“Shawn seamlessly blends deathly serious themes with his unique brand of absurd humor.”
Zachary Stewart, Theater Mania
“[Wallace Shawn’s] most perfect alarm, arriving at the necessary moment.”
Jesse Green, Vulture.com
The Intercept presents “Evening at the Talk House,” a three-part audio play by award-winning actor and playwright Wallace Shawn, starring Matthew Broderick, Shawn, Larry Pine, Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, John Epperson, Claudia Shear and Annapurna Sriram
New York, NY – April 18, 2018 – The Intercept, in collaboration with Topic Studios, is proud to present “Evening at the Talk House,” a darkly comic audio play by award-winning actor and playwright Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride, My Dinner with Andre) about the insidious dangers of an authoritarian society.
Following its limited off-Broadway run as a live theater piece directed by Scott Elliott, this audio drama is now available in three 30-minute acts, starting today, via a partnership with the podcast Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill.
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This audio dramatization of “Evening at the Talk House” brings back the award-winning cast featured in the off-Broadway play, which premiered in 2017 under the direction of Scott Elliott, for the New Group: actors Matthew Broderick (The Producers), Wallace Shawn, Larry Pine (The Royal Tenenbaums), Jill Eikenberry (Young Adult), Michael Tucker (L.A. Law), Claudia Shear (Blown Sideways Through Life), John Epperson (Lypsinka), and Annapurna Sriram (Billions). The audio drama was produced and directed by Pejk Malinovski, with Jeremy Scahill and Leital Molad serving as Executive Producers.
Returning to an exploration of authoritarian societies, a recurring theme in his work, Wallace Shawn tells the story of an intimate group of writers and performers who reunite to celebrate a beloved, failed collaboration from their past. But the world is now very different, and more quietly dangerous – and so are they. As drinks and hors d’oeuvres are consumed, small talk evolves into more sinister topics — and it’s slowly revealed that some of these friendly acquaintances have committed morally questionable acts.
“I think of myself as a pretty innocent person,” said Wallace Shawn in a recent interview with Jeremy Scahill. “I act in rather innocent TV shows, but, you know, when I pay my taxes those dollars go directly to the Saudis who are committing massacres in Yemen. I’m paying for it.”
Shawn continues: “The play reflects this reality that we Americans don’t see violence, and we don’t even see the ugly side of ourselves. We just sort of pay for it.”
Wallace Shawn is an American playwright and actor whose first plays, “Our Late Night” (winner of an Obie Award), and “A Thought in Three Parts,” were widely discussed and celebrated. He went on to co-star, as well as co-write, Louis Malle’s celebrated film My Dinner with Andre (1981) with André Gregory. His other live action roles include The Princess Bride (1987), Vanya on 42nd Street (1994), and Clueless (1995).
Shawn’s 1985 play “Aunt Dan and Lemon” won him a second Obie, and “The Fever,” which opened in 1991, gave him a third. Other recent plays include “The Designated Mourner” and “Grasses of a Thousand Colors.” His recently released book “Night Thoughts” was referred to as “a compelling diagnosis of the world’s injustice” by the San Francisco Chronicle.
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