007: Actor Thaddaeus Edwards reframes Vanya…and failure…and life

What is it like to play an iconic character in a “sort of” adaptation of a classic? How do we define failure? How do we punctuate our lives? Actor Thaddaeus Edwards wisely addresses loss, longing, and love as he describes inhabiting Vanya in LIFE SUCKS by Aaron Posner (an adaptation of Chekhov’s classic) at Manbites Dog Theater.

Thaddaeus Edwards, a North Carolinian by birth, is a performing arts professional who’s been featured on stage with Manbites Dog Theater, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, both hands theatre company, Flying Machine Theatre Company and more. By day, he works with the UNC School of Social Work and as a standardized patient at Duke Hospital and the American Board of Anesthesiology in Raleigh. Thaddaeus is playing Vanya in the production of LIFE SUCKS by Aaron Posner,  at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham. LIFE SUCKS runs October 26-November 11; for tickets, visit the Manbites Dog Theater website.

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Additional Links:

Manbites Dog Theater’s Big Announcement and New Direction

Hidden Voices: To Buy the Sun

Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern

Aaron Posner in American Theatre

Podcast recorded at Shadowbox Studio in Durham, NC.

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Jesus Pancake

Jesus Pancake is the newest scripted audio fiction series from Artist Soapbox. Nine episodes of zany dark comedy.


The New Colossus

The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL.


Master Builder

This audio drama was adapted from Tamara’s 2018 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892.


Declaration of Love

Co-producers Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane of Artist Soapbox commissioned eleven NC playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”


Food for Thought

Three pilot episodes of new scripted audio fiction series inspired by the prompt Food for Thought.


ASBX Shorts

ASBX Shorts are six short audio fiction pieces created and produced by North Carolina artists. Artist Soapbox Shorts were specifically contributed by the artists to aid in fundraising and to get everyone excited about Jesus Pancake, our new audio fiction series in development.

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