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Some Small Magic

Fletcher Pierson

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Fletcher Pierson

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Some Small Magic is an interview series about path and craft - how they affect each other, and how they have shaped and been shaped by the artist who wields them. Join Fletcher Pierson as he travels Chicago and the country to learn contemporary artist's methods and theories, and discover their stories, their dreams, and their favorite moments of magic.

Latest Episodes

Adam Rose on Magic and the Body

Adam Rose is a dancer based in Chicago, and the Founder and Artistic Director of Antibody Corporation. Topics include the mind-body problem, fragmented adolescent theories, and spirituality. Music by SJ Roberts: Find more at sjroberts.bandcamp.com.

18 MIN2018 FEB 21
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Adam Rose on Magic and the Body

Corey Smith

ECorey Smith, an artist and friend, joins me for an informal chat about his recent show The New Prairie School, the Midwest the Neo-Futurists, objects, capital-P capital-A Performance Art, art galleries, and ambient fish. Music by SJ Roberts: Find more at sjroberts.bandcamp.com

143 MIN2018 JAN 24
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Corey Smith

Erica Mott

Erica Mott tells me about overcoming deep fear through joy and surprise, making new objects out of trash, learning from every voice, and the magical elements of presence. Music by SJ Roberts: Find more at sjroberts.bandcamp.com

61 MIN2018 JAN 10
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Erica Mott

Don Share on Poetry

Don Share is the editor of Poetry Magazine, the longest-running monthly English language periodical dedicated to poetry. We talk about the idealism of poetry, poetry's durability and portability, editing with a legacy, and the joy of literary magazines. Music by SJ Roberts. Find more at sjroberts.bandcamp.com.

47 MIN2017 DEC 20
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Don Share on Poetry

Christopher Knowlton on Object Performance

Cut from a recording that's being saved for a future project, here's a quick conversation between Christopher Knowlton and I about puppetry and object performance. Music by SJ Roberts: Find more at sjroberts.bandcamp.com

19 MIN2017 NOV 22
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Christopher Knowlton on Object Performance

Lee Mikeska Gardner

Lee Mikeska Gardner is the Artistic Director of the Nora Theatre Company in Cambridge, MA. We talk about the differences in Boston and D.C.'s arts scenes, collaborating with scientists, honesty in practice, and how to put the work first. Music by SJ Roberts: Find more at sjroberts.bandcamp.com.

70 MIN2017 NOV 8
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Lee Mikeska Gardner

Meghan Beals

This week, Meghan Beals, the Artistic Director of Chicago Dramatists, tells me about working with a legacy, being just a part of a process, building the new American canon, and that it's okay not to know. Music by SJ Roberts: Find more at sjroberts.bandcamp.com

50 MIN2017 OCT 25
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Meghan Beals

Liz Anderson

ESome Small Magic is back for Season 3! This time, we're focusing on the "Breadth of New Work," so we're kicking it off with Liz Anderson, a Chicago-based writer and comedian who creates one-of-a-kind theatrical events. We talk about how she makes the One Woman No Show, the showmanship of wrestling, and, of course, yelling at ghosts. Music by SJ Roberts: Find more at sjroberts.bandcamp.com.

39 MIN2017 OCT 11
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Liz Anderson

Thom Pasculli

Closing out the 2nd season of Some Small Magic, Walkabout Theater Company's Thom Pasculli and I talk about vitality, making a way to make theatre, learning to touch your toes, the obligation in ritual, and investing in our imaginations. Music by SJ Roberts: Find more at sjroberts.bandcamp.com. There won't be a bonus episode between Season 2 and Season 3, so the next episode will be out in 4 weeks instead of 2, on 10/11/17.

48 MIN2017 SEP 13
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Thom Pasculli

Vanessa Valliere

EVanessa Valliere - a Chicago-based performer with Manual Cinema and Mucca Pazza who toured with Tour de Fat, and now takes her puppet shows around the country - tells me about the pain of creating, swing dancing in Japan, finding one's place in the ensemble, and trying not to eat your puppets. Music by S.J. Roberts: Find more at sjroberts.bandcamp.com

68 MIN2017 AUG 30
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Vanessa Valliere

Latest Episodes

Adam Rose on Magic and the Body

Adam Rose is a dancer based in Chicago, and the Founder and Artistic Director of Antibody Corporation. Topics include the mind-body problem, fragmented adolescent theories, and spirituality. Music by SJ Roberts: Find more at sjroberts.bandcamp.com.

18 MIN2018 FEB 21
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Adam Rose on Magic and the Body

Corey Smith

ECorey Smith, an artist and friend, joins me for an informal chat about his recent show The New Prairie School, the Midwest the Neo-Futurists, objects, capital-P capital-A Performance Art, art galleries, and ambient fish. Music by SJ Roberts: Find more at sjroberts.bandcamp.com

143 MIN2018 JAN 24
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Corey Smith

Erica Mott

Erica Mott tells me about overcoming deep fear through joy and surprise, making new objects out of trash, learning from every voice, and the magical elements of presence. Music by SJ Roberts: Find more at sjroberts.bandcamp.com

61 MIN2018 JAN 10
Comments
Erica Mott

Don Share on Poetry

Don Share is the editor of Poetry Magazine, the longest-running monthly English language periodical dedicated to poetry. We talk about the idealism of poetry, poetry's durability and portability, editing with a legacy, and the joy of literary magazines. Music by SJ Roberts. Find more at sjroberts.bandcamp.com.

47 MIN2017 DEC 20
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Don Share on Poetry

Christopher Knowlton on Object Performance

Cut from a recording that's being saved for a future project, here's a quick conversation between Christopher Knowlton and I about puppetry and object performance. Music by SJ Roberts: Find more at sjroberts.bandcamp.com

19 MIN2017 NOV 22
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Christopher Knowlton on Object Performance

Lee Mikeska Gardner

Lee Mikeska Gardner is the Artistic Director of the Nora Theatre Company in Cambridge, MA. We talk about the differences in Boston and D.C.'s arts scenes, collaborating with scientists, honesty in practice, and how to put the work first. Music by SJ Roberts: Find more at sjroberts.bandcamp.com.

70 MIN2017 NOV 8
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Lee Mikeska Gardner

Meghan Beals

This week, Meghan Beals, the Artistic Director of Chicago Dramatists, tells me about working with a legacy, being just a part of a process, building the new American canon, and that it's okay not to know. Music by SJ Roberts: Find more at sjroberts.bandcamp.com

50 MIN2017 OCT 25
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Meghan Beals

Liz Anderson

ESome Small Magic is back for Season 3! This time, we're focusing on the "Breadth of New Work," so we're kicking it off with Liz Anderson, a Chicago-based writer and comedian who creates one-of-a-kind theatrical events. We talk about how she makes the One Woman No Show, the showmanship of wrestling, and, of course, yelling at ghosts. Music by SJ Roberts: Find more at sjroberts.bandcamp.com.

39 MIN2017 OCT 11
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Liz Anderson

Thom Pasculli

Closing out the 2nd season of Some Small Magic, Walkabout Theater Company's Thom Pasculli and I talk about vitality, making a way to make theatre, learning to touch your toes, the obligation in ritual, and investing in our imaginations. Music by SJ Roberts: Find more at sjroberts.bandcamp.com. There won't be a bonus episode between Season 2 and Season 3, so the next episode will be out in 4 weeks instead of 2, on 10/11/17.

48 MIN2017 SEP 13
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Thom Pasculli

Vanessa Valliere

EVanessa Valliere - a Chicago-based performer with Manual Cinema and Mucca Pazza who toured with Tour de Fat, and now takes her puppet shows around the country - tells me about the pain of creating, swing dancing in Japan, finding one's place in the ensemble, and trying not to eat your puppets. Music by S.J. Roberts: Find more at sjroberts.bandcamp.com

68 MIN2017 AUG 30
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Vanessa Valliere