Guests Gail Perry and CJ Dion help welcome ‘The Munro Review on CMAC’ back into the studio
We’re back in the studio!
Here’s the latest episode of The Munro Review.
For the first time in way too long, “The Munro Review on CMAC” returned to the CMAC studios to shoot an episode. If you recall, I had to get creative in terms of filming the show during the pandemic. I filmed intros and episodes in all sorts of places: outside the Saroyan Theatre, the Forestiere Underground Gardens, North Fork, the 2nd Space Theatre, Fresno Veterans Memorial Auditorium and more. The strangest experience was filming myself with my laptop outside my condo’s swimming pool last summer while smoke-choked haze from the fires filled everything around me.
In this episode, I feature three major stories:
• Gail Perry, who won the Best in Show award in the 2021 Arts Alive in Agriculture juried competition, talks about her winning painting. She talks about the powerful draw of art throughout her life, the Armenian work ethic, the role of agriculture in the central San Joaquin Valley, and more. [Story starts at 3:30]
• I filmed a Facebook Live video earlier this summer at a reception celebrating the start of UR Here Theater. This nonprofit arts collaborative is committed to “creating opportunities for under-represented populations to share their stories on stage and beyond.” A reminder: The next UR Here event is a staged reading of John Guerra’s “The Last, Best Small Town” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug, 14, at the 2nd Space Theatre. [Story starts at 12:20]
• Speaking of theater news, CJ Dion is founder of 63rd Street Productions, which he describes as a new community collective educating in Theatre, Dance, and Technical Stage Arts. He joined us in the studio along with one of his students, Reyna Estes, who also gives a short performance of two monologues. [Story starts at 15:40]
Hope you enjoy.