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Open Air

Thursdays at 1pm

KALW’s weekly magazine of the performing arts in the Bay Area, featuring live interviews with musicians, choreographers, and actors, with occasional in-studio performances and ticket giveaways.  Produced by Niels Swinkels.

(For segment/guest suggestions, email david@kalw.org.)

 

Kevin Berne - A.C.T.

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, we raise the virtual curtain of our Corona Radio Theater for an exclusive preview excerpt of A.C.T.’s production of A Christmas Carol, which, for the first time in its 44-year history will be presented as a radio play. Also, host David Latulippe talks to composer Jake Heggie, mezzo soprano Susan Graham, and singers Maya Kherani and Efraín Solís from Opera San Jose about the chamber opera Three Decembers; and with actor, writer and pianist Hershey Felder about his two upcoming Holiday shows.

Harry Fong

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, we raise the virtual curtain of our Corona Radio Theater for members of theater company Word for Word and their reading of Favors by Alice Adams; host David Latulippe talks to Merola artists Tamara Sanikidze and Ronny Michael Greenberg about upcoming ‘Virtual Recitals’ by the Merola Opera Program; and Open Air’s regular contributor and critic at large, Peter Robinson, reflects on this Month and this Season. 

Lawton Lovely - SFMT

This week on Open Air, we raise the virtual curtain of Open Air’s Corona Radio Theater and reserve the entire stage for the Final Grand Finale of Tales of the Resistance, the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s summer series of original political comedy radio plays. 

Jessica Palopoli

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, host David Latulippe talks with director Bill English and the cast from the play ART, at SF Playhouse; Peter Robinson reflects on social isolating in the age of Covid-19; and we raise the virtual curtain of Open Air’s Corona Radio Theater for the Grand Finale of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s summer podcast series Tales of the Resistance, Part One. 

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, host David Latulippe welcomes to the Virtual Stage of our Corona Radio Theater, members from the South Bay Musical Theater (SBMT) who will be performing a selection from the radio play Dracula by Orson Welles (pic 1).  Also, conversations about the filmed production of Aristophanes' Lysistrata at the Pear Theatre; and about the virtual presentation of Letters to a Daughter from Prison, by EnActe Arts. 

Andy Mogg

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, host David Latulippe talks with Epiphany Dance Theater’s Kim Epifano about the upcoming edition of SF Trolley Dances; Peter Robinson discusses the World of Espionage; and we raise the virtual curtain of Open Air’s Corona Radio Theater for Episode 8 of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s summer podcast series Tales of the Resistance

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, host David Latulippe welcomes to the Virtual stage of our Corona Radio Theater, artists from the MarshStream International Solo Fest, the Marsh’s first-ever digital global festival, running now through October 11. The Festival features performers aged 16 to 79 from around the world, including Russia, Scotland, Israel, Canada, and Australia, as well as some of The Marsh’s fan-favorites. 

Lawton Lovely - SFMT

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, host David Latulippe talks with members of conductorless chamber orchestra One Found Sound about the start of their Fall Season; Peter Robinson discusses political protest songs through the ages; and we raise the virtual curtain of Open Air’s Corona Radio Theater for Episode 7 of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s summer podcast series Tales of the Resistance

Lorenzo Fernandez-Kopec

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, guest host Angie Coiro welcomes back members of theater company Word for Word, for their fifth appearance on the virtual stage of our Corona Radio Theater. They will be performing several stories from their latest production:  Retablos: Stories from A Life Lived Along the Border, a memoir by writer, playwright and author Octavio Solis, who will join Word for Word and perform one of the chapters. 

Lawton Lovely - SFMT

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, host David Latulippe talks with Frameline director Paul Struthers, about Frameline 44, the world’s largest virtual LGBTQ+ film festival, which starts this week; Peter Robinson reviews books about Donald Trump; and we raise the virtual curtain of Open Air’s Corona Radio Theater for Episode 6 of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s summer podcast series Tales of the Resistance

This week on Open Air, KALW’s weekly radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, host David Latulippe welcomes back Theater Rhinoceros to the virtual stage of Open Air’s Corona Radio Theater, and their performance of Then and Now, performed by John Fisher and Gene Mocsy. 

Lawton Lovely - SFMT

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, host David Latulippe talks with California Symphony’s Music Director Donato Cabrera and Concertmaster Jennifer Cho, about the orchestra’s fall video concert series, called Second Saturdays @ California SymphonyPeter Robinson talks poetry; and we raise the virtual curtain of Open Air’s Corona Radio Theater for Episode 5 of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s summer podcast series Tales of the Resistance.  

Joyce Kim - The New York Times

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, host David Latulippe welcomes back members of theater company Word for Word, for their fourth appearance on the virtual stage of our Corona Radio Theater. They will be reading the 1996 short story The Appropriation of Cultures by American writer Percival Everett (pictured) - in Word for Word co-director Susan Harloe's words “a wickedly subversive story, about symbols and their meaning.” 

Lawton Lovely - SFMT

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, guest host Angie Coiro talks with director and producer Jacob Kornbluth about Talk Boring to Me, his new project with comedian W. Kamau Bell; also, a conversation with comedian Lisa Geduldig, about her new initiative Lockdown Comedy. And, as part of Open Air’s Corona Radio Theater we present Episode 4, Dimension 2020! - It Came From R&D!, of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s summer podcast series Tales of the Resistance. 

A.C.T.

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts in Times of Corona, we welcome to the virtual stage of our Corona Radio Theater, members of the American Conservatory Theater, performing an excerpt from The Headlands, a mystery play by Bay Area native and Obie Award–winning playwright, Christopher Chen

Lawton Lovely - SFMT

This week on Open Air, Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, host David Latulippe talks with Emanuel Rotstein and Ron Jones about the U.S. premiere of the documentary The Invisible Line. As part of Open Air’s Corona Radio Theater we present Episode 3, Fear of the Dark: The Good Cop, of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s summer podcast series Tales of the Resistance. And Peter Robinson shines his unique light on cultural affairs from around the Bay Area. 

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, host David Latulippe welcomes back for their third appearance on the virtual stage of our Corona Radio Theater, actors Susi Damilano and Bill English from SF Playhouse with their performance of Wildwood Park by Pulitzer Prize winning American playwright Doug Wright (1962). 

NuReality Productions

This week on Open Air, Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, host David Latulippe talk with Robert James, director of the film Mrs. Vera's Daybook, which premieres on July 27 on KQED; as part of our Corona Radio Theater, we present Episode 2, Novice Nurse: Susie Terse!, of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s summer series Tales of the Resistance; and Peter Robinson shines his unique light on cultural affairs from around the Bay Area. 

Marshscape painting by Anthony Holdsworth...

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, host David Latulippe welcomes back to our Corona Radio Theater, artists from The Marsh, San Francisco’s breeding ground for new performance. Judith Dambowic and Jessica Litwak both present excerpts from their respective solo shows, Welcome to the Cancer Café, and 50,000 Mice

  This week on Open Air, the Corona Radio Theater raises the curtain for the first installment of a nine-part series of original political comedy radio plays by the San Francisco Mime Troupe, titled Tales of the Resistance, each presented in a different style - Noir! Sci Fi! Horror! Adventure!

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, host David Latulippe welcomes members of San Francisco musical theater group 42nd Street Moon to the virtual stage of our Corona Radio Theater. They will be performing scenes and songs from the 1933 musical As Thousands Cheer, by Irving Berlin and Moss Hart. 

This week on Open Air, guest host Leah Garchik welcomes members of BATS Improv on to the virtual stage of our Corona Radio Theater, with a completely original radio play, improvised live in the style of the Golden Age of Radio, titled “BATS Improv Presents the BATS RadioVenture Hour”.

Gordon Parks

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, host David Latulippe welcomes back, for their third appearance on the virtual stage of our Corona Radio Theater, members of theater company Word for Word, and their presentation of the 1934 short story The Blues I'm Playing, by Langston Hughes (pictured).

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, host David Latulippe welcomes members of the South Bay Musical Theatre on to the virtual stage of the Corona Radio Theater. Actors Joseph Cloward, Morgan Dayley, Kerie Darner, and Jenni Chapman perform selected scenes from Almost, Maine, a critically acclaimed play by American actor and playwright John Cariani (b. 1969). 

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, host David Latulippe welcomes Theater Rhinoceros to the virtual stage of the Corona Radio Theater, with actors Rudy Guerrero (pic 1) and Craig Souza (pic 2) performing The Lavender Scare, written by The Rhino’s executive director, playwright John Fisher (pic 3) - live on the air, via Zoom. 

Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, with host David Latulippe, we welcome back onto the virtual stage of the Corona Radio Theater, actors Susi Damilano and Bill English of San Francisco Playhouse (pictured during their first CRT performance on May 7) and their world premiere performance of the short play Panopticon by California playwright Aaron Loeb

Mark Leialoha

 (Unfortunately due to copyright restrictions, we are unable to post audio for this week's episode.)

This week on Open Air, KALW’s live radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, we welcome back to the virtual stage of the Corona Radio Theater: Theater Company Word for Word with their reading of The Islanders, a story of unexpected friendship, danger, and reconciliation - and a road trip in Ireland, by Andrew Sean Greer, the San Francisco Pulitzer Prize winning writer.

This week on Open Air, KALW’s live radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, the virtual stage of Open Air’s Corona Radio Theater will be cleared for The Marsh San Francisco, with two of the theater’s best-known artists, Don Reed and Kate Robards. 

This week on Open Air, KALW’s live radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, the virtual stage of Open Air’s Corona Radio Theater features San Francisco Playhouse, and their production of one of the most celebrated plays in the history of American radio, Lucille Fletcher’s Noir thriller Sorry Wrong Number

Elena Seibert

  

Regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson explores how My Fair Lady turned Shaw’s Pygmalion into a fine musical.

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This week on Open Air, KALW’s live radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, we raise the virtual curtain for the first installment of Open Air’s Corona Radio Theater. Featuring this week is theater company Word for Word; renowned for bringing short stories from the page to the stage, fully theatricalized; and their reading - on Zoom - of Tobias Wolff's story, Firelight

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