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 (



Token Theatre Friends

Ep. 26: Creating a Ritual Around Quarantine Theater (Ft. Heather Christian and Joshua William Gelb)

In this episode, Kathlynn and Jose start by looking back at the attack on the Capitol by white supremacists. Furthermore, the way in which theatrical elements can be put at the service of terrorists. After that, they review two shows. First, they discuss Shotgun Players' production of Loy ...
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Ep 25: So Long, 2020 (Feat. Stacy Osei-Kuffour and Whitney White)

Our last episode of 2020 is jam-packed with goodies. First up, Ayana and Jose review a new digital production of Meet Me in St. Louis, and an audio version of A Christmas Carol. Next, Jose speaks to Animals playwright Stacy Osei-Kuffour, and director Whitney White, about the process ...
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The Body of Work (Feat. Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty)

In this special episode, Jose talks to Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, the composers behind beloved musicals such as Ragtime, Once on This Island, and Anastasia. During the pause provoked by the pandemic, the duo went to their archives to put together a new album called Legacy: Two ...
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Tiger Blood, Sondheim, and Tamales (Feat. Nicholas Rodriguez)

In this episode, Jose talks to Nicholas Rodriguez about his upcoming appearance in Sondheim Unplugged, at Feinstein's/54 Below (Dec. 26). As well as the lessons he's learned in 2020, how he's acquired new skills in order to perform online, and his realization that there exist two kinds of ...
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Ep. 24: The Power of Will (Feat. Chad Austin and Bianca Marroquín)

This week, Alicia and Jose talk to Chad Austin and Bianca Marroquín. As the artistic director of Abingdon Theatre Company, Austin conceived the #IWILL campaign, meant to remind theatre makers who can't be onstage right now, about the importance of hope. He recruited renowned artists, including Marroquín, to ...
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Bonus Episode: Have Yourself a Very Norm Lewis Christmas

In this episode, Jose talks to Broadway icon Norm Lewis about his new Christmas show at Feinstein's/54 Below. Unlike years past, audience members can't gather at the famed nightclub to be serenaded by Lewis. So he's doing the next best thing by crafting an intimate evening filled with ...


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