Post-Show Conversation: The Casting Process
Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre
A special post-show conversation moderated by WBUR's Anthony Brooks with director Daniel Goldstein (Venus in Fur), M. Bevin O'Gara (Becoming Cuba), and Christopher Wigle (Huntington Producing Director), following the 7:30pm performance of Venus in Fur.
Anthony Brooks brings 30 years of experience in public radio, working as a producer, editor, reporter, and host for WBUR and NPR. He is currently the co-host of WBUR's "Radio Boston." Over the years, he has covered regional issues across New England, including politics, the economy, education, criminal justice, and urban affairs. His reports aired regularly on NPR's "Morning Edition," "All Things Considered," and "Weekend Edition." Brooks also covered Al Gore's presidential campaign in 2000 — from the early days of the New Hampshire primary through the disputed election result and the Supreme Court's Bush v. Gore decision. He is the recipient of numerous broadcast wards.
M. Bevin O'Gara is the Associate Producer at the Huntington Theatre Company and directed The Who & the What, Kirsten Greenidge's Milk Like Sugar (Elliot Norton Award nomination for Best Production) and Melinda Lopez's Becoming Cuba. Other directing credits include appropriate, A Future Perfect, Tribes (Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards for Best Production), and Clybourne Park (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Brahman/i, Chronicles of Kalki; You for Me for You; Love Person; and The Pain and the Itch (Company One Theatre), Phedre (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Fast Company (Lyric Stage Company), Marjorie Prime (Nora Theatre Company), How Soft the Lining and Translations (Bad Habit Productions), Matt and Ben (Central Square Theater), Two Wives in India and Gary (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), 2.5 Minute Ride (New Repertory Theatre), Melancholy Play (Holland Productions), Tattoo Girl, Painting You, and Artifacts (Williamstown Theatre Festival Workshop), and ANTI-KISS (3 Monkeys Theatrical Productions). She is the recipient of the Lois Roach Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Boston Theatre Community from Company One Theatre. She has a BFA from Boston University in theatre studies. This summer she will be moving to Ithaca, New York to become the Producing Artistic Director of the Kitchen Theatre Company.
Christopher Wigle is in his 14th season at the Huntington, where he works with Casting Director Alaine Alldaffer and production directors to identify, audition, and select the actors who appear in the Huntington's productions.
About Venus in Fur
Vanda has her eyes on the lead role in Venus in Fur, an adaptation of the classic erotic novel. Her charged audition for the director becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse as the lines blur between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex. This hilarious and sexy new comedy was a smash Broadway hit.
Rated V: Very adult comedy. Includes explicit language and sexual content.
"This savage, sexy, smart, and funny new play took my breath away. Director Daniel Goldstein set our stage on fire with God of Carnage, and I know he will make our new production the hottest date night in Boston."— Peter DuBois