The Front Row, Tuesday, 4/08/2008

Today we speak with Eileen J. Morris, Artistic Director of The Ensemble Theatre, and actress Cheray Dawn Josiah who portrays Alberta in the revival production of The Sty and the Pig.  We also hear from movie producer, Ashok Rao, who tells us about his production, Before it Rains, which opens this year's 41st annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival...
The Ensemble Theater's Artistic Director/director Eileen J. Morris and actress Cheray Dawn Josiah speak with Bob Stevenson about the company's production of Phillip Hayes Dean's drama, The Sty and the Pig.  The play is a powerful study of the conflicted dynamics of an African-American family living in Chicago at the beginning of the Civil Rights Era.  Listen.   Download.

Former Houston business executive turned movie producer, Ashok Rao, speaks with Bob Stevenson about his production of Before it Rains, which opens this year's 41st annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival on Friday.  This film is an epic, cross-cultural romantic tragedy set against the backdrop of the stirrings of nationalism in colonial India.  Listen.  Download.

Dancer-choreographer Dominic Walsh and Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramirez Sansano tell us about E_Merging Two, the newest piece premiered by Walsh's company, the Dominic Walsh Dance Theater this weekend at the Hobby Center's Zilka Hall.  It features original music by the string ensemble, Two Star Symphony, who joins us in the studio to play an excerpt from their score.   Listen.   Download.

Laura Samuel, the second violinist of the Long-based ensemble, the Belcea Quartet speaks with Dean Dalton about the ensemble, which makes its local debut on the Houston Friends of Music series, this evening at Rice University.  The Belcea Quartet's program tonight includes works by Haydn, Mozart, and the last of the three string quartets by English composer, Bejamin Britten.   Listen.   Download.