Twins Talk Theatre

Twins Cynthia Hennon Marino and Stacy Hennon Stone host a weekly podcast talking to the people behind the curtains. Take a trip back stage to learn what it takes to put on a production: design process, music study and execution, paperwork, meetings, management, unions, and all the excitement backstage that the audience doesn’t get to see. Enjoy the show!

056 - Shara Abvabi

October 26th, 2018

Shara Abvabi may focus on lighting, but she is no stranger to stage management. She talks about how being a stage manager helped her learn how to communicate with other stage managers and designers on the production team to make the show as smooth as possible. Because of these skills, and being in the right place at the right time, Shara has become the resident lighting designer and production manager at the beautiful Malibu Playhouse. When not there, you can see her work all over the Los Angeles area ranging from dance to straight plays to musicals! All holding their own challenges and all needing lights and projections to play a different part.

You can see Shara's web page at


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055 - Jakob Lehmann

October 19th, 2018

Today we interview Jakob Lehmann. Jakob was born and raised in Berlin, Germany, where he still resides, on occasion. He comes from a long line of musicians and picked up the violin at the age of 7. He has a fascination with romantic and classic music, not just the music, but how it was played, how the members were arranged, and what period instruments were used. He wants to bring back the source as much as possible. He sees it as "Building a bridge between our time and a time long gone".


You can learn more about Jakob and his impressive life at



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054 - Johnathan Bearclaw Hart

October 12th, 2018

This week we interview Technical Director Johnathan Bearclaw Hart. Cindy worked with Bearclaw​ on "Faust" at Portland Opera​. Portland Opera is the first opera he has worked at, in any capacity and he tells us some of the differences and challenges he faces switching from Musical Theatre to Opera. A big one being that operas rent a lot more sets, that then need to fit into a space they were not originally designed for. But he loves puzzles! So it worked out great for him.

Enjoy the show! 


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053 - Joel B New

October 5th, 2018

This week we interview Joel B. New. He decided to try acting at the age of 10, and was immediately cast as Oliver in Oliver!  Not bad for a first role.  By age 12 he started piano lessons. He received a BM in Musical Theatre performance with a minor in piano from Oklahoma City University.  Followed up by a Masters in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU.  This is where he found his home and has stayed in NYC since then.   Joel has written musicals, song cycles, did a theatre podcast for 5 years and produced concerts of his music.  It was amazing to hear about his process of creating music and how he shares it with the performers.  Loving to hear how a new performer interprets his music.  He has a new concert this Saturday, October 6th at the new Green Room 42 in NYC.  GO GET TICKETS!

You can learn more about Joel and all his facinating projects at  

The team of Joel's Saturday show "Joel B. New is Trying Too Hard":

Musical Direction by Gillian Berkowitz (Avenue Q)
Directed by Twitter-verified Robbie Rozelle. 

Madge Dietrich (Kinky Boots)
CK Edwards (Shuffle Along)
Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Women On The Verge…)
Victoria Huston-Elem (Finding Neverland)
Travis Kent (Disaster!)
Richard Riaz Yoder (Hello, Dolly!)
Ben Roseberry (Gentleman’s Guide…)
Hansel Tan (The Four Immigrants)
Michael Winther (Fun Home)




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