world views, they have made their relationship work for five years when a car accident changes everything. This is the setup for “Next Fall,” a play to be staged for the first time in West Michigan by Actors’ Theatre, starting Thursday.

Director Tom Kaechele was riveted when he saw it off-Broadway in 2009.

“I loved this play, because it made me think more than I ever have in the theater,” he said. “Just when you think you know where the play sides, it surprises you. When you think it will go left, it goes right.”

“Next Fall” opened off-Broadway in 2009 before playing at the Helen Hayes Theatre until July 2010 after 150-plus performances. It garnered golden critical acclaim and top award nominations, including for the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play.  ()

Check out the rest of the article, here on or go to Actors’ Theatre website to learn more and purchase tickets.  Remember – Next Fall opens this Thursday.  Get your tickets today!

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Austin Bunn Interviewed about RUST

Check it out: Austin Bunn interviewed in about RUST.  Look for Austin and company to take performances of RUST on the road in the near future, in addition to Iowa performances by our friends at Working Group Theatre.

Great Lakes Voices: An Interview with Playwright Austin Bunn

Rust is a play by Austin Bunn that chronicles the fallout after the closure of the GM plant in Wyoming, Michigan — just one event in the gradual loss of manufacturing jobs in the region. The play, developed with a “Creation Fund” grant from the National Performance Network, recently concluded its run at the Actors’ Theatre of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Plans for a fall 2012 tour of other sites in Michigan are already underway. Wake interviewed Austin Bunn shortly after the Grand Rapids run.

Wake: Rust is a documentary play. What does that mean, and why or how did it take that shape?

AB: The “documentary play” form has become as a successful new genre in American theatre — here, I think of The Laramie Project (about the murder of Matthew Shepard), The Exonerated (about the experiences of exonerated inmates), This Beautiful City (about the rise of the New Life Christian Church), or Anna Deveare Smith’s plays Let Me Down Easy and Fires in the Mirror. I’ve been interested in the form for years. Back when I was working as a magazine journalist, I looked at these powerful, immersive theatrical experiences with envy, since they seemed to accomplish what journalism was struggling to do: move people and make them think about an issue through storytelling. (…)

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Interview with the Director of “The Sweetest Swing in Baseball”

Have you heard the great buzz about The Sweetest Swing in Baseball?

Want to learn more about the play and the creative process that goes into taking it from the rehearsal room to the stage? Be sure and check out this interview with Sweetest Swing‘s director, Shelly Urbane.

Remember, there is still one weekend left to see Actors’ Theatre’s fourth production.  For more information on other upcoming events or to order your tickets, go to

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