Artwork by Aubrie Aguilar.
RADIO PLAYS IN THE TIME OF CORONA!!!
Marfa Public Radio, 93.5FM | Friday, September 18, 2020 and Wednesday, September 23rd
KMKB, 98.9FM | over the weekend of September 19th and 20th, 2020
Marfa Live Arts with KMKB Marfa presents Radio Plays in the Time of Corona, four radio plays written by award-winning Marfa High School playwrights and professionally produced, scored and brought to life by voice-over actors.
Radio Plays in the Time of Corona premieres on Marfa Public Radio, 93.5fm at noon on Friday, September 18, 2020, and again on Wednesday, September 23rd at 10pm.
Radio Plays in the Time of Corona play on KMKB 98.9fm over the weekend of September 19th and 20th, airing both Saturday and Sunday at noon and 6pm.
The plays were written by Marfa High School students during the April 2020, 9th annual Marfa Live Arts Playwriting Program which was led by New York playwright Caridad Svich. Usually, the winning student plays are brought to life with adult actors in front of a full house at the Crowley Theater in Marfa, however, due to COVID-19, the plays were unable to be staged this year. Making lemonade out of pandemic lemons – Marfa Live Arts decided to produce Radio Plays in the Time of Corona instead and we are thrilled to share them with you!
Radio Plays in the Time of Corona:
No Compass by Aubrie Aguilar, 10th grade:
This play will catch you by surprise. On the surface it is very simple. A ditching school and learning something story. But it has a tenderness in its rendering of characters that is moving. Compassionate and sweet and driven by dialogue. It just moves and flies.
It's Not Always Sunshine and Rainbows at Coneset Hill by Febi Brimhall, 11th grade:
An unexpectedly delightful lark of a play. Beatrice and Wayne are terrific characters, and there's a warmth in the telling of this tale about feeling/being othered that is truly captivating, smart and winning.
Friend or Foe: Legend of the Hellhound by Devin Meierhoff, 12th grade:
A very funny, self-aware Western. Just a hoot. You can feel the FUN the writer is having on the page. Artful, sly, adventurous. Has a bit of Coen Brothers vibe to it in Ballad of Buster Scruggs mode.
Rona by Avery Beltran (Class of 2020)
A pandemic comedy/horror story. Very funny. Very intentionally extreme and vivid. A comedy sketch that looks at human’s extreme behavior during COVID-19. It just grabs the stage and doesn't let go.
Professional actors from across the globe perform Radio Plays in the Time of Corona including:
Diana Burbano, a Colombian immigrant, is an Equity actor, a playwright and a teaching artist at South Coast Repertory and Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble.vHer plays focus on female protagonists and social issues. As an actor she originated the roles of Ama de Casa in the Spanish version of Menopause the Musical, Thumb in Imagine, and Ana Guerrero in Jose Cruz Gonzales' Long Road Today at South Coast Repertory. She was in Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Latinx Play Project and was Marfa Live Arts’ guest playwright in 2018.
David DeLaO received his BFA in Theater from Sul Ross State University and for the past nine years has pursued the craft of acting making numerous appearances in television, film and commercials. He has been a working actor with the Screen Actors Guild for the past five years.
Georgeanne Kalweit is a singer-songwriter and voice talent from Minneapolis who has been residing in Italy for 30 years. She got her start singing jingles for Italian TV commercials and was the lead vocalist under BMG-Sony with the Milan band Delta V (Monaco ‘74 & Le Cose Cambiano.) In 2014 she performed in Marfa, through Marfa Live Arts, while on a five city US tour. The Ep Swiss Bikes produced with her new project, The Kalweit Project was released in April 2019.
Robert Ashker Kraft has used his voice to make his living for decades. His work as a professional voice talent can be heard in every format from radio, TV, internet, games and film, to the world of Anime, where he performs in numerous English-dub Features for ADV Films. He currently Writes, Produces and Voices audio for Radio, TV, and Film in his VoiceKraft studio in Paige, TX.
Giselle Marie Muñoz is an award-winning Latina actor and is Co-Founder + Community Director of Austin Arthouse Film Festival spotlighting filmmakers from across the world who defy conventions, champion art + challenge audience expectations.
Arthur Ruíz started acting at a young age appearing in school plays and community theater throughout his formative years in West Texas. At eighteen Arthur started acting in film productions across Texas and in Los Angeles. Currently, Arthur travels back and forth from California to West Texas getting involved in productions from time to time. He has had lead roles in several Marfa Live Arts’ productions.
Mónica Sánchez is a playwright, director and actor. Beginning in New Mexico with La Compañía de Teatro and in California where she worked with Luís Valdez' El Teatro Campesino as well as The Magic Theatre; Campo Santo; Eureka; Word for Word; Intersection for the Arts, Luís Alfaro, Culture Clash, the Latino Theatre Lab, South Coast Repertory, San Diego Repertory, Cornerstone Theatre, Playwright's Arena, and Company of Angels to name a few. Her play, Los Dreamers received the Distinguished Achievement for the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award as well as the Kennedy Center Latinx Playwriting award. Mónica was Marfa Live Arts’ guest playwright in 2019.