The Boston Project Podcast
We are excited to bring you the first series of the podcast – a fully adapted, episodic version of the play The Usual Unusual by MJ Halberstadt, performed and recorded by local artists.
SERIES 1: The Usual Unusual
by MJ Halberstadt
Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
The Usual Unusual is a scrappy and quaint bookstore where Boston’s LGBTQ+ community has gathered to shop, organize, and flirt since the 70’s. When the store’s charismatic founder Penn announces his retirement, neurotic staff-member Charlie persuades him to pass leadership on, rather than close the store. The staff’s efforts to unite a fractured community under one banner – or simply coordinate a weekly reading night — stoke generational disputes about identity, community, and trauma, and lead to fraught and hilarious results.
Dramaturgy – Dr. Helen Deborah Lewis
Sound Design & Engineering – Elizabeth Cahill
Zoom Room Management – John Meredith*
Boston Project Coordinator – Jasmine Brooks
Producers – Paul Daigneault, Shira Gitlin, Alex Lonati
Production Management – Dominique Burford, Paul Melone
Production Assistants – Max Eliot, Nathan Marble
Original Compositions for The Boston Project Podcast – Quan Yao Lim
Original Boston Project Podcast Graphics – Evan Turissini