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Open Air’s Corona Radio Theater Presents: SF Mime Troupe and ‘A Red Carol’


This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the performing arts, host David Latulippe clears the stage of the Corona Radio Theater for the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and their first ever Holiday offering of a radio play with music - a new Activist Adaptation of the Dickens classic: A Red Carol.

Following the successful collaboration with the SF Mime Troupe (SFMT) in their nine-part Tales of the Resistance series, Open Air’s Corona Radio Theater presents the Troupe’s labor-oriented adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, which reclaims this revolutionary classic not as a story of the redemption of a single bad man, but as the never-ending story of all of us making the world a more progressive place.

In A Red Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is a corporate banker, busy foreclosing on the hapless masses. Bob Cratchit and his beleaguered family live in a chilly tent in an anonymous homeless encampment. The ghost of Christmas Past still reminds Scrooge of the man he was and the paths he, sadly, did not choose. The ghost of Christmas Present underscores the hard lives of the 99 percent - and the miserly banker’s part in making them so. And the ghost of Christmas Future still offers fear and the promise of redemption, sporting a flowing black robe of taped-together trash bags and plastic sheeting.

Written by SFMT actor, playwright and SFMT collective member Michael Gene Sullivan, A Red Carol stars SF Mime Troupe regulars, veterans of Tales of the Resistance and special new guest artists: Keiko Shimosato-Carreiro (The Ghost of Christmas Past); Wilma Bonet (The Ghost of Christmas Present); Michael Gene Sullivan (Bob Crachit); Velina Brown (Mrs. Crachit); Lisa Hori-Garcia (Belle); Amos Glick (Fezziwig); featuring: Jarion Monroe (The Ghost of Marley); Andre Amarotico (Fred); Milo Carter-Daniels (Tiny Tim), Mike McShane (Scrooge). Musical Direction by Daniel Savio. Musicians: Daniel Savio, Patrick Byers and David Rokeach.

Open Air, with host David Latulippe, broadcast on Thursday, December 17 at 1pm, and archived at this location afterwards. Listen now or anytime…