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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.)

 

  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

John Hefti

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, host David Latulippe talks, appropriately socially distant, with Eric Zivian and Tanya Tomkins (pictured), directors of Valley of the Moon Music Festival (VMMF), about how they are coping with the current crisis. 

Cory Weaver

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks, appropriately socially distant, with Mark Streshinsky, general director of West Edge Opera, about the annual summer festival, thus far going full steam ahead from July 25th through August 9th  at The Bridge Yard in Oakland.  

Open Air, KALW’s weekly radio magazine about the Bay Area Performing Arts, is back! 

On this week's Open Air, a talk (by phone) about what the cancellation of virtually all performing arts venues have on various artists, including a talk with conductor Martin West about the San Francisco Ballet, with Bill English, co-founder of San Francisco Playhouse, and with freelance musicians Mads Tolling and Matt Szemela.  Plus regular contributor Peter Robinson shares possible home and outdoor activities during "shelter in place".

Mario Parnell

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts in times of Coronavirus, host David Latulippe talks with AJ Baker, founder and executive artistic director of 3Girls Theatre Company, about their 8th New Works Festival, titled Hindsight is 2020: Reimagining Women’s History The festival runs from runs from March 20-29 at Z Below (470 Florida St.) in San Francisco. 

Matthew Murphy

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with composer, singer-songwriter, actor, author, activist, international rock star, and 17-time Grammy Award-winner Sting (pictured, center), who is in town to star in his own new musical, The Last Ship,    playing at the Golden Gate Theatre (1 Taylor St.) in San Francisco, through March 22.

Jeremy Daniel

This week on Open Air, KALW’s weekly radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with actors Lorenzo Pugliese and Daria Pilar Redus (pictured), who play the parts of SpongeBob SquarePants and his squirrel girlfriend Sandy Cheeks, in The SpongeBob Musical, which is in town through February 16. 

Jessica Palopoli

This week on Open Air, KALW’s weekly radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with Susi Damilano (pictured, left), star of the new production of Tiny Beautiful Things  at SF Playhouse - and also the company’s producing director. Performances are through March 7 at SF Playhouse (450 Post St.) in San Francisco. 

Ashima Yadav

This week, on another web-exclusive edition of Open Air, KALW’s weekly radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with co-founder and director Vinita Sud Belani from theatre company EnActe Arts, about The Case of the Vanishing Firefish, a fantasy fiction voyage inspired by both Harry Potter  and The Da Vinci Code

Hershey Felder Presents

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with concert pianist, actor, and author Mona Golabek, about her one-woman show The Pianist of Willesden Lane, presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts (500 Castro St.) in Mountain View, through February 16. 

Mimi’s Suitcase - PolySHAMory - The Violins of Hope

Jan 15, 2020
Diaspora Arts Connection

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with multilingual playwright and actor Ana Bayat, about her one-woman show, Mimi's Suitcasean autobiographical story about identity, immigration, women’s rights, and involuntary displacement. 

This week on Open Air, KALW's weekly radio magazine of the performing arts, host David Latulippe will be talking with choreographer/performer Kathleen Hermesdorf about San Francisco’s 11th annual FRESH Festival of Experimental Dance, Music + Performance, held over three weekends from January 6 - 26 at the Joe Goode Annex (401 Alabama St.) in San Francisco.

Lance Huntley

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the performing arts, guest host Leah Garchik talks about the African-American Shakespeare Company's unique annual holiday offering of Cinderellawith AASC founder and executive director Sherri Young and lead actress Funmi Lola (pictured). Cinderella, the often told tale of a scullery maid determined to take her life into her own hands and make it better, runs for 4 performances, December 20-22 at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco. 

Matthew Murphy

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Noah Griffin talks with actors John Skelley and Benjamin Papac (pictured) about the exclusive West Coast production of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, in which they play the parts of Harry Potter, and his son, Albus Potter. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child runs at San Francisco’s Curran Theater (445 Geary St.) in San Francisco, through June 20, 2020. 

Jessica Palopoli

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with Rinabeth Apostol (pictured, right) and Ryan Drummond (left), who are the lead actors in the San Francisco Playhouse production of Groundhog Day the Musical, which runs through January 18, 2020 at SF Playhouse (450 Post Street) in San Francisco. 

Martin Girard

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with cellist and singer Amanda Zidow (pictured), who plays the role of the Island Queen Prospera, in Cirque du Soleil’s production Amaluna, currently visiting the Bay Area. 

Kevin Berne

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with actors Meera Rohit Kumbhani (pictured, left) and Avanthika Srinivasan (right), cast members of the world premiere of Testmatch, which runs at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater through December 8. 

Steve McNicholas

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, the co-creators of the international percussion sensation STOMP, which is in town for eight performances only, this week through November 10, at American Conservatory Theater’s (A.C.T.) Geary Theater (415 Geary St.) in San Francisco. 

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