Episode 51: Anatomy of a GenderQueer

This is the FIRST-EVER explict Heads Up Arts Radio. Not because we deem the material explicit, but because there are segments of the population who might be offended. And because some of the “surgery speak” might be a little yicky. (If you get grossed out by the plastic surgery shows on TV, you might want […]

“Finding Joe” is a Call to Adventure

When I was a teenager, any time it came up, I would tell people that I was my own hero. In fact, my favorite song was Hero in Me by Jeffery Gaines. My response was intended to be glib, full of winking narcissism. Eventually, that went by the wayside. As an adult, nobody asks you […]

New World Performance Lab’s Studio 2 Inaugural Production makes a Powerful Political Statement

“How can someone have teeth like that and still procreate,” asks a driver who has been taken hostage by the two title characters in the New World Performance Laboratory Studio 2 production of A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians. To be honest, this is a question I ask myself whenever I encounter couples where one […]

The Curious Case of Benjamin Rexroad

“Don’t get it twisted: Akron is a creative place. And any town with enough artistic juju in the ether to produce Chrissie Hynde, Devo and The Black Keys has got to be incubating the next generation of brash, up-and-coming artists right this very moment. Enter Heads Up Productions and its plucky managing artistic director, Benjamin […]

Do or Do Not. There is No Try.

A few months ago, on The Huffington Post, I read an article by the media maven herself, Arianna Huffington, about the crisis in our country and how politicians want to be “caught trying” to do something.  That is, they want to talk about the problems, “seem concerned” and leave a paper trail to prove it.  […]

Actors Make Adaptation of ‘Bluest Eye’ Sizzle

Until I saw The Bluest Eye, directed by Fred Sternfeld at Karamu House in Cleveland, I don’t think I had ever watched a production that inspired two contradictory trains of thought. Before I explain those divergent trains, a background of the play is necessary. The Bluest Eye is adapted from Noble Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s […]

This Place is a Prison…

“This Place is a Prison… “ –The Postal Service One question we received during our initial staged reading of 1,000 Hills was, “who are the people telling the story?” We lacked a framing device to properly contextualize our script. Preparing for the reading, my research focused on the genocide itself. Between the Tutsi people and […]

Akron Company featured in Cleveland Theatre Festival

Most theatres in the Akron-area shy away from controversial material, choosing to produce fare that won’t leave audiences demanding their ticket money back.  Heads Up Productions does just the opposite.  “Heads Up has consistently, since it’s founding, had a dark side and I think that helps shake people,” said Artistic Director TJ Jozsa. Our production, […]

Keith and the Girl Tattoo #88

I began my journey with Keith and the Girl in 2006.  I had recently moved out of my parent’s house, bought an iPod and discovered iTunes.  I remember searching the iTunes Store and wondering, “what the hell is a podcast?”  Five years and 1500 episodes later, I sport Keith and the Girl tattoo number 88, […]

The Grateful Deadheads, Part 3

During our third and final pass through Colorado, we attended a Further concert at Red Rocks, a beautiful natural amphitheatre a few minutes away from Matt and Renee’s home.  Further is led by former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh. TJ and I wanted to explore Denver, so we were late getting to […]