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    Q&A with Lauren Gunderson

    Hello Lauren, we are excited to welcome your work to A Noise Within. I read in an interview with you and St. Ambrose University that your theatre career began as a young actor. Was that the moment your love of theatre began? Yes! I started performing professionally in Atlanta when I was 10 and quickly…

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    Manuel Puig’s Kiss of the Spider Woman: The Gift of Storytelling

    By Dr. Miranda Johnson-Haddad, Resident Dramaturg at A Noise Within  Manuel Puig’s novel Kiss of the Spider Woman was a critical failure when it was first published in 1976. Yet it has had what one commentator (Isaac Butler, writing in The New Yorker in December 2022) has called “a remarkable afterlife.” Puig himself adapted the…

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    Q & A with Michael Michetti

    Welcome back to A Noise Within, Michael. At ANW, you have directed Frankenstein, A Picture of Dorian Gray, The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet etc. What was it about Kiss of the Spider Woman that attracted you to the story? When Geoff and Julia asked me if I was interested in directing it, I knew the…

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    Q&A with Guillermo Cienfuegos

    This is your debut at A Noise Within, welcome by the way. Can you share with us your journey before ANW?  I’ve been working as an actor (under my given name Alex Fernandez) in theatre, film, television, and voice over since 1990, when I graduated from the training program at the American Conservatory Theatre. I’ve…

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    Anna in the Tropics First Rehearsal Recap

    Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics ripples with raw passion and intriguing drama that pulls the workers of a Cuban-American cigar factory through an explosive transformation as a lector reads them Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. In his opening remarks for first rehearsal, Director Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx (he/him) said: “We’re looking for a distilled elegance and beauty in…

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    The Women of Shakespeare Q&A

    Who better to talk to about the world-shaking women in All’s Well That Ends Well than to talk to the women in our production! Enjoy insight from Director Nike Doukas (she/her) and Resident Artists Erika Soto (she/her) and Deborah Strang (she/her), who play Helen and the Countess of Rosillion, respectively.  What does women empowerment look like for Helen…

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    Q&A With Erika & Bernard

    A no-name woman with healing abilities. A powerful but ailing king. Their first meeting sets the events of Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well into motion. Erika Soto (she/her), who plays Helen, and Bernard K. Addison (he/him), who plays the King of France, got together to talk about their characters and how their interactions speak to the…

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    Q&A With All’s Well Director Nike Doukas

    Meet Nike Doukas (she/her), Director of All’s Well That Ends Well, as she talks about her work as a director and about Shakespeare’s play! What is your role as the Director? I see the director’s job most importantly as the person who guides the story. I’m there to make sure the dynamics of the play are…

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    Q&A With Anna Director Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx

    Get inside the mind of Director Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx (he/him) as he delves into his vision for Anna in the Tropics and what he is looking forward to showing onstage this spring! What attracted you to Anna in the Tropics? I’m attracted to how visceral the play is. It engages the senses. There’s the heat, the…

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    All’s Well That Ends Well First Rehearsal Recap

    Capturing both a magical essence and human complexity, Shakespeare’s unconventional comedy All’s Well That Ends Well subverts what we think of fairytales and what makes a “happily ever after.” Director Nike Doukas (she/her) evoked this sentiment with her opening words at first rehearsal: “The title of this play gives away the ending, which is a strange thing to…

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