Tag "Rubicon Theater"

  • Interview with Karyl Lynn Burns

    10-22-13- Audio Interview

    Karyl Lynn Burns says that she was a born producer. Listen to her delightful story about when her mother’s friends came to play bridge, how 4 or 5 year old Karyl Lynn would charge the children who accompanied them their allowance to watch her put on a show. Her childhood was filled with stories, invention and play acting; Karly Lynn says that she always knew her life would be about acting, producing and the telling of stories. But it has been that and more. She was also interested in writing and so she majored in Journalism in College, but she went on to study acting under Tony Nominated director Bill Ball at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) an experience which changed her approach to her work and her life. Also through a series of coincidences she created a major Public Relations firm. But acting and producing remained her passion, listen to this delightful, charming, spontaneous woman describe the circuitous route which led her and her husband Jim O’Neil to the creation of the Rubicon Theater, a remarkable space for all kinds of theater.

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  • Interview with Jim O’Neil

    10-15-13 – Audio Interview

    This is an atypical Lynne Show. A few times I have neglected to hit the right button on my recording device and failed to record an interview. I learned early that if I re-interviewed the person, the spontaneity of the original was inevitably lost so I stopped doing it and resigned myself to losing that person’s story. When I realized that I wasn’t recording the terrific interview I was getting with Jim O’Neil however he surprised me by saying “well, I guess you’ll just have to tell my story” and so, in this show, I am doing just that. Jim O’Neil never intended to be an actor. It was a series of unrelated and seemingly insignificant events which triggered in him a certainty that theater was his destiny. You can hear me describe those incidents and then hear Jim (I finally turned on the recorder) talk about the philosophy which motivated Jim and his wife Karyl Lynn Burns to create the Rubicon Theater, the first professional theater in Ventura CA. Listen to this thoughtful man talk about his passion for creating a space where we humans can tell our stories and cement our humanity.

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