Token Theatre Friends

Token Theatre Friends


Diep Tran and Jose Solís see a lot of theater per year; 150-300 to be exact (each!). So they’re nerds. Every week, Jose and Diep will bring a POC perspective to the performing arts, and talk about the best thing they’ve seen that week, interview artists they love and talk about how to make the entertainment industry a better, more equitable, place for all. Come pull up a seat next to your friends!

If you want more of Jose and Diep, they are also publishing more artists interviews, theater reviews and op-eds on their website: Token Theatre Friends ( It’s currently being read by people around the world! You can support for their work by making a monthly donation on Patreon (



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Meet the Fake Friends Behind “Circle Jerk”

In this episode Jose talks to Michael Breslin, Patrick Foley and Cat Rodríguez, the creative minds behind Fake Friends, a new theatre/media company where they explore their love for pop culture, theatre and politics, through genre-bending pieces that combine multimedia with "traditional" theater ...
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Ep 19: What the Constitution Means to Us (Feat: Heidi Schreck)

This week the Friends welcome one of their favorite people: Heidi Schreck. Schreck was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her play What the Constitution Means to Me, which ran on Broadway in 2019. Now that play has been filmed and will be released on Amazon Prime Video on ...
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Ep 18: ‘The Boys in the Band’ and ‘Yellow Rose’ (Feat: Lea Salonga and Eva Noblezada)

On this week’s episode, the Friends react to the Lincoln Project’s ad that compares the president to Evita. It’s called Covita. It’s pretty terrifying. Then they review two shows-turned-movies/TV. The first is Ryan Murphy’s film version of The Boys in the Band, the 1968 play by Mart Crowley, ...
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Ep 17: The Brujx of Theater (Feat. Luis Alfaro and Alexis Scheer)

This week the Friends experienced two shows. One was an immersive play for one person for Portaleza by David Israel Reynoso/Optika Moderna, presented by La Jolla Playhouse. The prompt is: Send a message to a person in your life who has died. It's supernatural and kind of sci-fi ...
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Ep 16: Songs of Hope (Feat: Josh Groban)

On this week's episode, the Friends talked to musician and actor Josh Groban (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), who is about to release a new album called Harmony in November. But before that happens, he's doing a series of live virtual concerts, where he will ...
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Ep 15: What the Hell Is a Republic, Anyway? (Feat: Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare)

This week, the Friends talk about two shows. First they discuss Murder at River Crossing Book Club from Live In Theatre Company, which is an interactive murder mystery where the audience get to interrogate witnesses and try to figure out, who killed the richest woman in town? It's ...


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