The Work of Art

Fridays at 4:44 p.m.

This series of interviews profiles folks who fervently support the arts, frequently with minimal acknowledgment, as they contribute to the creative product.

Over the next cultural year we’ll wander through the backstages, the attics, the storage rooms and the shops and artists spaces to reveal the work of art - the people who contribute to a bigger creative vision. Karl Lengel’s life experience includes a substantial career in generating and delivering live performance. Behind every great work of art, he has witnessed countless legions of committed micro-artists who enrich detail in the creative effort. As the program host, he will seek out and give a voice to these devoted enablers. You might see their names roll past in the movie credits if you stay that long, or you might skim them in the tiny print at the back of the program. They are the people who help perfect the work of art.

Support for this series is provided by The Helis Foundation.

Harry Mayronne, Jr.

German dramatist Bertholt Brecht is in the air this February -- Southern Rep Theatre is presenting the first professional production of Ntozake Shange’s adaption of Brecht’s "Mother Courage and Her Children" since 1980, and cabaret performer Harry Mayronne, Jr. is joining up with last year’s BrechtFest team for an appearance at the Allways Lounge on the 112th anniversary of Brecht’s birthday.

Mayronne, in addition to his talents as a performer and pianist, is a puppeteer, and one of his marionettes, Bertholt Brecht, has performed at the Berliner Ensemble in Berlin.

On this episode of the Work of Art, Harry joined Karl Lengel to share his fascination with the extraordinary German dramatist.


Tom Capps, a New Orleans native who was on the original Stage Management on the Broadway opening of Miss Saigon, shares his journey from the Big Easy to a successful career in theatre in the Big Apple, with shows including Ragtime, Mary Poppins, West Side Story and Mamma Mia. In this two-part series, Part One focuses on his humble beginnings, and, in Part Two, Tom will share his experience on the original production of Miss Saigon.

Sony Animation

Alice Dewey was a successful Production Stage Manager on the first National Tour of the original stage production of "Les Miserables" in 1990 when her future husband urged her to move to Los Angeles. She did, and discovered quickly that LA is not a big theatre town. But, it is a big movie town, and animation was making a resurgence as Disney reissued its existing product and was on the hunt for new features. Today, Alice Dewey Goldstone works as a Producer at Sony Animation, and she shares her contribution to the work of art with us.

New Orleans Public Radio's "All Things Considered" Host Karl Lengel offers some thoughts about the arts just in time for the holiday season.

Karl Lengel / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

Luna Fete is underway in New Orleans. Over the summer, immersive artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo led a workshop for the Arts Council of New Orleans for local artists to understand and utilize some of the technologies available in mixed media platforms. Gabe's work is exemplary of the projectrs that fill Lafayette Square and beyond during Luna Fete. This interview is a collection of his relevant comments.

New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts

NOCCA - The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts - will hold an audition workshop tomorrow (Saturday) on the campus on Chartres St. While not a prerequisite to the official audition session in January, the workshop does serve to advise parents and students what is beneficial in an audition. Brian Hammell, Director of Communications at NOCCA, joins us today on the Work of Art to talk about the work of auditioning.

New Orleans Fair Grounds

Horse racing returned to New Orleans yesterday at the Fair Grounds Racecourse. Veteran announcer John G. Dooley is the Big Easy oval to be the voice of the Fair Grounds, a position he has held for over 15 years. On the Work of Art today, John joins us to talk about his art - and a lifelong profession as an announcer for the sports industry.

New American Paintings

Katie Pfohl is the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Before coming to NOMA, Pfohl served as a curator at the Louisiana State University Museum of Art, and has worked in three of the premier art museums in the country-the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Steve McCale

Last week, Karl spoke with Frank Farrell, who mixes monitors for Elvis Costello, and was on the show this past week at New Orleans' Mahalia Jackson Theater. This week, the series features an interview with Steve McCale, the front-of-house engineer for Tim McGraw. Steve discusses his entry into the profession, his thoughts on mixing differences, and some suggestions for aspiring audio engineers.

Frank Farrell

Today on the Work of Art, WWNO's Karl Lengel chats with audio engineer Frank Farrell. A concert has the front-of-house engineer who mixes for the audience and the monitor engineer who mixes for the artist. Frank Farrell has an expansive career doing just that - among others, for Kenny Rogers, Steve Miller and, currently, Elvis Costello. Like many audio engineers, he got started as a musician in his teens.