Radio theater

The Corona Radio Theater continues with the Zoom reading of Word for Word by THE ISLANDERS


NPR affiliate KALW-FM 91.7 FM is suing Corona Radio Theater in its outdoor program with theater company Word for Word’s Reading – on Zoom – of “The Islanders”, an unexpected friendship story, from danger and reconciliation, by Andrew Sean Greer, the San Francisco Pulitzer Prize-winning writer.

Andrew Sean Greer’s story “The Islanders” is interpreted by Word for Word and airs Thursday, May 21 at 1 pm. Open Air’s Corona Radio Theater, a live radio magazine from KALW for the Bay Area performing arts in Times of Corona, hosted by actor / musician David Latulippe. Word for Word is renowned for bringing short stories from the page to the stage, fully theatrical; Word for Word premiered “The Islanders” in 2011 with several of the original cast from that Corona Radio Theater production. This week’s performers are Paul Finocchiaro, Stephanie Hunt, Delia MacDougall, Joel Mullennix and Nancy Shelby directed by Sheila Balter.

Andrew Sean Greer’s “The Islanders” on May 21 at KALW Open Air (1 p.m.) Corona Radio Theater Live on 91.7 FM and https://www.kalw.org & podcast thereafter.

Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of The Story of a Marriage, which the New York Times called an “inspirational lyrical novel,” and The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was named San Francisco’s Best Book of 2004. Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune while winning many other honors from coast to coast. His first novel, The Path of Minor Planets, and his collection of stories, How It Was for Me, were also widely acclaimed. Her stories have appeared in Esquire, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and other national publications, and were recently collected in The Book of Other People and Best American Nonrequired Reading. He is the recipient of the PEN / O’Henry Prize for Short Fiction, the Northern California Book Award, the California Book Award, a Pulitzer for his novel Less, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award and National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Public Library. Greer currently lives in San Francisco and New York, working on his next novel.

Andrew Sean Greer was born in Washington, DC, the son of two scientists. He studied writing at Brown University, where he was the keynote speaker at his own graduation ceremony. After years in New York City as an unsuccessful chauffeur, TV appearer, and writer, he moved to Missoula, MT, where he received his MFA from the University of Montana. He quickly moved to San Francisco and began publishing in magazines before publishing a collection of his stories, How It Was for Me. His first novel, The Path of Minor Planets, was published with great success in 2001, and his second book, The Confessions of Max Tivoli, came out in 2004. John Updike first put this novel on the literary map when, in the pages of The New Yorker, he called it “enchanting, in the perfumed and refined style of the disenchantment carried to greatness by Proust and Nabokov ”. Mitch Albom then chose Max for the Today Show Book Club and he quickly became a bestseller. The New York Times wrote that in his new novel, The Story of a Marriage, Greer rises “to the top of masters like Marilynne Robinson and William Trevor”.

WORD FOR WORD is the theater company that transforms classical and contemporary fiction into performance works for the stage. Founded in 1993 by Susan Harloe and JoAnne Winter. mWord for Word interprets short stories in their entirety, preserving the author’s language and honoring his literary intent. Word for Word has staged works throughout the Bay, as well as in France. In 1997 Word for Word received a special award from the Bay Area Critics Circle for its unique concept and in 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2005 the Bay Area Critics Circle awarded the company numerous honors for productions such as The Halfway Diner, Winesburg, Ohio, Stories of Tobias Wolff and Immortal Heart. In 2008, Word for Word received the Best Ensemble Award for Sonny’s Blues, with composer Marcus Shelby receiving Best Original Score for the production. Playwright Octavio Solis, Cal Shakes Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone, and Word for Word Co-Artistic Director JoAnne Winter, came together in 2006 to create an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven which premiered in 2010. Word for Word is a Z space program.

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