Michael Blackwood reads Rumor Race, by Scott Kaiser. Michael shares his response to the story and source material. Then, Scott and Olena discuss the inspiration behind the story, and the play on which it's based. Please note, this episode contains explicit content.
Tales from the Vomitorium: 38 Short Stories by Scott Kaiser is sponsored in part by Whidbey Telecom, the Goosefoot Community Fund, and The Goose Community Grocer.
Michael Blackwood (Reader, he/him) grew up in Washington State. He spent several years in Seattle, appearing as Bettina Barnes in Psycho Beach Party (Fantastic Z), Chester in Bad Panda (Fantastic Z), and Heinrich in the sold-out 2018 run of A Very Die Hard Christmas (Marxiano Productions with Seattle Public Theater). He appeared in the 2018 ISF Summer Season as Emilio in Othello, Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night, and, perhaps his favorite role to date, as Mrs. Jennings in Sense and Sensibility. Since then, Michael has been pursuing an MFA in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin University. As part of his degree, he performs with the American Shakespeare Center at the Blackfriars Theatre in Staunton, Virginia. He will graduate in the spring of 2021, and hopes to see the fair isle of Whidbey again soon!
Scott Kaiser (he/him; Author) is a nationally recognized master teacher of acting and voice, as well as a director, playwright, and author. For 28 seasons, Scott served as a member of the artistic staff at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, where he directed, adapted, coached, or performed in all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays. Scott is the author of four books on Shakespeare: Have Shakespeare, Will Travel; The Tao of Shakespeare; Shakespeare’s Wordcraft; and Mastering Shakespeare. He has also penned several original plays, including Falstaff in Love, Love’s Labor’s Won, Now This, Splittin’ the Raft, and Shakespeare’s Other Women: A New Anthology of Monologues. Scott has directed at numerous theatre training programs around the country, including Carnegie-Mellon University, The University of Washington, Duke University, Seattle University, Santa Clara University, the University of Oregon, and Southern Oregon University. Scott holds an ADVS from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, an MFA from the University of Washington Professional Actor Training Program in Seattle, and a BA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
What is Tales from the Vomitorium: 38 Short Stories by Scott Kaiser?
A podcast from Island Shakespeare Festival featuring short stories and conversation inspired by Shakespeare's canon and the lives of theatre people. Stories written by Scott Kaiser (he/him) and read by ISF company members.