Radio theater

Coming soon to the Corona Radio Theater of Open Air: San Francisco Playhouse & “Sorry, wrong number”


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

No one other than Orson Welles called Wrong number Sorry “greatest single radio script ever written”. The story originally aired on the Suspense radio program in 1943, and Fletcher adapted and developed it for the classic 1948 film noir film starring Barbara Stanwyck (pictured) and Burt Lancaster. In 1952 Stanwyck also starred in a production of the radio play.

SF Playhouse co-founder and production manager Susi Damilano will channel Stanwyck’s performance as she reads the role of Leona Stevenson, the spoiled, bedridden daughter of a wealthy businessman, who while listening to what appears to be a cross phone connection, hears two of the men planning the murder of a woman.

Also featured in Wrong number Sorry are SF Playhouse Artistic Director Bill English in male roles; and Wera von Wulfen in the female roles.

Plus, we chat with Robert Kelley, Founding Artistic Director of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, about his 50-year history with the Tony Award-winning Company. Earlier this month, he celebrated the 50th anniversary of the theater he founded as a recent Stanford graduate, and he is preparing to retire from that bar in June 2020. We will discuss his legacy and the start of the new season, which has been postponed. until October 2020.

We chat with Riley Nicholson, Project Manager at the Center For New Music, about the activities of the Center in Times of Corona, which include an online “Encore Concerts” series; the launch of an “album of the week” to showcase contemporary voices and help artists sell their albums; resource kits for artists; an online Feldenkrais workshop; and much more. Join the conversation, Blaine Todd, curator of this week’s Encore concert, with singer / songwriter Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, sound / dronesmith artist Chris Duncan, and electronics and percussion duo IMA.

Additionally, we meet composer Jake Heggie, who features in this week’s edition of Noah Music Listening Club, an initiative of Meena Bhasin and Owen Dalby (who joins the conversation), co-artistic directors of Noe Valley Chamber Music. They shifted their main focus from live concerts to an online listeners club using Zoom and high quality live radio.

Open Air, with host David Latulippe, will be broadcast live on Thursday, May 7 at 1 p.m. and will be available for listening there, forever after …


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