When she and her husband Fabio chose to re-open her family’s restaurant, Rita DiTondo returned to Buffalo to much fanfare. But when they decided to upscale it, she was warned not to mess with a traditional family recipe for success. Nevertheless, she took a chance, and so far the gamble has paid off. She sat down with Peter in her restaurant, re-christened “DiTondo,” for a warm and friendly chat about her life, her loves, and her dedication to traditional Italian roots.
When Buffalo theater producers plan their seasons and choose their directors, they find that Katie Mallinson has risen to the top of their list. In the midst of preparations for Guards at the Taj, Katie zoomed with Peter to share the secrets of her success, and her hopes for the brilliant, but complicated show under her guidance.
Mason Winfield spends much of his time collecting stories and folklore from people who have had paranormal and psychic experiences. But how did this man, an acknowledged expert in this field, who started out as a literary scholar and English teacher, find himself leading exceedingly popular ghost walks all throughout western New York?
Having just completed a very demanding five different characters in RLTP’s critically acclaimed Mysterious Circumstances, the obvious questions are “Where did Greg Howze come from, and where is he headed?” On this episode he talks about theater, music, and his love for his full-time work at ECMC.
Joe “Marcella” Guagliardo has uplifted the status quo wherever his businesses and nightclubs have thrived. He sat down with Peter at his new place in Buffalo to talk about his journey from Sicily to the US, and how his vision of equality and diversity led to the welcoming and safe atmosphere of the fabulous “Club Marcella.”
Mysterious Circumstances runs at the Road Less Traveled theater for the next four weeks, and the brilliant young playwright of this fascinating, funny, and magical play joins Peter this week to talk about his career, his inspirations, and what’s coming next...
We wrap up our special summer series focusing on showplace theaters in the Western New York area with one of the most spectacular! Join Peter and special guest Christopher Parada, artistic director, as they discuss the beautiful Lockport Palace Theatre with a recap of its history and a tour of the facilities.
Photos from Peter’s Pinterest page available here.
Before our “historic theaters” series continues, we take a brief few moments to talk to Peter Johnson, the director of a new RLTP opportunity called “The Bridge Program,” which will offer paid internships to young people of color who are looking to learn more about theater. Then we continue our history series featuring a conversation with David Bondrow, artistic and executive director of the beautiful and always busy Lancaster Opera House.
Check out Peter's Lancaster Opera House photo collection here!
Sharing the expansive acreage of the Kenan Center in Lockport is the intimate 153 seat performance space known as the Taylor Theater. Previously a carriage house for William Rand Kenan’s 1800s Victorian mansion, this theater has been presenting plays and musical performances since 1969. A tour of its beautiful grounds concluded a memory laden interview with pictures available here!
Just a short drive south on “the 90” will take you to the heart of the southern tier's grape country and the cozy little Village of Fredonia in Chautauqua County. With programming that includes very diverse musical acts as well as the best in motion pictures from the current Hollywood offerings, the Opera House continues provide entertainment for all ages. When you hear the story of its restoration and recovery, you may find it familiar as, once again, a community comes through to save a local historic treasure!
For pictures, visit Peter’s Pinterest page here!