“Conversations” Episode 13: Interview with Max Garner

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Nancy Murray Interviews Max Garner

For this episode of Conversations, Nancy Murray interviews Max Garner, a playwright, producer, and founder of Rapid Lemon Productions.

Max moved to Baltimore from the DC area in the early 1990s. He joined the newborn AXIS Theatre and served as its resident sound designer for ten years. In a similar role with Run of the Mill Theater during the mid-2000s, Max championed the establishment of their brainchild Variations Project as an annual festival of new and local ten-minute plays.

He has designed and written for Variations through a migratory history which has included a three-year residence at Arena Players followed by the project’s current custodianship with independent company Rapid Lemon Productions. As playwright Max’s full length plays Sphere: The Thelonious Monk Story and Marvin’s Trial have been produced in Baltimore and Washington, DC.

The episode was recorded in Spring of 2016 in Baltimore.

Produced by BmoreArt Conversations is funded by a Warhol Foundation Grit Fund Grant administered through The Contemporary of BaltimoreConversations intro music is by 92owls.

MaxGarner&JFBibeauMax Garner at work.

highschool-1Max as a young A/V practitioner in high school.

highschool-2Max in a high school theater production.

2010Poster for The North Avenue Plays – Run of the Mill Theater 2010

2012_Sphere_photo-of-David-D-Mitchell-by-Max-GarnerDavid D. Mitchell as Thenonious Monk in Sphere: The Thenonious Monk Story written by Max Garner.

2012_Sphere_photo-of-Thelonious-Monk-by-Don-HunsteinPoster for Sphere: The Thenonious Monk Story written by Max Garner presented at Wolly Mammoth Theatre

2013_photo-of-Sammie-Real-by-Britt-Olsen-Ecker.Poster for Marvin’s Trial written by Max Garner presented at The Arc Theater


Washington Post Review of ‘Sphere’ and ‘Name Game’

Poster for Variations Project 2006, featuring ten minute long plays based on the theme of fear.2010_VPoster for Variations Project 2010, featuring ten minute long plays based on the theme of beauty.
2015-Poster for 11th annual Variations Project, featuring ten minute long plays based on the theme of family.

2015Bottles used for the audience to vote on the next years theme for the Variations Project

1998_CPCity Paper with a rundown of the local burgeoning theater scene, including work by Max Garner.











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