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The Oldest Living Cater Waiter - SF Mime Troupe - Second Star on the Right - Ravel, semi-staged

DC Scarpelli

This week on Open Air, KALW’s weekly radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with actor Michael Patrick Gaffney (pictured) about his original one-man show, The Oldest Living Cater Waiter, which runs through July 9 at the Gateway Theatre (215 Jackson St.) in San Francisco.

In The Oldest Living Cater Waiter, the final production of San Francisco’s 42nd Street Moon’s 2018-2019 season, Gaffney gives delicious insights into his complicated and hilarious careers as both a professional actor and a high-end waiter to the stars. He cooks up numerous characters from his past with just the right amount of sauciness, Shakespeare, and a soupçon of self-discovery. Shows are on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evenings (7pm).

We talk with Ellen Callas, general manager and collective member of the Tony Award-Winning San Francisco Mime Troupe, which starts its 60th season of bringing free political theater to Bay Area and Northern California parks on July 4 (2pm) in San Francisco’s Dolores Park. 

This year’s show is titled Treasure Island - an updated version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic pirate novel, which promises to be “A Toxic Tale of Corporate Corsairs, Swashbuckling Swindlers, and Big Buck Buccaneers on the Bay!” 

The Mime Troupe will perform Treasure Island in public parks and other outdoor locations all over the Bay Area, through September 8. 

We talk to Columbian filmmakers Ruth Caudeli (director), Silvia Varon (writer/actor) and Sara Larrota (producer) about their comedy-drama Second Star on the Right (Segunda estrella a la derecha), part of Frameline 43, San Francisco’s International LGBTQ+ Film Festival, which takes place through June 30 in movie theaters in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland. 

Second Star on the Right shows one more time, on Thursday June 27 (9.15pm) at the Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley. 

Plus, from the San Francisco Symphony, we meet with conductor Martyn Brabbins and director James Bonas to discuss the semi-staged production of L’Enfant et les sortileges (The Child and the Magic Spells) by Maurice Ravel. Brabbins conducts the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) and Chorus, joined by the Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco, the San Francisco Boys Chorus, and an internationally-renowned cast featuring mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as The Child. 

The production, originally commissioned by Opéra de Lyon, was conceived by animator Grégoire Pont and director James Bonas. Performances are on June 27, 29 (8pm) and 30 (2pm). 

Open Air with host David Latulippe; broadcast live on Thursday, June 27 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime…