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A new theater program is helping local at-risk teenagers get back on a path to success. Shakespeare on the Streets matches students enrolled in Hillside's Reinvesting in Youth program with members of the Rochester Police Department, the Rochester Latino Theatre Company, and local Shakespeare artists.  

The student actors -- who have all had encounters with law enforcement -- will perform selections of Henry V on March 11 at 6:30 p.m. and March 12 at 3 p.m. at Wilson Foundation Academy. We talk to program organizers and to student participants, who explain how the play's themes have inspired them to work toward new beginnings. Our guests: 

Organizers and participants in the Bronze Collective Theatre Fest discuss their upcoming performances. Our guests:

  • Grace Flores, playwright 
  • Kevin Hicks, public relations coordinator for the festival
  • Reuben Tapp, festival founder 
  • David Taylor, playwright and filmmaker

Geva's new production of To Kill a Mockingbird hits the stage February 16, and the theatre is tying threads throughout the local arts community. Students from School of the Arts (SOTA) are shadowing their professional counterparts, culminating in their own chance to perform the show. The George Eastman Museum will screen the Oscar-winning film version of To Kill a Mockingbird next week. And Writers & Books will host a class called "Re-Imagining To Kill a Mockingbird," allowing the public to get closer to the story before the production opens on stage. Our guests:

  • Mark Cuddy, artistic director, Geva Theatre Center
  • Skip Greer, playing Atticus Finch on the Geva stage
  • Catherine Yeager, member of the Moving Image Team, George Eastman Museum
  • Lorie Dengler Dewey, director of SOTA’s To Kill A Mockingbird and SOTA drama faculty member
  • Bill McDonough, student actor

We spend this hour talking film and the environment with the Fast Forward Film Festival. It's an upcoming event at the Little and Dryden Theatres. Our guests are:

  • Andy Stern, executive director, The Lost Bird Project
  • Todd McGrain, artist, filmmaker, and film festival juror
  • Nora Brown, film commissioner 

The upcoming season for the Rochester Broadway Theatre League opens on October 7, with the Return of "The Book of Mormon". We sit down with RBTL presenter Albert Nocciolino to talk about the shows coming to Rochester this year, which includes "Kinky Boots" and "Annie".

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