On Revealing and Mystery

The subject of the podcast revealing too much about a show’s plot and thereby ruining the mystery (and therefore preventing people from actually seeing said show) was raised last week during a twitter exchange. This is my ongoing concern, and it was raised the same day I recorded the episode with Mike Hallenbeck, which required careful treading. Before recording, Joseph Scrimshaw and I discussed how much of a song would be played, as they are essential to the show experience, as playing entire tracks doesn’t leave much for an audience member to experience themselves when they see Sexy Librarian. In addition, Mike Hallenbeck and I decided on songs largely because they didn’t reveal more plot than then necessary. Before the podcast went up, I sent it over to Joe for a final review–which isn’t something I typically do, but thought it was best course of action since the podcast contained portions of his intellectual property.

I wonder often if instead of my current track I should be doing episodes centered more on making theatrical art–which I’ve dabbled in but haven’t committed to outright. The series on Outrageous Fortune and the roundtables on acting, directing and stage managing show how this might work. Current podcast episodes tend to be artist and show driven–if I want to talk about an artist’s work, I get in touch with them and we set up a show. I’ve wanted to have Joel Sass on the podcast for a long time, and naturally we would talk about Next Fall, but the episode is predominantly about him. This process goes through phases–sometimes I’m centered on the artists, sometimes shows. In the case of shows, hopefully not much beyond the general plot is revealed. Maybe I should issue thpoilerth warnings?

Of late, I’m not certain this is the correct track to take, and maybe the show should instead be focused on issues/news within the Twin Cities and national/international theatre community. I’d like this to happen more often, as it occurs very rarely. I’ve thought off and on about doing this on an alternating basis with the current format, since I think it would expand the audience of the podcast while also highlighting shows that catch my interest. For example, each month would have four podcasts–two devoted to artists/shows of note and two devoted to issues and current events.

At any rate, we’ll see what the future holds. Right now it’s difficult to see beyond Fringe time.

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