Theater

Episode 135: Anaïs Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin

R&A  “Failure is a very creative place,” asserts James Nicola, artistic director of New York Theater Workshop where singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin developed their flamboyantly successful Hadestown, a folk opera based on the Orpheus myth. But is failure really so useful, or is it just, well, failure? Rachel and Anaïs consider that question, describe the quailites of a good local bar, and report on the whereabouts of Smoke, the lost-and-presumed-dead cat. And yes, they sing. Gloriously.

  • james nicola PERSON: James Nicola
  • high dive PLACE: the High Dive bar
  • evelyn mic THING: the Evelyn microphone
  • charlotte charke RANDY’S PERSON: Charlotte Charke

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