The Front Row, Wednesday, 10/14/2009

Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner talks about his Drama of Big Issues – his plays in which the characters find themselves contending with – and frequently struggling against – the major political, societal and cultural changes of their day. We alse hear music performed by mezzo-soprano and Artistic Director, Sonja Bruzauskas … tenor Kenneth Gayle … and pianists Anita Kruse and Rodney Waters of Divas World Productions … as they preview When Roar Becomes Aria: Transformations in Fairy Tales...
Playwright Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, speaks by phone with TFR Producer Bob Stevenson. Mr. Kushner is the Guest of Honor for this year's Dominique de Menil Memorial Lecture at Rice University; he'll be interviewed on stage tonight at 8:00PM in the Shepherd School of Music's Stude Concert Hall by Rice President, Doctor David W. Leebron. Listen Download

Mezzo-soprano Sonja Bruzuaskas and pianist Rodney Waters are the Artistic Director and Assistant A. D., respectively, of Divas World Productions. Tenor Kenneth Gayle has lived and worked in Houston since he retired from the Three Mo' Tenors vocal trio … and singer-songwriter-and-pianist, Anita Kruse, is a former Artist-in-Residence at Houston's Poe Elementary School. They, together with violinist Jonathan Godfrey of Mercury Baroque … poet Ava Haymon … and Jungian analyst, Kate Burns … present When Roar Becomes Aria: Transformation in Fairy Tales and Music; it's the first program in the new season of Song Salon recitals offered by Divas World Productions. KUHF's Chris Johnson hosts a preview session with most of the key performers involved with this weekend's salon's. Listen Download

John Johnston is the Artistic Director of Houston's Classical Theatre Company, which is currently presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the one-man version of the play, adapted by and starring actor Guy Roberts, Artistic Director of the Prague Shakespeare Festival … and co-directed by him and Mr. Johnston. The remaining performances of Hamlet are this Thursday through Sunday evening at 7:30PM at HITS Theatre. TFR host St. John Flynn speaks with Johnston and Roberts about the production. Listen Download  Extended Interview