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David Wilson

 

Actress, writer, and educator Rhodessa Jones got the idea for The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women almost 30 years ago, after teaching classes at the San Francisco County Jail.

 

Jones founded The Medea Project to explore whether an arts-based approach could help reduce the numbers of women returning to jail.

 

 Playwright Kelli Kerslake Colaco’s new play, "You Are My Sunshine," is based on a dark story from her own family history. Growing up, Kelli had heard rumors from different family members, and pieced together that one night in 1931, her great-grandfather killed his wife, mother-in-law, and then himself. The show searches for the truth  behind the dark family legend, and is narrated through Woody Guthrie-style folk songs. 

Playwright Kelli Kerslake Colaco: Sights & Sounds

Apr 19, 2018

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Playwright Kelli Kerslake Colaco told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this week.

Prateek Sarkar

When India became independent in 1947, Britain’s last act as the colonial power was to split the country in two based on religion. Hindus were forced to move to India and Muslims were forced to move to Pakistan.

Courtesy of Sarita Ocón

When theater artist Sarita Ocón started working as an actor in the Bay Area, she felt like something was missing, especially for a new generation of female, queer, and gender-expansive artists of color in the Bay Area.

Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi

San Francisco-based writer and performer Paul S. Flores began his artistic life as a spoken word artist and teacher. He was one of the founding staff members of nationally recognized youth poetry organization Youth Speaks.

But over the years his career has taken a turn toward theater, especially a kind of theater that draws its stories from real life and the words of real people.

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Since 2013, San Francisco’s Opera Parallèle partners with local schools to create and perform an original opera.

Fog City Blues: Blues Is a Woman

Jul 26, 2017

Blues Is a Woman celebrates women in the blues from Ma Rainey to Bonnie Raitt and beyond. 

David Wilson

 

When it came time to choose a musical to put on this summer, the team at San Francisco’s Theatre Rhinoceros knew they wanted to pull out all the stops for their 40th anniversary. And that’s how this queer theatrical institution decided on Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

 

Photo courtesy of Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Monsoon Wedding by Mira Nair was an unlikely hit in 2001.

Kehinde Koyejo

 

When Oakland theater company Ragged Wing Ensemble first started making work in 2004, they were renting space show-by-show.  Eventually, they made themselves a permanent home in downtown Oakland, creating a shared arts space they called the Flight Deck. It’s now home to four resident theater companies, and hosts performances, classes, workshops, and a gallery.

Sukanya Chakrabarti

 

A new play in the South Bay tells the story of a remarkable woman you may not know about.

David Wilson

 

The avant-garde theater troupe Thrillpeddlers has been shocking, titillating, and yes, thrilling audiences in the San Francisco theater the Hypnodrome since 2004.

Sights & Sounds: Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Nov 17, 2016

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Writer, performer, educator, and Chief of Programming at the YBCA Marc Bamuthi Joseph told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

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San Francisco actor, writer and storyteller Corey Rosen studied film production in college. But once he graduated he fell in love with theater — live, improvised theater.

 

Playwright Star Finch was born and raised in San Francisco, which means she’s seen a lot of change in her hometown over the years. Those changes, and her thoughts and concerns about them, show up in her work as a playwright and author. 

Courtesy San Francisco Mime Troupe

The San Francisco Mime Troupe has been performing free satirical theater in Bay Area parks for 50 years. They also run the Youth Theater Project, an after school program currently celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Photo: Joan Marcus (from Brava Theatre press folder)

 

Disco legend Sylvester wasn’t born in San Francisco, but he came into his own as an artist in the City in the 70s. He was a trailblazer both musically and culturally — with his high, clear falsetto and unapologetic presence as a fabulous gay black artist, he became known as the “Queen of Disco”.

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Larry Reed is a master of shadow puppetry. He learned the craft the traditional way in Bali in the 1970’s. 

Pat Mazzera

Classically trained composer and pianist JooWan Kim's new performance piece, The Town on Notice from Dimensions Dance Theater, is about Oakland’s gentrification. Together with his group Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Kim fuses hip-hop and classical elements together to make what he calls “hybrid music."

Little Opera

According to a recent study from the US Department of Education, only 4% of elementary schools provide any kind of theater arts instruction. This is down from 20% only a decade ago. That's just one reason that San Francisco’s Little Opera is so extraordinary.  

 

Little Opera is an after-school program that leads local children through the creation and performance of an original opera. This past year, the program's third season, kids in first through fifth grade met twice a week for nine months at West Portal Elementary School.

Dana Kawano

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. This week our guest is Amara Tabor-Smith. She’s a dancer, choreographer, performer, San Francisco native, and Oakland resident. Tabor-Smith caught up with KALW's Jen Chien to talk about their dancing days and to give her picks for cool arts happenings around the Bay this weekend. 

David Ford

At the Marsh Theater, you’ll find a man named Geoff Doyle trying a new approach to William Shakespeare's King Lear. The original play is the story of a king who decides to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters by testing their loyalty -- and ends up making some bad decisions in the process.

Audrey DIlling

A couple on an evening stroll down Valencia Street comes to a stop outside Lost Weekend Video. They’re peering in through the big front window.

“I wanted to check it out because I haven’t seen a video store in a long time,” says Abel Martinez. “These days I watch a lot of pirated movies.”

Michael Lionstar

Awards season is behind us, with top honors for acting handed out at the Golden Globes and Oscars. But after all the pomp and circumstance is over and the red carpet is rolled backed up, have you ever wondered -- what does it all mean? That’s the subject of Why Acting Matters, a new book by acclaimed film critic -- and San Francisco local -- David Thomson.

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Supervisors back off prior pledge to boost funding for nonprofits // SF Examiner

"San Francisco nonprofits that are dedicated to efforts such as providing health services or housing homeless persons received troubling news Tuesday that The City would not provide them with a boost in funding.

A performance crafted for you, starring you

Feb 4, 2015
Sasha Wizansky

Imagine this for a moment: What if everything about today was curated just for you? Who you meet, what you see, even how you feel? Everything, including this story (with eye-catching phrases written just for you).

That’s the same approach taken by Odyssey Works, a group of artists based in San Francisco and New York. They make long-form, immersive theater productions that can last anywhere from eight hours to several months -- and they do it all for an audience of one.

Cat knows more than she can say in Pussy (the play)

Nov 20, 2014

Maura Halloran's Pussy is clever, quirky, and full of wit and insights into human nature that only a pussycat can have. The title character is a cat owned by a lesbian whose romance is on the rocks. Writer and actor Halloran, Eric Jansen's guest on tonight's Out in the Bay (7pm Thursday) plays both soon-to-be ex-lovers, their mildly homophobic but clearly curious landlady, and Pussy, a keen observer who knows more than she's able to say. Halloran shifts smoothly and convincingly between all four characters, and is especially delightful to watch jumping onto furniture and calmly licking herself as her 'masters' bicker long-distance.    Meet all of Pussy's characters and their creator, Maura Halloran, on Out in the Bay, 7pm PST Thursday 11/20, on kalw.org worldwide/ 91.7 fm SF Bay Area; on demand after broadcast at OutintheBay.org

Bilha Sperling

The new play Faulted follows one character’s prediction of the next big California earthquake, and her struggle to convince everyone else before it’s too late.

KALW's Julie Caine spoke to Evren Odcikin, the play's director, and Deborah Eliezer, who plays the lead role of "Aurora" in the show, about what it means to face one of our biggest collective fears.

The show opens November 14. Click here for more information.

To hear the full interview, click on the audio player above.

Sandhya Dirks

The importance of what actually transpires at a city council meeting can get hidden behind seemingly boring procedure – the shuffling of papers and the issuing of proclamations. But behind the bureaucracy there are real people fighting small but important battles; battles like what to do with six inches of sidewalk, or how to raise the minimum wage. At city council meetings everyone gets a chance to speak. During public comment, the working mother and the downtown developer have the same amount of time to make their point of view known.

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