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Geva Theatre Center is kicking off its new season with what it's calling an innovative and unconventional production. "Recognition Radio" is a series of audio plays celebrating Black voices. The plays were written and directed by Black artists.

Creative producer Esther Winter wrote, "American theatre has historically compartmentalized the roles Blacks have played within its structures. But the reckoning this country is experiencing is changing that. Our writing, acting, singing, and creating are receiving a different level of recognition. We are now seen as more than a footnote or a stereotype. We are not a chapter. We are the book."

This hour, talk to the artists involved in the productions about what they hope audiences will learn from their stories, and about producing audio plays during a pandemic. Our guests:

  • Esther Winter, creative producer for “Recognition Radio: An Audio Play Festival Celebrating Black Voices”
  • Pirronne Yousefzadeh, associate artistic director, and director of engagement for Geva Theatre Center 
  • Kirsten Greenidge, playwright for “Feeding Beatrice: A Gothic Tale” 
  • Daniel Bryant, director of “Feeding Beatrice” 
  • Theresa M. Davis, dramaturg for “The Bleeding Class” 
  • Otis Ramsey Zoe, dramaturg for “we are continuous”
  • Christina Anderson, playwright for “The Resurrection of Michelle Morgan” 
  • Pascale Florestal, dramaturg for “The Resurrection of Michelle Morgan” 

Artistic and managing director Danny Hoskins calls the Blackfriars Theatre 2020-21 season “a journey.” If so, the men will be left standing on the wharf, watching the ship sail.

“We decided to do something that the Academy Awards didn’t do,” development manager Mary Tiballi Hoffman said Monday night at the Blackfriars announcement for the upcoming season at its East Main Street theater.

While the recent Oscars awards failed to recognize any female directors, Blackfriars has placed all six of the upcoming season’s productions in the hands of women.

A new theater opens in Canandaigua this weekend and its backers hope it fills a vital need in the local arts community.

It’s called the Sands Constellation Theatre, and it’s part of the Fort Hill Performing Arts Center on Fort Hill Avenue.

The theater dates back to the 1920s, and it is the former Canandaigua Academy School auditorium.