Education Director, Brooke Smith says, “Last week, me and every other living woman in my immediate family watched Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women. I laughed, I cried, I had a mini-existential crisis over my place in the creative world, so, all in all, it was a supremely successful afternoon. For real, whether you’re an old fan of the book or a new convert, you will love it. Gerwig puts her own spin on the story that feels truthful to both the March sisters and Louisa May Alcott and her real life story. Take your sister, your mother, your grandmother, and all of the men in your life because they need to see this story of powerful women too!
PS. Bonus points if you saw our 2018 production of Little Women! You’ll definitely find some familiar gems in the film!”
Jason Richards, our Executive Artistic Director said, “My first rec of 2020 is Gimlet Media. (I am choosing Gimlet because they offer recommendation from their staff and I shamelessly stole their idea!) Gimlet Media is a company that creates podcasts. They make some of my faves including, Reply All, Heavyweight, Surprisingly Awesome, and StartUp. Gimlet offers a wide variety of podcasts that play to many different tastes. They manage to be thought provoking and interesting but still remain entertaining. Their podcast StartUp is about how they became a company that makes podcasts. So, it’s a meta adventure into their own staff and culture. It is endlessly fascinating to me. Check them out!" https://gimletmedia.com/shows
Isaac Bont our Marketing Director said, “It seems silly to advertise for a competing theatre company, but there are hundreds of theatre companies based in Minneapolis, so I'm still going to do it. Trademark Theatre is devoted to making new theatre experiences that combine avant garde storytelling with exceptional movement and music-based works, especially when created by their talented husband-wife Artistic Directors Tyler Michaels King and Emily Michaels King. I've no affiliation with them, just the recommendation of my partner, Katie Langemo. Boy, was it a good recommendation. I saw three pieces by them last year: Understood (a stunning play about political polarization), Magic Girl (a one woman play by Emily Michaels King), and The Hollow (a dance piece that showcased a visualization of an experimental concept indie rock album....it was wild). These folks are making some really incredible, new work, and the three pieces I've seen them do knocked it out of the park. I will be at everything they ever make that I can! A strange connection to Festival I learned later when studying their work is that they were involved with a touring show that came to Festival called the Seven Shot Symphony, which was also just incredible. Learn more about them at the websites below!”
TD Peter Weber says, “Writer Aaron Mahnke delivers a chilling and historical journey though different cultures tales from the darkness. This modern look at what goes bump in the night is a must for history buffs and horror fans. The podcast is released biweekly on Mondays, so each month you get to look forward to new episodes of thrilling adventures that dive into our cultural mythos. My favorite episodes are about the sea and the legends that have formed out of that dark unknown. Here’s a link.”
I hope you enjoy this month’s recs! See in February for the next installment of Festival Faves.