129: THE NEW COLOSSUS actor interviews: Part two

This is the second of two episodes that feature short interviews with the cast of THE NEW COLOSSUS audio drama (released in April 2020). This episode features half of the cast, all of whom play the more experienced generation of characters. 💕😊

You’ll hear from Michael Foley, Susannah Hough, John Jimerson and Edith Snow, interviewed by Kaley Morrison and Barbette Hunter during our recording days in November of 2019.  These are short snippets — each actor had only a few minutes between their calls to pop over and answer a few of Kaley and Barbette’s questions. 

L-R: Michael Foley, Susannah Hough, John Jimerson, Edith Snow

If you’ve already listened to THE NEW COLOSSUS audio drama, then you know how talented these actors are. As you’ll hear in this episode, they are lovely, thoughtful and generous people as well.

The cast covers a variety of topics including: their individual characters in TNC, what it’s like to record an audio drama, the difference between acting for audio and acting on stage, why people should listen to TNC, their favorite moments and more. (Warning, there are a few spoilers here if you haven’t finished all 6 episodes.)

Listen to the previous episode: 128: THE NEW COLOSSUS actor interviews: Part One

WONDERFUL BONUS: This episode includes music written, performed and recorded by Edith Snow for Episodes 4 of THE NEW COLOSSUS. The multi-talented Edith was also the sound designer for our first audio drama MASTER BUILDER (which featured Susannah Hough too!).

As of this release, TNC has been listened to in 20 countries and 30 US states. You can also listen to the six 20 minute episodes via the website www.thenewcolossuspodcast.com and via Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all the usual podcasts platforms.  

If you’d like to hear more about THE NEW COLOSSUS and audio drama in general, our wonderful executive producer, Aurelia Belfield, and I will be co-leading an online session as part of the Women’s Theatre Festival on July 29 at 11am. Purchase tickets here for our individual session or for the entire month-long online conference and new play festival.. 

Big special thanks to our incredible TNC production team, to Trailblazer Studios where we recorded TNC, to the patrons of ASBX on Patreon, and to Manbites Dog Theatre Foundation and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation for their support. 


Michael Foley (SORIN) appeared in the staged version of The New Colossus with Little Green Pig as Sorin.  He recently appeared in Norway and Heads Will Roll with LPG and with ShaLeigh Dance Works/Ariail Productions in Bamboo Wind.  Other past favorite roles include those inThree Sisters and Faith Healer for LPG, Life Sucks, The Open House, The Nether, and At the Vanishing Point for Manbites Dog, Julius Caesar for Shakespeare and Originals, A Doll’s House for Burning Coal, and Bent for Raleigh Ensemble Players.  Michael has also directed for LPG, Manbites, and the Carrboro Arts Center, and appeared in independent films, commercials, industrials, and voice-overs.

Susannah Hough (PAULINA)  is an actor, director, producer, voice-over artist, teacher, and Co-Artistic Director of Honest Pint Theatre Co. She hails from Los Angeles but has called the Triangle home for more than 20 years. She is a veteran of numerous stage and film companies here with over 75 productions under her belt. A sampling of her local stage work includes: ANNAPURNA (Emma), THE MYSTERY OF LOVE & SEX (Lucinda), THE HERD (Carol), THE NIGHT ALIVE, THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY, THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE, THE METROMANIACS (Director) for Honest Pint hmlt (HAMLET), RICHIE, THE NEW COLOSSUS (Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern); BODY AWARENESS, SUPERIOR DONUTS (Deep Dish Theater Co.); ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE (REP); OUR TOWN, THE GRAPES OF WRATH (Justice Theater Project); LOST IN YONKERS (Raleigh Little Theatre); DEARLY BELOVED (Theatre in the Park); DADDY’S DYIN’, THERE GOES THE BRIDE (Theatrefest).

She has appeared in the local short films Righteous (Bombshell Studios), Endings (Turnip Films), and Katie’s Dog (Carbon Footprint), as well as numerous national commercials and industrial videos. Susannah voiced the nutty talk-show host Joan in ASBX’s audio drama, MASTER BUILDER, and is excited and honored to resprise her role of Paulina in THE NEW COLOSSUS. She coaches actors for auditions, self-taping, and scene study. Training: BFA in Drama from the University of California, The American Conservatory Theater. For a complete resume go to: www.susannahhough.com

John Jimmerson (TRIG) spends most of his creative time these days making visual art and is the proud father of a 10-year-old clarinet-playing wonder.  An actor by training, he went to Circle in the Square Theater School in New York, and has worked as an actor and collaborator in New York, regionally, on tour, and locally in the triangle area. Favorite projects include Glass (Tom) and The Wooster Group’s Diary of Anne Frank (Willem Defoe), both produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern; Amadeus (Salieri), produced by Leviathan; the Grapes of Wrath (Al Joad), produced by Arkansas Repertory Theater Company; and Vogue Men’s Fashions (John), produced by Urban Garden Performing Arts. Recent voiceover work includes projects for companies such as IBM, Affordable Dentures, and various North Carolina healthcare organizations. He’s currently developing a new acting technique based on the enneagram with Aric Rohner, has a YouTube channel where he reads books to kids, and is the author of “Get Real”, a picture book adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit.  Finally, the idea of working on this project makes him want to do cartwheels.

Edith Snow (IRINA) is an actor/filmmaker/musician. She has performed in the Triangle area for the last two decades, most recently seen in Theatre Raleigh’s JUNK. Last year, she toured with Hidden Voices’ production of To Buy the Sun: The Challenge of Pauli Murray playing over 30 characters in the 2-hour show. She has toured with the Nat’l Theater of the Deaf performing in both spoken English and ASL. Television credits include: Homeland, Turn Washington’s Spies, One Tree Hill. Edith is a freelance audio/video editor who recently completed sound design for Tamara Kissane’s Master Builder audio drama which premiered at The Women’s Theatre Festival in Raleigh. She sings and writes in the lounge-noir band, The Drowning Lovers. edithsnow.com

Barbette Hunter (PRODUCTION ASSISTANT) is thrilled to be working with Artist Soapbox. This past summer, she served as the stage manager for NRACT’s second highest grossing production, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.  She is currently stage managing The Fall of the House of Usherproduced by Cary Applause! Youth Theatre, opening November 1st.  Barbette is also a professional actress. Her stage credits include Born YesterdayWalking Across EgyptThe Sunshine Boys (NC State TheatreFest;) MetamorphosesThyestesThe Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Raleigh Ensemble Players); 10×10 Annual Play Festival (ArtsCenter); As Bees in Honey DrownStonewall Jackson’s House(Actors Comedy Lab); Little Shop of Horrors (Raleigh Little Theatre;) Hair (Theatre in the Park), and Jesus Christ Superstar (North Carolina Theatre).  Some of her favorite roles include Rose in Fences(The Justice Theater Project), Venus Hottentot in Venus (Raleigh Ensemble Players), Magnolia Ellis in The Dance on Widow’s Row (Raleigh Little Theatre), Quilly McGrath in The Old Settler (Raleigh Little Theatre), and Esther in Intimate Apparel (Raleigh Little Theatre).  Her film credits include Union Bound(2016), Dance for One (2011), The Foundations of the Earth (2009), Trouble in the Water (2006) and Southern Belles (2005).  Barbette holds a BA in Speech Communications from NC State University and did graduate work in Acting at UNC Greensboro.  She is a teaching artist for Raleigh Little Theatre and Cary Applause! Youth Theatre. In addition, she serves as a rehearsal assistant and stage manager for Cary Applause! Youth Theatre.  Thanks to Artist Soapbox for this wonderful opportunity. Much love to the production team and the cast! Break a leg!!!


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Artist Soapbox

Artist Soapbox is a platform for original scripted audio fiction and an opportunity for artists to discuss their creative work in their own voices. We do this through our interview podcast, our blog, live events, and original audio dramas.

Artist Soapbox is an anti-racist organization. We believe Black Lives Matter. In addition, as a podcast production company, ASBX has signed the Equality in Audio Pact on Broccoli Content.

Artist Soapbox is more than just a podcast.

We lead writers groups, accountability support, workshops, and events. We produce and create audio dramas too! Listen to the Master BuilderThe New Colossus Audio Drama, Jesus Pancake, Declaration of Love, Food for Thought, and ASBX Shorts. Stay tuned to hear about more projects written by the Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ Group.

Audio Dramas

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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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