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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.

Mar 16, 2015


Guest: Blake Levinson 

3:12 - How Blake came to write "By Reason of Sanity"

5:18 - A Battered therapist who is counseling a client who is suffering from domestic violence

5:57 - "By Reason of Sanity" is now a tool for training programs for mental healthcare professionals

8:20 - "The Wretched of the Earth" 

9:11 - the time Blake and Laura ended up at the same production of "The Glass Menagerie"

11:13 - "By Reason of Sanity" is being cut into a video and during an intense moment when the therapist gets slapped in the face as part of an exercise, some people in the audience laughed.

17:44 - How do we get better at promoting ourselves?  Blake heard that we should think of it as a part of the creative process.

19:10 - Jake's dad makes beautiful sculpture, but doesn't like to promote himself but we do:

21:30 - Laura got to be Amelia the ostrich in an adaptation of "Woo, Woo, Woo Amelia” written by Blake.

29:19 - Blake's influences:  Aaron Sorkin/"" and Shakespeare

35:35 - Originally, there was no funding for "Whiplash," producer created a 17-minute piece to promote it to make the movie happen!

39:04 - Blake's 10 minute "Lost Bar Mitzvah Speech of Jesus" is now being turned into a full-length play

41:47 - Staged reading of the "Lost Bar Mitzvah Speech of Jesus" on June 2nd at Piven Theater in Evanston through Writer's Bloc 

50:00 - How Blake started Hamaste':  with a girl

53:45 - Contact Blake at blevinson. at ameritech dot net


54:00 - Next "By Reason of Sanity" reading at 9 am April 17th at Dominican University


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Edited/Notes by Laura and Jake Scruggs. Intro Music: "Are You Famous, Yet?” - Laura Scruggs. Outro Music: "The Devil Is In The Beats” - The Chemical Brothers