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Corona Radio Theater: Word for Word & The Appropriation of Cultures – SF Ballet – Peter Robinson


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

On Appropriation of cultures, Percival Everett said: “Since I told the South Carolina State Legislature in 1989 that I could not continue my speech due to the presence of such an obvious exclusionary sign. [the confederate flag], I didn’t really think about South Carolina.

Percival Everett (b.1956) is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Southern California and author of nearly thirty books, including Erasure and I am not Sidney Poitier. He has received numerous awards, including the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Dos Passos Prize, the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Appropriation of cultures will be performed live on air, for archiving there, with permission of the author, by actors Cassidy Brown, Artis Fountaine, Safiya Frederick, Gwen Loeb and David Moore. Directed by Rami Margron; music by Marcus Shelby.

We’re talking about SF Ballet in Times of Corona, and their recent online video series, with Christophe Denis, production manager of SF Ballet. Chris has been with the Ballet for 10 years. He has a background in technical theater and is also a lighting designer whose work features in the repertoires of ballet companies around the world including the American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, West Australia Ballet, Coleman and Lemieux & Compagnie, ProArte Danza and Moonhorse Dance Theater. In addition to his dance work, he has designed lighting for the Shaw and Stratford festivals as well as other regional opera, theater and film productions.

Dennis started at SF Ballet as a Technical Director and oversees and is responsible for everything that happens on stage except the choreography. Sets, costumes, makeup, you name it.

In addition, a regular contributor to Open Air and critic in general, Pierre Robinson, respond to comments and advice from listeners on how music can help in quarantine; and since it’s back-to-school week (even if it’s about going to school at home), he reviews a book called 25 great phrases and how they came to be this way, by Geraldine Woods, an aid for any student or anyone writing essays, reports or journals.

Open Air, with host David Latulippe, heard live on Thursday August 27 at 1 p.m., to be archived there later …

IIf you enjoy reading today, Word for Word is pleased to announce a new podcast!

The WORD for WORDcast debuts Thursday, September 17th with ‘EM ForsterThe machine stops’. More information on zspace.org/pod.