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It's “That Guy… Who Was in That Thing” meets “The Nerdist Podcast” but with people even less well known! Sure it's fun to interview the crazy famous and ask them about the difficult years, but that's been done and they won't return our calls. Memories are plastic - we're getting the real dirt from people still crawling through it. Laura Scruggs is the playwright and Jake Scruggs is the technical guy who listens to a lot of “This American Life” and thinks that qualifies him to interview people.

Jan 11, 2016

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3:50 - frustrating experiences in Chicago theatre

10:00 - No Shame Theatre 

13:16 - How did they come up with their name, "Pure and Weary?"

14:12 - Highlights and challenges of comedy festival experiences

Jan 4, 2016

tldr; Jake gets drunk (sorry about the slurring, drink sounds, anything he says) and Laura is sweet and supportive. The show will go on.

02:02 - Official statement from Bryn and Nilsa about leaving the podcast.

04:59 - Jake asks how does Laura feel about the podcast?

07:11 - Laura has a lot to talk about; she will be in...

Jan 1, 2016

3:36 - What does Rachel love about new play development?

9:45 - What brought Rachel to Chicago and Chicago Dramatists?

13:02 - What was it like to work with Russ Tutterow?

18:55 - What sets Chicago Dramatists apart as The Playwrights Theatre?

29:40 - Jake's question about money and producing new work

35:38 - How would...

Dec 28, 2015

1:28 - Why does Meghan love working with new plays and what brought Meghan to Chicago Dramatists?

6:22 - What was it like to work with Russ Tutterow?

8:36 - What is an Associate Artistic Director?

10:44 - Meghan was in charge of the Network when Laura joined & made her feel very welcome

17:10 - The dirty secret about...

Dec 21, 2015

01:49 - Felisha's high of her acting career:  Winning the Jeff award for "Jar the Floor.”

02:48 - She's been working with the eta since early 90's

05:14 - About Runako Jahi - “for some reason, he and I just jive…"

10:30 - How did Felisha get into theatre?

21:39 - Equus in Barrington

23:34 - Felisha left theatre in...