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Native Gardens @ Theatreworks ~ Joshua Kosman ~ Riccardo Frizza & 'Roberto Devereux' ~ The Tango War

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with actor Jackson Davis, who plays one of the lead characters in the current production of Native Gardens, at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley through September 16. 

Native Gardens, a cutting-edge suburban comedy from National Latino Playwriting Award winner Karen Zacarías, shows Jackson Davis as Frank Butley, owner of a prize-winning rose garden together with his wife Virginia (Amy Resnick). When an up-and-coming Latino couple (Michael Evans Lopez and Marlene Martinez) move in next door, conflicts over fences and flora spiral into a comical clash of cultures.

On location at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, we visit with the Italian conductor Riccardo Frizza to discuss his upcoming performances of Donizetti’s opera Roberto Devereux(opening September 8). Frizza conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in Donizetti’s 1837 romance of love and sacrifice, set in Tudor-era England, which follows the intrigues in the court of Elizabeth I that compel the Queen to choose between duty and her love for Robert, the Earl of Essex. 

And he might just share some of his cooking tips, too. 

From the San Francisco Chronicle, we catch up with classical music critic Joshua Kosman, who gives us his preview of the new music season in the Bay Area. 

Plus, Open Air’s regular contributor and critic at large, Peter Robinson, interviews writer and journalist Mary Jo McConahay about her upcoming book The Tango War: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America During World War II. McConahay will be giving a talk about her new book on Wednesday, September 26 (6pm) at Book Passage in Sausalito (100 Bay Street). 

Open Air with host David Latulippe, heard live on Thursday, August 30 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime…