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!

061 - Opera Columbus Madama Butterfly - Part 2

November 30th, 2018


In part 2 of our discussion with the Madama Butterfly team at Opera Columbus we learn why director Crystal Manich has stopped using the word "traditional" and started thinking "traditional production approach" to differentiate the "tradition" of the staging vs the "tradition" of the music.   And how she finds the heightened moments of the opera to help tell the psychological story of the characters and their relationship.  This team has given us hope for the future of the classics.



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060 - Opera Columbus Madama Butterfly - Part 1

November 23rd, 2018

Butterfly_Friday_1_.jpgToday we welcome Director Crystal Manich, Choreographer Susa Van Pelt Petry, Set and Costume Designer Court Watson and Lighting and Projection Designer Tlaloc Lopez-Watermann as we discuss why doing a show like Madame Butterfly is important in 2018 and how a company can "re-tell" a story that so many people think they know WITHOUT changing the music or the words.

The conversation was so good we didn't want to limit it to one hour, so enjoy this episode and stay tuned for the second part next week!





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059 - Farrell Hirsch

November 16th, 2018

Farrell Hirsch has had quite the varied and exciting career in the entertainment world from script writing for TV sitcoms, to helping start the Ovation Awards in LA, to starting and running Sirius XM Radio's Playboy Radio. After retiring from Playboy Radio he was recruited to be the CEO of Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, CA.

You can find out more about The Muck at


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058 - Steven Austin Younkins

November 9th, 2018

Steven Austin Younkins spends half of his year as the Audio Supervisor for STAGES ST. LOUIS and the other half running Q2Q Comics and hanging out with his amazing girlfriend Liz and their 2 very helpful kitties. Because the only thing more helpful and cute than kitties might be La Ropasucia! Especially when Steve's mom and sister hand knit them. 
Make sure you listen all the way through the podcast to hear Stacy and Steve nerd out over Dungeons and Dragons figure painting, the talented Matt mercer with Critical Role and of course, The Adventure Zone. Even back stage people need a little break and game time!

You can find all the comics, merchandise and ways to support Steve's work at



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057 - Bridget Reilly Beauchamp

November 2nd, 2018

Bridget Reilly Beauchamp always wanted to start a theatre company names Pulley And Buttonhole Theatre named from a poem she always loved: ""I want to be famous in the way a Pulley is famous, or a Buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular, but because it never forgot what it could do." - From Famous by Naomi Shihab Nye. Bridget is the Artistic Director and often the director of their 3 play season. When not directing she feels her job is to act as a sound board and back stop for the Director; giving support while not hovering. It is also to be the goat for the thoroughbreds. Go ahead and listen to understand her amazing reference!

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