Lou Harry Gets Real
“Rita from Across the Street” presented by Indy Pod Theater

“Rita from Across the Street” presented by Indy Pod Theater

March 5, 2020

Indy Pod Theater, a podcast dedicated to presenting, preserving, and sharing the work of Indiana playwrights and actors offers its debut production:  "Rita from Across the Street" by Lou Harry.

About "Rita from Across the Street":

Set in a New Jersey seaside town, this gentle comedy / drama focuses on a former boardwalk business owner who cares for his troubled brother while forging connections with the family that moves in next door for the summer. As weeks pass, secrets are revealed, the merits of front vs. back porches are debated, and lives are awakened. "Rita From Across the Street" has been workshopped in Indianapolis and presented as a reading in New York City.

 

The Cast:

Donna: Jenni White

Mark: Clay Mabbitt

Connie: Kelsey Leigh Miller

Rose: Lexy Weixel

Narrator / Joey: John Thomas

"Rita from Across the Street" was recorded before a live audience at the Aristocrat Pub & Restaurant, November 17, 2019. This episode contains explicit language.

Indy Pod Theater warmly thanks the following for generously supporting this endeavor:

  • The Aristocrat Pub & Restaurant, (5212 N. College Ave. in Indy)S for graciously hosting us and providing consistently excellent food and service to our audience. Learn more about the Aristocrat here: https://aristocratpub.com/
  • Our live audience, whose moral support (and ticket purchases) keep us going.
  • Cara Jean Wahlers for permitting us to use a segment of her song “Chinatown” as our theme music.  For more information about Cara, see: http://musicalfamilytree.com/band/cara_jean_wahlers

About Indy Pod Theater:

Works by Indiana playwrights gain a new platform with Indy Pod Theater, quarterly script-in-hand play readings recorded for podcast before a live audience. Produced by the creators of the Lou Harry Gets Real podcast and the SiteLines Indy play-reading series, Indy Pod Theater features professional actors reading scripts submitted by playwrights and chosen by an independent panel.

For more information on Indy Pod Theater, email indypodtheater@gmail.com

 

Finding Our Rhythm

Finding Our Rhythm

February 6, 2020

Are you ready for the Oscars? What were the best movies of 2019? Host Lou Harry, movie critic Evan Dossey and media expert Ed Wenck discuss (and sometimes disagree).   

Nothing in this episode went as planned. Our featured guest, acclaimed drummer Kenny Phelps, nearly missed the show. His drum kit definitely did.  Kenny and Lou ‘find their rhythm’ however and recover beautifully.  Kenny improvises a performance pulling from a hodgepodge of small percussion instruments we had on hand.  Serendipity has rewards – Kenny’s performance is captivating.

This episode was recorded before a lively audience in the Oxford Room above the Aristocrat Pub in Indianapolis on January 19, 2020.

This episode contains mild explicit language.

Lou Harry’s Cultural Update Jan. - Feb. 2020

Lou Harry’s Cultural Update Jan. - Feb. 2020

January 21, 2020

Lou Harry offers recommendations for cultural events taking place in and around Central Indiana mid-January to mid-February 2020.

Recorded live in the Oxford Room above the Aristocrat Pub in Indianapolis, January 19, 2020 as part of Lou Harry Gets Real with Kenny Phelps.

Julia Whitehead, CEO of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library, joins Lou at the table to share KVML news, including the opening a new restuarant, The Mr. Rosewater Cafe, later this year.  Mr. Rosewater is headed by acclaimed restauranteur Tom Battista, who was not only in the audience the night of the taping, but was a featured guest on a previous Gets Real episode, found here:

https://louharrygetsreal.podbean.com/e/battist-buffett-city-development/

Lou Harry's Cultural Update is generously sponsored by the Aristocrat Pub in Indianapolis.

Lou Harry’s Cultural Update 11/19 to 1/20

Lou Harry’s Cultural Update 11/19 to 1/20

November 18, 2019

Lou Harry offers recommendations for cultural events taking place in and around Central Indiana mid-November 2019 to early January 2020.

Recorded live in the Oxford Room above the Aristocrat Pub in Indianapolis, November 17, 2019 before Indy Pod Theater's live cast reading of Lou's play "Rita From Across the Street."

Lou Harry's Cultural Update is sponsored by the Aristocrat Pub in Indianapolis.

Wildstylin’

Wildstylin’

November 3, 2019

Lou Harry welcomes Indianapolis hip hop producer, photographer and community leader Wildstyle DaProducer who brings with him one of his main musical collaborators, rapper Pope Adrian Bless (accompanied by guitarist Grim).

Comedian, writer, director, producer, actor and musician Daryl Hollonquest Jr. jumps in as Lou's co-host.  In a special segment Mr. Hollonquest demonstrates his skills as a life coach / marriage counselor as he advises volunteers from the audience. 

This episode was recorded before a live audience in the Oxford Room above the Aristocrat Pub in Indianapolis on October 20, 2019.

This episode contains explicit language.

Storytime with Jim Ansaldo

Storytime with Jim Ansaldo

October 23, 2019

Improv comic Jim Ansaldo's take on a beloved children's story.  This segment is pulled from Episode 10 of Lou Harry Gets Real - "The Golden Palace." Recorded before a live audience, September 15, 2019, in the Oxford Room above the Aristocrat Pub in Indianapolis.

Lou Harry’s Cultural Update Mid-Oct. to Mid-Nov. 2019

Lou Harry’s Cultural Update Mid-Oct. to Mid-Nov. 2019

October 22, 2019

Here Lou Harry and co-host Daryl Hollonquest Jr. offer recommendations for cultural events happening around Central Indiana mid-October to mid-November.  Lou also announces new plans for the show in 2020 -- quarterly live play readings.  We held a successful live reading of Steven Dietz's "Bloomsday" in June, but due to rights restrictions we could not record or podcast the play.  Moving forward we will record reading of plays by local playwrights and offer them online.  Few podcasts in the US currently offer this type of programming.  This project will give Hoosier playwrights and actors national and international exposure.

The first play of this new experiment takes place Sunday, Nov. 17 in the Oxford Room above the Aristocrat Pub in Indianapolis.  For more information about this event, please join our mailing list by sending your first and last names to producer Pat Chastain at: patchastain@gmail.com.

Lou Harry Gets Real is generously sponsored by the Aristocrat Pub & Restaurant at 52nd and College in Indianapolis, located just steps from a Red Line stop. We could not do the show without them!  Please show your support for them (and us) by dropping by for a meal or two. https://aristocratpub.com/ 

This podcast was recorded before a live audience on Sunday, October 20, 2019 in the Oxford Room.

 

The Golden Palace

The Golden Palace

October 14, 2019

In this Lou Harry Gets Real we celebrate the show's first anniversary with interview guest Shannon Forsell, Artistic Director & CEO of the nationally-recognized Cabaret, an arts organization that promotes and elevates the cabaret art form.   

Lou's musical guest is singer / songwriter Joshua Powell, who handcrafts a strange and literate brand of psychedelic indie rock that is both socially conscious and spiritually turbulent. Joshua performs three original songs here, including one so new it has not yet been released.

Joining the mix as Lou's sidekick is improv comic Jim Ansaldo. Jim discusses his use of improv comedy in working with autistic children. He also improvises a twisted take on classic fairy tale.

This episode was recorded before a live audience in the Oxford Room above the Aristocrat Pub in Indianapolis on September 15, 2019.

 

Lou Harry’s Cultural Update Mid-Sept to Mid-Oct 2019

Lou Harry’s Cultural Update Mid-Sept to Mid-Oct 2019

September 18, 2019

Lou Harry and show guests Shannon Forsell and Jim Ansaldo offer recommendations for cultural events taking place in Central Indiana mid-September to mid-October 2019. Lou also makes an exciting announcement about new plans for the show coming later this year.

Recorded live in the Oxford Room above the Aristocrat Pub in Indianapolis, September 15, 2019 as part of the Lou Harry Gets Real show.

Battista, Buffett & City Development

Battista, Buffett & City Development

September 10, 2019

This episode of Lou Harry Gets Real features Tom Battista, Jimmy Buffett's stage manager, Indy restauranteur and cultural visionary.  The charming old time music group The Half Step Sisters deliver jaunty and sweet performances of four songs.  Paige Scott, a delightful musical composer, playwright, actor and improv comic works as Lou's sidekick, adding her witty views on the creative process.  This show was recorded before a live and downright happy audience on August 11, 2019 at the Aristocrat Pub's Oxford Room in Indianapolis.