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Lean & Hungry Theater's production of The Tempest is a blast into the future. Prospero and Miranda's isolated existence is upended when a spaceship crash-lands on their faraway planet. Join Caliban (the alien), Ariel (the sentient computer), royalty, young lovers, and tricksters as each grapple for power and freedom.
Following the one-hour radio play, we hear a post-performance discussion, taped in front of an live audience. Kojo Nnamdi moderates the panel, including Lean & Hungry Artistic Director and Co-founder Jessica Hansen, WAMU 88.5 Program Director Mark McDonald and The Tempest Director Hannah Todd, American University Theatre Professor Caleen Sinnette Jennings and playwright Edgar Farr Russell III. They talk about the challenges of creating radio plays and adapting Shakespearean language to fit with new settings, in the case of The Tempest an alien planet in the distant future.
Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.