On Tuesday July 28th, 2015 hosts of several of the biggest and best podcasts in the world convened on stage for the inaugural CAST PARTY: a stage show simulcast to cinemas, celebrating the emergence of podcasting as a powerhouse medium with millions of obsessed fans. Like, the Lollapalooza of podcasts.
Cast Party featured original stories and performances by: Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, audio pioneers of RADIOLAB; Lulu Miller from NPR’s newest mega-hit INVISIBILIA; PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, hosts of the Internet deep-dive REPLY ALL; improv comedy show WITH SPECIAL GUEST LAUREN LAPKUS; and the bold and often hilarious audio drama podcast THE TRUTH.
Plus music by horn quartet THE WESTERLIES, dance by COCOON CENTRAL DANCE TEAM, surprise guests, original videos, and more.
Cast Party was filmed live on stage in New York City at NYU's Skirball Center, and sent via satellite to hundreds of movie theaters across the United States and Canada. It will screen in Australia on August 22nd. And it will soon be be released online via Vimeo On Demand.
The show was produced and hosted by SETH LIND. Executive Producers for Cinema: BY EXPERIENCE, INC.
People have said very, very nice things about the show. And we are exhausted.
Cast Party is proud to showcase some of the most entertaining podcasts ever to flow through your earbuds, from some of the most innovative producers of audio storytelling: WNYC, NPR, Gimlet Media, Earwolf and Radiotopia.
Radiolab is a show about curiosity - where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, produced by WNYC. Radiolab won Peabody Awards in 2011 and 2015.
Invisibilia is a new NPR series about the invisible forces that shape human behavior. The show interweaves personal stories with scientific research that will make you see your own life differently. Co-hosted Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel. Lulu Miller performed a brand new short documentary in Cast Party.
With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus
With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus: where the guest is the host. Take a seat with Lauren as she passes off her hosting duties to a new funny friend every episode. Lauren is always the guest, as a character her host holds secret until they start recording. You never know who will show up. It’s the host’s show, Lauren’s just along for the ride. From the Earwolf podcast network. Lauren is known for playing Susan Fischer on Orange is the New Black. She can currently be seen in theaters playing Vivian in Jurassic World.
The Truth makes movies for your ears: short stories that are sometimes dark, sometimes funny, and always intriguing. Each story is different, and takes you to unexpected places using only sound. Directed, mixed, and sound designed by Jonathan Mitchell, who has been making radio for nearly 20 years. The Truth performed an orignal scripted dramedy as part of Cast Party. A member PRX’s Radiotopia podcast collective.
Song & Dance
Between podcasts, Cast Party will showcaseed original music and choreography.
The Westerlies are a new york based brass quartet composed of four friends from Seattle, Washington: Riley Mulherkar, Zubin Hensler, Andy Clausen and Willem De Koch. Avid explorers of cross-genre territory, they are dedicated to the cultivation of a new repertoire that exists in the ever-narrowing gap between American folk music, jazz, classical, and indie rock. Since their inception in 2011, The Westerlies have premiered over 40 original works for brass quartet.
Cocoon Central Dance Team
Cocoon Central Dance Team is Tallie Medel, Sunita Mani and Eleanore Pienta. Remember when you and your cousins made up that dance to Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy” at the family reunion and Uncle Stanley laughed so hard he choked on his barbecued rib? Cocoon Central Dance Team is exactly like that but it’s 2015.