Open Air Corona Radio Theater Presents: SF Mime Troupe and ‘A Red Carol’
This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the performing arts, host David Latulippe cleans the stage at the Corona Radio Theater for the San Francisco mime troupe, and their first-ever one-room vacation offering. radio with music – a new militant adaptation of the Dickens classic: A red song.
Following the successful collaboration with the SF Mime Troupe (SFMT) in their nine-part project Tales of the Resistance series, the Corona Radio Theater from Open Air presents the cast-focused adaptation of Dickens’ work A Christmas Carol, which claims this groundbreaking classic not as the story of the redemption of a single villain, but as the never-ending story of all of us making the world a more progressive place.
In A red song, Ebenezer Scrooge is a corporate banker, busy banning the unlucky masses. Bob Cratchit and his beleaguered family live in a cold tent in an anonymous homeless settlement. The ghost of Christmas Past still reminds Scrooge of the man he was and the paths he unfortunately did not choose. The Ghost of the Christmas Gift highlights the tough life of the 99% – and the role of the stingy banker in making it so. And the ghost of Christmas Future still offers fear and the promise of redemption, sporting a flowing black dress made of trash bags and plastic sheeting glued together.
Written by actor, playwright and member of the SFMT collective Michael Gene Sullivan, A red song regulars stars of the SF Mime Troupe, veterans of Tales of the Resistance and new guest artists: Keiko Shimosato-Carreiro (The ghost of Christmas past); Wilma Bonet (The ghost of the Christmas present); Michael Gene Sullivan (Bob Spits); Velina Brown (Mrs. Crachit); Lisa Hori-Garcia (Beautiful); Amos Glick (Fezziwig); with: Jarion Monroe (The ghost of Marley); André Amarotico (Fred); Milo Carter-Daniels (Little Tim), Mike McShane (Scrooge). Musical direction by Daniel Savio. Musicians: Daniel Savio, Patrick Byers and David Rokeach.
Open Air, with host David Latulippe, aired Thursday, December 17 at 1 p.m., and archived there thereafter. Listen now or anytime …