Geffen Playhouse Unscripted

Geffen Playhouse has become a world-renowned hub for theater and culture. Now, through its new podcast, "Geffen Playhouse Unscripted," listeners from around the world will enjoy exclusive, behind-the-scenes audio tours not only of the Geffen's widely-acclaimed productions, but also hear conversations with some of today's most compelling creative voices. Hosted by former Newsweek and Los Angeles Times journalist and KPCC radio host John Horn, the series will primarily be composed of unscripted interviews that explore the art and craft of live storytelling, the creative process, professional milestones, personal challenges, timely topics and more. Drawn from the Geffen's deep community of artists, guests will be prominent personalities, including The Office's Rainn Wilson, Transparent's Jeffrey Tambor, actress and music artist Rita Wilson, Two Broke Girls' Beth Behrs, This is Us' Ron Cephas Jones, director and producer Jon Favreau and more.

LATEST EPISODE

Joshua Henry

Hamilton star Joshua Henry joins John to talk about the plays run at...Hamilton star Joshua Henry joins John to talk about the plays run at the Pantages in Hollywood, his elementary school choir teacher opening the door for him to be a stage actor, how he got involved in Hamilton, his work in Violet and American Idiot, and combatting racism and prejudice with our art.   Show More

37:26 8/16/2017

Past Episodes

Actress Ann Dowd sits down with John to talk about the importance of what you want as a performer, the seriousness of the Russian rehearsal process, the importance of listening, when in an actors career can they say no, and how to stay grounded and in touch with yourself.
41:20 8/9/2017
Actress Betty Gilpin talks about her acting career, her new show GLOW, and some very unorthodox college training.
36:27 8/2/2017
TV and Film Legend and now fellow Podcast One host Norman Lear joins guest host Gil Cates Jr. from the Geffen Playhouse to talk about the lesser spoken of Fried Green Tomatoes, Americas biggest product being the product of excess, the overwhelming landscape of television today, re-working One Day at a Time for modern day Latino sensibilities, and his feature in If Youre Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast.
33:07 7/26/2017
Actor and Writer Paul Dooley joins John to talk about his one man show Movie Dad. Plus, how his career got started, working with Robert Altman and John Hughes, playing so many Dads in TV and movies and what that means to audiences, and his creating the electric company for PBS.
32:24 7/19/2017
Actors Ginnifer Goodwin and Allen Leech talk with John Horn about their show at the Geffen Constellations. How long does it take before they know they've hooked the audience? Do they ever tailor their performances to audience members? Plus, learn how they build the foundation for their characters and whats the best way to get back on track if you forget a line.
32:51 7/12/2017
Actor Alfred Molina joins John in studio to talk about fooling the audience with his accent, some of his early lessons learned in becoming an actor, finding the joy in acting, when to say yes and when to say no, doing your homework vs using your imagination, working on Long Days Journey Into Night at the Geffen, and the intricacies of performing in a radio play.
42:33 7/5/2017
This week we are backstage at the Geffen Playhouse to talk with writer Ted L. Nancy aka Barry Marder, and actors Beth Kennedy and Sam Kwasman about the production of "Letters From a Nut by Ted L. Nancy". Learn their backgrounds and inspirations that go into this very funny show.
43:20 6/28/2017
Actor Michael Harney joins John Horn to discuss his enjoyment of the acting process, breaking boundaries, speaking the truth of our experiences, and his work as a play write and a teacher.
34:57 6/21/2017
Actor Ron Cephas Jones joins John to talk about his work on Luke Cage and streaming platforms, the importance of a good director, not being able to imagine anything outside of acting, and what the future holds.
28:16 6/14/2017
Comedian Demetri Martin joins John Horn for a discussion about how he got started in stand up, what his previous life plan was, life's difficulties informing his present, the audience being part of his stand up presence, and the patience it takes to do stand up.
38:40 6/7/2017
Actor and Musician Keith Carradine talks about his acting career starting with Hair on Broadway, moving back to Hollywood, working with Robert Altman, how film, TV, and theater acting crossover, and how actors can stay sharp. Plus, how does Madame Secretary seem to translate to our current political climate?
35:22 5/31/2017
Actress Dana Delany and host John Horn talk about her first feature film role, taking jobs on want vs need, her work as a voice over actress, the dream of playing Lois Lane, finally tackling Tennessee Williams, and where shes headed.
26:19 5/24/2017
Actor Bryan Cranston discusses being attracted to Police work prior to acting, not falling for the same acting trap as his father, his first junior college acting class, and when his love affair with acting first struck him. Plus, how Breaking Bad was a catapult for him, storytelling as his true occupation, and how fear motivates him.
34:57 5/17/2017
Actor Max Minghella joins John Horn to discuss his work on the new series Handmaid's Tale, growing up with parents in the industry, the play that made him fall in love with acting, learning to humiliate yourself to be an actor, and the importance of choosing your parts.
32:23 5/10/2017
UCB co-founder and Veep actor Matt Walsh joins John Horn to recollect on bad auditions, getting his career started, good vs. bad acting classes, the difficulty of stand up, and working on Veep.
36:28 5/3/2017
Broadway and film star Josh Gad joins John Horn to talk about his time in Book of Mormon, the challenge of voice acting, learning from other actors, not allowing yourself to be forced into a type, and forgetting his lines.
38:24 4/26/2017
Host John Horn and playwright, screenwriter, and director Neil LaBute talks about his life on and off the stage in both his past and present.
40:39 4/19/2017
John Horn and guest David Copperfield discuss his early influences, what drives him to perform hundreds of shows even at the risk of personal injury, the Islands in Copperfield bay, and his hidden museum.
35:59 4/12/2017
On the premiere episode of Geffen Playhouse Unscripted, host John Horn sits down with actor Rainn Wilson to discuss his theater education and career, his work at the Geffen, and embracing his natural persona as opposed to trying to be someone he isn't.
44:13 4/5/2017
"Geffen Playhouse Unscripted" premieres Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
01:00 3/29/2017

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