The Tempest and Post Performance Discussion | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

The Tempest and Post Performance Discussion

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.


NPR

From Her Dad To Her 'Jamish' Roots, A Poet Pieces Her Story Together

Salena Godden grew up in 1970s England with a Jamaican mom and an absent English-Irish dad. In her memoir, Springfield Road, she looks back on her struggle to find her personal identity.
NPR

If You've Ever Looked For Faces In Your Potato Chips, Thank Myrtle Young

The Potato Chip Lady, aka Myrtle Young, died in August of this year. She was 90. Young became famous after showing her collection of unusually shaped chips to Tonight Show host Johnny Carson in 1987.
NPR

Tennessee's Medicaid Deal Dodges A Partisan Fight

An agreement between the Tennessee Hospital Association and Republican Gov. Bill Haslam expands Medicaid without tax dollars, an agreement that could be a blueprint for other states.
NPR

Die-In, Vortex, Selfie Stick: What's The Word Of 2014?

In January, members of the American Dialect Society will vote on the 2014 Word of the Year. Linguist Ben Zimmer runs through some contenders — including words both old and new.