OT 118 - Zach Rich is Coming Out of His Cage (And He is Doing Just Fine)

In our season one finale for OPHELIA TALKS, we flip the script on our normal host, and let guest host Mike Tubman throw some questions Zach's way. Now that jerk knows how he's made other people feel over the past season. The pair discuss some of Zach's favorite memories over his time with Ophelia, where Zach's love of Theater and Video Gaming stems from, and the process of reinventing yourself in your late twenties.

Intro / Outro Music - "Welcome to Enjoy (Instrumental)" by Freen in Green - freeningreen.bandcamp.com

OT 117 - Mike Tubman Won't Stop

It's our final episode on Lysistrata Jones! Say goodbye before our final weekend of performances with Zach and guest Mike Tubman (The Ref), as they discuss the ancient art of gift giving, how to use full names on podcasts, and an extremely sultry performance of "Happy Birthday to You" that Marilyn Monroe would call "excessive".

Lysistrata Jones is now playing at the Ophelia Theatre through April 8th. Tickets for the show can be found at our website at opheliatheatre.com.

Intro / Outro Music - "Welcome to Enjoy (Instrumental)" by Freen in Green - freeningreen.bandcamp.com

OT 116 - Kevin Ruiter Would Like to Remind You That He is a Man of Science

Kevin Ruiter (Harold) joins Zach on the 'pod this week! The pair discuss their upcoming soup-slurping podcast, Kevin's life as a Scientist (did you know that Kevin is a scientist!!?), and where Kevin learned how to do his signature Body Rolls. His majestic Body Rolls. His scene-stealing Body Rolls. Body Rolls that are worth the price of admission to Lysistrata Jones, alone. I cannot oversell you on these Body Rolls.

Lysistrata Jones is now playing at the Ophelia Theatre through April 8th. Tickets for the show can be found at our website at opheliatheatre.com. There will be Body Rolls.

Intro / Outro Music - "Welcome to Enjoy (Instrumental)" by Freen in Green - freeningreen.bandcamp.com

OT 115 - Jianzi Colón is Very Good with Maps

LYSISTRATA JONES is now playing at the Ophelia Theatre! We had an amazing opening weekend and are looking forward to three more weekends of bedazzlement! OPHELIA TALKS isn't letting up on the LJ train though - this week, Zach sits down with our Cleonice, Jianzi Colon. The pair chat about the staggering amount of research Jianzi brought to the role, her fascination with language and geography, and how Survival Jobs are the worst, but also kinda the best sometimes?

Lysistrata Jones is now playing at the Ophelia Theatre through April 8th. Tickets for the show can be found at our website at opheliatheatre.com.

Intro / Outro Music - "Welcome to Enjoy (Instrumental)" by Freen in Green - freeningreen.bandcamp.com

OT 114 - Salad Hour with Lawryn LaCroix

Lawryn LaCroix (Heteria) joins Zach on the podcast this week! The pair of them discuss the events that lead Lawryn to form her own production company, Pink House, how she came out of her comfort zone to join the cast of a musical, and they take a deep dive into their emoji-using habits.

Lysistrata Jones runs at the Ophelia Theatre March 16th through April 8th. Tickets for the show can be found at our website at opheliatheatre.com.

Intro / Outro Music - "Welcome to Enjoy (Instrumental)" by Freen in Green - freeningreen.bandcamp.com

OT 113 - The New Cast of Your Alice

Zach's tied up with moving this week, so join guest hosts Kevin Ruiter and Billie Aken-Tyers on a roundtable discussion with the five new cast members for the upcoming Brooklyn Academy of Music and Edinburgh Fringe runs of Your Alice, including Luke Antony Neville (Charles Dodgson), Tom Chandler (Tweedle Dee), Jim Lawrenson (White Rabbit), Olivier Sublet (Swing) and Jane Logan (Swing). The group discusses how they all ended up at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts together, The excitement (fear?) of living together while in Scottland, and Tom's interesting wardrobe choices when recording podcasts.

You can see Olivier and Kevin in Lysistrata Jones, which runs at the Ophelia Theatre March 16th through April 8th. Tickets for the show can be found at our website at opheliatheatre.com.

Your Alice runs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music May 23rd through the 27th. Tickets will be available soon.

Intro / Outro Music - "Welcome to Enjoy (Instrumental)" by Freen in Green - freeningreen.bandcamp.com

OT 112 - Billie Aken-Tyers Returns!

This week, listen in on a fun little coffee date between Ophelia's Artistic Director and Lysistrata Jones director Billie Aken-Tyers and your ever present host Zach Rich as they have a heart-to-heart about what it means to create work, how to connect with their collaborators and friends, and why it is that we're even doing what we do in the first place. Actually, that sounds a little heavy. They talk about how Billie is secretly stealing everyone's heart and devouring them to keep herself young forever. There - that's a way more interesting description.

Lysistrata Jones runs at the Ophelia Theatre March 16th through April 8th. Tickets for the show can be found at our website at opheliatheatre.com.

Your Alice runs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music May 23rd through the 27th. Tickets will be available soon.

Intro / Outro Music - "Welcome to Enjoy (Instrumental)" by Freen in Green - freeningreen.bandcamp.com

 

OT 111 - Jason Hurtado

Joining Zach on the podcast this week is Lysistrata Jones actor Jason Hurtado ('Uardo). The pair talk about their time working together in the service industry, the musicals, video games and cartoons that shaped their lives, and gush just a little bit too long about director Billie Aken-Tyers for it to seem like she is not paying them to say nice things about her.

Lysistrata Jones runs March 16th through April 8th. Tickets for the show can be found at our website at opheliatheatre.com.

Intro / Outro Music - "Welcome to Enjoy (Instrumental)" by Freen in Green - freeningreen.bandcamp.com

OT 110 - Matt Summers

This week, Zach sits down with Matt Summers (Xander). The pair of them talk about the music that inspired them (don't judge their answers this is a judgement-free podcast), their lost high school loves, and the joys of the mascot costume life.

Lysistrata Jones runs March 16th through April 8th. Tickets will be on sale soon.

Intro / Outro Music - "Welcome to Enjoy (Instrumental)" by Freen in Green - freeningreen.bandcamp.com

For all things Ophelia Theatre Group, go to opheliatheatre.org.

OT 109 - Shawn Smith

This week, Zach gets to sit down with long time friend and collaborator Shawn Smith on how he's approaching his upcoming role as Mick in Lysistrata Jones! They discuss the long transition from college life to adulthood (and back again), their views on how sex and relationships change with time, and pitch their dream sequel to Space Jam, all within an hour's time!

Intro / Outro Music: "Welcome to Enjoy (Instrumental) by Freen in Green (freeningreen.bandcamp.com)

For all things Ophelia, visit opheliatheatre.org.

OT 108 - Chloe Kostman

Ophelia Talks is back, baby! As the Ophelia Theatre Group approaches the start of Production on their production of Lysistrata Jones, Zach Rich returns to introduce the masses to our fantastic company behind this fantastic musical. This week, Zach sits down with the actress playing the titular character, herself, Chloe Kostman!

Intro Track: "Welcome to Enjoy (Instrumental)" by Freen in Green - freeningreen.bandcamp.com

Outro Track: "Like Love" by The Oshy Annas - theoshyannas.com

For all things Ophelia, go to opheliatheatre.org.

OT 107 - Lewis Flinn

It's our first episode on Lysistrata Jones! This week, Billie-Aken Tyers joins Zach in interviewing the show's Composer and Lyricist Lewis Flinn. We discuss the show's long production history, it's origins as a screenplay for a Movie Musical, and what inspired the show's diverse and frantic score (slam poetry, anyone?).

Thank you to Freen in Green for the use of our theme song "Welcome to Enjoy (Instrumental)" off their album Green Planet Adventures. Keep up with their amazing music at freeningreen.bandcamp.com. All things Ophelia Theatre Group can be found at Opheliatheatre.org.

OT 106 - Cait Kiley

Ophelia Talks is back for more! Zach got to sit down this week with a recent addition to Ophelia's stable of charismatic characters, Cait Kiley. Zach and Cait discuss her next project, an all-ladies historical romp called Gamma Delta Nasty, as well as her first Off-Broadway Credit Frankenstein: A New Musical.

You can contribute to Gamma Delta Nasty through November 9th on Kickstarter, here.

Tickets for Frankenstein: A New Musical are available here.

Thank you to Freen in Green for the use of our theme song, "Welcome to Enjoy (Instrumental), off the album Green Planet Adventures. You can download that song, and the rest of their outstanding discography at freeningreen.bandcamp.com.

OT 105 - Daniel Roberts

One last week for the With A Twist New Play Festival means one more Ophelia Talks about it! This week, Zach got to have a chat with Daniel Roberts, Writer and Director of the festival's final show RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER, about how a good ol' boy from Texas gets himself transplanted into the NYC directing circuit.

Thank you to Freen in Green for the use of our theme song, "Welcome to Enjoy", off the album GREEN PLANET ADVENTURES. You can find the song, and the rest of their stellar discography at freeningreen.bandcamp.com. Learn more about The Ophelia Theatre Group at opheliatheatre.org.

OT 104 - Billie Aken-Tyers & Anthony Mercado

I know just what your week needs -  more Ophelia Talks! This week, Zach got to sit down with Ophelia's Artistic Director and Director of this week's "With a Twist" play, "Red Winter", and the writer of the play itself, Anthony Mercado. The trio discuss the fear and anxiety that comes with sharing your work, Billie's transition into her new role in Ophelia, and we get a small update on what's to come for Your Alice!

Thank you to Freen in Green for the use of our theme song, "Welcome to Enjoy", off the album GREEN PLANET ADVENTURES. You can find the song, and the rest of their stellar discography at freeningreen.bandcamp.com.

OT 103 - Joe Ferraro

Ophelia Talks is back for a third episode! This week, Zach sits down with is creative partner and best friend Joe Ferraro to discuss the third show in OTG's New Play Festival, "Your Town". They also reminisce on seven years of friendship, look back at Joe's first full play, "Diamond Dogs", and bemoan the death of the Oakland Raiders 2017 season, a day before Derek Carr busted his back, even.

Thank you to Freen in Green for the use of our theme song, "Welcome to Enjoy" off of the album Green Planet Adventures. Check them out at www.freeningreen.bandcamp.com. Find tickets to our upcoming events, and more info about our company at www.opheliatheatre.org.

OT 102 - Daniel Holme

It’s Ophelia Talks, episode two! This week, host Zach Rich sits down with Actor Daniel Holme, who stars this weekend in Skin of the Teeth. We discuss what it means to do a one-man play, the transplanting process from the UK to the US, and how we fell in love with the art of theater in the first place!

Thanks to Freen in Green for the use of our theme song "Welcome to Enjoy" off of the album "Green Planet Adventures." Find out more about them at freeningreen.bandcamp.com. Find out more about the Ophelia Theatre Group at opheilatheatre.org.

OT 101 - Sarah Bennett

It's the first episode of Ophelia Talks! This week, Host Zach Rich sits down with Exectutive Director Sarah Bennett to discuss how to start a theater company, how to move a theater company across a country, and how to make your characters write themselves, so you don't have to! Thanks to Freen in Green for the use of our theme song "Welcome to Enjoy" off of the album "Green Planet Adventures." Find out more about them at freeningreen.bandcamp.com. Find out more about the Ophelia Theatre Group at opheilatheatre.org.