The one-hour radio production will be performed in front of an audience and broadcast live on WAMU 88.5 from 6:00 to 7:00pm. Audience members are invited to stay after the performance for Lean & Hungry's "Food for Thought" discussion and audience interaction focusing on the relevance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in literature and contemporary society.
The Lean & Hungry Theater turns classic Shakespeare into "a radio play" that anyone can understand – from kids to seniors. The company uses live sound effects and original music to create a contemporary interpretation.
Set in the Prohibition Era, Lean & Hungry's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" recasts many of Shakespeare's classic characters as gangsters and molls, with most of the action taking place in and around the Palace Hotel. The story of beguiled young lovers, vengeful mobster kingpins and slapstick laborers culminates with a hilarious "play-within-a-play" climax.
Lean & Hungry cast in a rehearsal for "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Sarah Ramirez left a high-prestige career to bring California's bounty of unsellable fruit to food banks in the state's Central Valley. Her grassroots organization is trying to address a regional conundrum: While many area farms end up with imperfect fruit that can't be sold to supermarkets, local farmworkers struggle to afford fresh produce.
A review group appointed by President Obama has recommended major changes to government surveillance programs. The group effectively called for the end of one of the most controversial programs run by the National Security Agency: the collection and storage of phone records of millions of Americans.
Online communities are taking physical shape in the San Francisco Bay Area, where young professionals run modern-day communes. It makes economic sense. Census numbers show San Franciscans pay the highest rent in the country.
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