#91 “On the Exhale” Actor, Maria Elena Maurin + Director, Ellen Honig

Today I get to sit down with actor and director of a powerful play, On the Exhale. When a senseless act of violence changes her life forever, a liberal college professor finds herself inexplicably drawn to the very weapon used to perpetrate the crime – and to the irresistible feeling of power that comes from holding life and death in her hands. Peering down the barrel of a uniquely American crisis, she begins to suspect that when it comes to gun violence, we’re all part of the problem.

Maria Elena Maurin has been in the theater for 21 years and is currently working on a production of On the Exhale directed by Ellen Honig for the Rhinebeck Theater Society. She’s played other equally challenging roles depicting the female experience in some of her most difficult situations such as her performance in Still about birthing a stillborn child. She has trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC and at the Sande Shurin Acting Studio, NYC and Woodstock. Her recent theater credits include: Arms and the Man, Still, Outside Mullingar and Brilliant Traces with the Performing Arts of Woodstock and A Turn of The Screw with Kaaterskill Actors Theater. When not acting, she’s working as a massage therapist and a child care provider.

Ellen Honig is a theater director with 35 years of directing experience beginning with The Town Players in New York. She continued directing for multiple companies in the Hudson Valley. For The Rhinebeck Theatre Society: 1776 The Musical, A Little Night Music,Equivocation, Assassins, Copenhagen, and Mary Poppins. With The Cocoon Theatre of  Rhinebeck and now Poughkeepsie, most recently: My Simone and The Little Years. For Performing Arts of Woodstock, Outside Mullingar,  Uncle Vanya, and Arms and the Man. In 1984 she moved with her family to the Hudson Valley and became involved in Community Theatre, first with The Pawling Theatre group and then with Rhinebeck. She currently lives in Kingston NY with her partner, Ken.

Here’s a list of the opportunities you have to see this powerful and thought provoking play.

October 20th, 3pm at Green Kill Gallery

229 Greenkill Ave, Kingston, NY 12401

October 28th, 7pm at Cocoon Theatre

9 Vassar St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

November 2nd, 7pm at Morton Memorial Library

82 Kelly St, Rhinecliff, NY 12574

November 9th at 7pm at Shetler Studios and Theatres

244 West 54th St., NY 10019

November 10th at 7pm at Howland Cultural Center in Beacon

477 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508

Post show NOTE! Tabs and Clea, a web series TV show is in color correction and should be out end of 2019, early 2020 so stay tuned for cool details on that!

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Today’s show was engineered by Maddy Bogner of Radio Kingston, http://www.radiokingston.org.

We heard music from our fave, Shana Falana, http://www.shanafalana.com/

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