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It's “That Guy… Who Was in That Thing” meets "WTF" 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. 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 5, 2015

Guest: Jason Paul Smith


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0:01:40 Laura met Jason at his theatre company "Three Cat Productions"- which he created to make a home for artists to come and take risks with their work. Beginning with the "Three Cat Variety Hour"

0:08:10 Giving exposure to new works is one of the cornerstones of Three Cat Productions

0:19:20 Jason didn't have a clear organizational vision for Three Cat, but knew what he wanted to achieve

0:22:46 In hosting his new works reading series, Jason has learned who is typically receptive to feedback and who is not. 

0:28:45 Jason is creating a workshop to help playwrights who are new to theatre

0:32:00 The Joseph Jefferson Awards are like the Chicago version of the Tony Awards. Jason was on the committee and had to see many, many plays…

0:38:36 In addition to being an artistic director, he is also a playwright. His first work was "Consulting Mavis Or How I Got My Ass Out Of North Dakota And Remained Sane"

0:47:20 With Three Cat Productions, he wants to give artists a place to take risks and fail in a safe space 

1:02:10 Three Cat Productions' Chicago New Work Festival Runs January 17 thru February 7- there are two readings a day, one at Noon and one at 3pm. Check out the Gala Opening Event is on January 17, lots of fine art and storytelling- Also, be on the lookout for his next directorial effort "Don't Mess With Bill" coming in March!


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Intro Music: "Are You Famous, Yet?"

Written and Performed by Laura Scruggs

Outro Music: The Devil Is In The Beats

Performed By: The Chemical Brothers