Quick Start Podcast

Listen in to Quick Start, The Rep’s new behind-the-scenes podcast. For each episode, we sit down with an actor from one of our Mainstage productions to explore the world of the play. We’ll talk characters, themes, issues raised by the play, historical background and other details you won’t hear anywhere else.



Kathleen Wise drops by the Quick Start Podcast to talk about playing the real-life diplomatic rock star Mona Juul in Oslo, as well as honing her Norwegian accent and working with Rep artistic director Steven Woolf.


Carl Howell joins the Quick Start podcast to discuss Alabama Story, his lifelong fandom of Bruce Springsteen and how to speak with a convincing Alabaman accent – one vowel sound at a time.


Laurel Casillo, who plays Mother in The Rep's production of A Christmas Story, talks about why the original movie continues to endure, as well as her own family's holiday traditions.


Michael James Reed joins the Quick Start podcast to discuss The Rep's production of A Doll's House, Part 2, plus his lengthy and varied acting career – including numerous productions at The Rep.


Sean MacLaughlin (Juan Perón in Evita) hung out with us to discuss the musical's 2013 national tour, meeting Sir Tim Rice and his epic prank war with co-star Michelle Aravena.



Husband-and-wife acting duo Ted Deasy and Gina Daniels sat down with us to go behind the scenes of Born Yesterday. We discussed their characters, the fantastic costumes and set, and the rehearsal process.


Fajer Kaisi of The Humans stopped by to discuss his character in this four-time Tony Award-winning play, as well as the show's focus on family, carving a real turkey carcass on stage every night, and representation in Hollywood.


Morgan Kirner of The Marvelous Wonderettes helps us dive into the show's phenomenal playlist, while also shedding light on the rehearsal process and explaining how audience participation helps keep the show fresh.


We spoke with Miles G. Jackson, who plays Arthur de Bourgh in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, about his crash course in Jane Austen, keeping his naturally sarcastic sense of humor in check during scenes and how unspoken emotions are just as important as spoken dialogue in this play.


We talked with Kim Wong, who plays Ophelia in Hamlet, about her Shakespeare nerdom, how to listen to The Bard's works as an audience member, and why students really shouldn't be afraid of his plays.