In our sixth in a series of audio interviews with local artistic directors, Thomas Riccio talks to Stage West founder Jerry Russell and its artistic director, Jim Covault.
Riccio is a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, a playwright, director, world traveler and theater-maker. In the spring of 2010, he wrote a series of essays for TheaterJones about his experience with making theater in Ethiopia in 2009. The first of those, which links to the others, is here. He also recently started his own theater company, Dead White Zombies.
Russell founded Stage West in 1977, and Covault became a regular soon after. They both direct and act on its stage, which has moved a few times in more than 30 years.
In this one, Riccio has a conversation with Russell and Covault about the theater's origins, the history, supporting Texas playwrights and the differences between Fort Worth and Dallas theater.
Listen below (it opens a new window for the player so you can continue to browse the Internet):