Today’s guests are theater people with The Wayward Artist and the South Coast Rep, with plays we can all see in the next couple of weeks right here in the OC. We’ll begin with Craig Tyrl, Artistic Director of The Wayward Artist to talk about “Avenue Q,” which runs until this Sunday, July 30th at the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana. Details are available at: https://www.thewaywardartist.org/avenue-q. In the second segment (approx min 20:20) playwright, actor, and singer Sandra Delgado talks about how she built her own immersive experience of a play “La Havana Madrid” which runs til Aug 4th at SCR’s Outside, at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Details are available at: https://www.scr.org/plays/plays-landing/outside-scr/. Both productions have the host’s stamp of approval.
Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa – album; Avenue Q, “There’s a Fine, Fine Line,” sung by Stephanie D’Abruzzo; Malavoi, “Ti Djo’,” Salsa Mundo – album.
Since “Ask A Leader” listeners can walk and chew gum, you all can continue watching 2022 midterm election results while we take on local union activity. Organizers with the UAW and the UC-AFT on UCI campus have just started a strike, joining 48,000 UC system wide with grievances aplenty among those in lecturing and researching roles, https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/reinstate-fired-lecturers-respect-the-union-contract-restore-justice. Guests include: Nick Maurer, lecturer awaiting re-appointment; Mia Villegas, lab project coordinator and academic workers’ UAW recording secretary; and in absentia, Honora St. Clair, UC-AFT 5810 field representative; and . Returning to the show in the second segment (minute 29:26), is Craig Tyrl, artistic director of The Wayward Artist. He’s got a play this month, a gala next month, and a new season next year.
Music credits: Chimora, “African Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album; Sportive Tricks, “Working Man,” Tricks of the Trade – album; Billy Bragg “There is Power in the Union,” Talking with the Taxman about Poetry – album; Sportive Tricks, “The Working Man,” Tricks of the Trade – album.
In the first segment Edith Wharton scholar Sheila Liming, brings her new book Office in the Bloomsbury published series Object Lessons. Like a Renaissance woman, she takes the longest view, over the centuries, of that vaunted structure known as the office, in a humanities lesson that breaks humanities lessons.
In the second segment (minute 33:36), Craig Tyrl artistic director at the Wayward Artist returns to the show, bringing his latest production that he himself is directing, “The Nether”, written by Jennifer Haley. The show runs from November 12-21st, at the Grand Central Art Center, 124 N Broadway in Santa Ana. Craig will also commemorate the Orange County Theater Guild Awards during a very different kind of year.
Acclaimed director, performer, and educator Brooke Aston brings “Ordinary Days,” a musical by Adam Gwon, in a filmed-staged production at a special outdoor, drive-in venue in Tustin 7-24 at 8 pm. This is the sign of life as The Wayward Artists return to life, honk honk. https://www.thewaywardartist.org for tickets and other information. Brooke also posts us on how artists are resuming their creative work as the pandemic dims ever so slowly. Music credits: The Comet is Coming, “New Age,” Channel The Spirits album; The Wayward Artist production “Ordinary Days.”
In the time honored ritual, AAL turns to culture to close out the holidays and the year. Today’s guests cover both rich and abundant offerings in our community. Craig Tyrl, artistic director of The Wayward Artist productions in Santa Ana, and a member of the faculty of the Cal State Fullerton University Dept of Theater and Dance, pivots and persists in the creative process during the pandemic and beyond. In the final segment of AAL in 2020 (minute 24:53), is local artist with international acclaim, Elizabeth Turk. She considers her immersive projects on Laguna Beach and in Pomona, CA, as well as her current installation at the Southern California Art Projects and Exhibitions The Air We Breathe: Covid Diaries. Music credits: Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacificue”; Salsa Celtica, “Auld Ang Syne”; “Gabriel’s Oboe” from The Mission (composed by Ennio Morricone 11/10/28-6/6/20) http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/TyrlTurkPod12-29-20.mp3
We hear from CA Auditor’s Office, Margarita Fernández, Chief of Public Affairs and Quality Assurance and member of the executive management team for the California State Auditor’s Office. Her agency is tasked with overseeing the CA citizen redistricting process. This program suits up everyone for participating in that process, including the public meeting in Irvine April 7th, 12:30-2:20 p.m. at the Duck Club. Follow the process at: http://shapecaliforniasfuture.auditor.ca.gov/ .
In the second segment (minute, 30:27), Craig Tyrl, artistic director of Wayward Artist, lifts the curatin about his troupe’s second season opening April 12th, inside the Grand Central Art Center, in Santa Ana. Details for this robust season are available at: http://www.thewaywardartist.org/.