This Monday, when you’re getting your home ready for the family, or perhaps getting your Christmas dinner started, you’ll have something wonderful to keep you company. KPFK’s “Arts in Review,” which is Los Angeles’s longest-running radio showcase on live theater and cabaret, will present its annual Christmas Day Holiday Drama Special, aired in two parts (at 10 am and 1 pm), with the radio dramatization premieres of All is Calm, All is Bright (“The Story of Silent Night”) & One Horse Open Sleigh (“The Story of Jingle Bells”), performed by the Arts in Review (AIR) Repertory Players. This special broadcast will also offer the 14th annual concert presentation of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales, featuring actor Al Alu, and an encore presentation of AIR Repertory’s The Christmas Eve Truce. Hosted by entertainment journalist Julio Martinez, the program will air on KPFK 90.7.FM and will stream live worldwide on kpfk.org.
All is Calm, All is Bright, written by Julio Martinez, directed by Irene Arranga, edited by Jee Hyun Lee of Pacifica Archives, chronicles Christmas Eve in the home of choirmaster Franz Gruber, and the events leading to the hastily composed Christmas Carol, Silent Night. The AIR Repertory Players include Gigi Perreau, Richard Heft, Linnea Liu Dakin, Lauren Lewis. Michael Yapujian, Cullen Kirkland and Estela Volturo.
One Horse Open Sleigh, written by Julio Martinez, directed by Irene Arranga, edited by Federico Garcia of KPFK Radio, follows the events in 19th century Savannah, Georgia that led to the creation of a simple tavern drinking song that become one of the this country’s most iconic holiday melodies, Jingle Bells. The AIR Repertory Players include Ed Krieger, Christiane Carman, Richard Heft, Lauren Lewis and Michael M. Johnson. The music director is David Moscoe.
The great 20th century Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) wrote A Child’s Christmas in Wales, a reminiscence of his youth growing up in the South Wales village of Swansea. He performed the piece on the radio in 1952, shortly before his death. The work was published posthumously in 1955. American actor Al Alu, who passed away on Dec 2, 2014, was a founding member of the prestigious American Conservatory Theater (ACT). Mr. Alu’s performance is underscored by Koto Keys (keyboardist Marilyn Harris and Japanese harp virtuoso Mara Purl).
This holiday special will air Monday, Dec. 25, on KPFK (90.7fm), featuring A Child’s Christmas in Wales at 10 am, The Christmas Eve Truce at 10:30 am, All is Calm All is Bright at 1 pm and One Horse Open Sleigh at 1:30 pm.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas, and that your day will be filled with love, family, and maybe even theater!
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