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Frost/Nixon @ TheatreWorks - Dan Hoyle’s ‘Border People’ - Sweeney Todd @ Hillbarn - RAWdance

David Frost (Jeremy Webb) interviews Richard Nixon (Allen McCullough) in 'Frost/Nixon'...
Kevin Berne

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with actors Jeremy Webb (David Frost) and Allen McCullough (Richard Nixon) about the production of Frost/Nixon at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Written by Golden Globe winner Peter Morgan (creator of Netflix’s The Crown), Frost/Nixon is a riveting political prizefight between a lightweight British talk-show host and the former leader of the free world. Cameras roll, the truth spins, and it becomes clear that he who controls the medium controls the message. Frost/Nixon runs through February 10 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts (500 Castro St.) in Mountain View. 

Award-winning actor and playwright Dan Hoyle stops by to talk about his new show Border People.  As another example of his unique style of journalistic theater,  Border People is based on Hoyle’s conversations and interviews along the Southwestern border and into Mexico, at refugee safe houses on the Northern border with Canada, and in the courtyards of housing projects in the South Bronx. Border People  offers a startling gallery of portraits of those, in Hoyle’s words, “who cross borders, geographical or cultural, by necessity or choice.” The show runs at The Marsh (1062 Valencia St.) in San Francisco through Feb. 23.  Director and co-creator Charlie Varon joins the conversation. 

We talk with actress Heather Orth, who plays Mrs. Lovett in Hillbarn’s production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s bloody-fun musical thriller Sweeney Todd,  about the infamous Demon Barber of Fleet Street (played by Keith Pinto).  The production opens this weekend and runs through February 10 at Hillbarn Theatre (1285 East Hillsdale Blvd.) in Foster City.

Plus, we have a conversation with directors Wendy Rein, Ryan T. Smith and Katie Wong from RAWdance, to talk about the world premiere of Roar, set to an original score by Bay Area composer Joel St. Julien, as part of the company’s 15th anniversary home season on January 24-26, at YBCA Forum (701 Mission St.) in San Francisco. 

Also on the program is the world premiere of 14, which delves into the complex history of the 14th amendment, choreographed by RAWdance’s new Associate Artistic Director, Katie Wong; and Brilliant Alarm (2017). 

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, January 24, at 1pm. Listen now or anytime…