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Performing Arts

Theatre, Musical Theatre, Film, Opera, and other performing arts. Ray Renati is a San Francisco, California based actor, singer, director, and comedian. He has over three decades of experience in the performing arts from opera to film and TV to live performance on stage. Join Ray as he interviews actors, directors and people from any of the performing arts. Learn what happens behind the scenes. Ray is a fun loving guy with a passion for all performing arts.



First, a little about the exquisite The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre and my recent experience in participating in a staged reading festival there two weeks ago.

Our Guest

Jamie Coventry (Clown, Juggler, Co-Producer, Co-Director): Jamie was raised in central CA by a family of eccentrics. He studied theatre arts in Santa Fe, music in San Luis Obispo and education and circus arts in SF. Jamie has worked with Flynn Creek Circus, Circus of Sound, New Pickle Circus, The Pickle Circus School Tour, Teatro Zinzanni, Sweet Can and more. He is perhaps best known for his work with partner Natasha Kaluza. Coventry & Kaluza won Best Comedy/Clown Act in the American Circus Festival two years in a row, and Best Duo in the Picklewater Free Circus Festival. Jamie is also the co-creator of the neo- vaudevillian harmonica trio, Tin Sandwich and a dedicated member of the Bay Area Harmonica Club. www.coventryandkaluza.com


FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Sweet-Can-152063651476746/

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/sweetcanproductions/

TICKETS: http://sweetcanproductions.com/whats-next/

“simply beautiful to behold” - SF Weekly

“intimate, surprising, humorous…magical” - San Francisco Chronicle

Sweet Can Presents Two New Shows
for the 2018 Holiday Season

My Friend Hafiz "It's a concert. It's a circus. It's an inspiration"
Dec. 20 - 23, 2018
Limited Engagement - 5 Performances Only!

Produced by Sweet Can Productions and The Levins
Directed by Mindy Cooper Grenke

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZuK3MSORFU&feature=youtu.be

AUDIO CLIPS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOWX9bJiU7o&feature=youtu.be (5:18)


The 9th Annual… 
Mittens & Mistletoe - A Winter Circus Cabaret

Holiday Fun For Everyone!
Dec. 26 - 30, 2018
Limited Engagement - 9 Performances Only!

Produced by Sweet Can Productions
Directed by Natasha Kaluza and Jamie Coventry

TRAILER: https://youtu.be/Hp9UlWIwDKI

Dance Mission Theatre
3316 24th St. (at Mission St. - 24th St. BART) in SF 94110

WEB PAGE: sweetcanproductions.com

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Sweet-Can-152063651476746/

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/sweetcanproductions/


My Friend Hafiz - It’s a concert. It’s a Circus. It’s an inspiration. Weaving the wisdom of beloved Persian poet Hafiz into their rich tapestry of unique harmonies, award-winning songwriters, The Levins, create an incredible backdrop for the breathtaking beauty of
Sweet Can Circus. Wonder at the aerialists, be dazzled by acrobats and laugh with the clowns. First performed by Sweet Can Productions and the Levins in San Francisco in 2014, this production is a revival of that popular show - being brought back by audience request.

Performers featured include: Beth Clarke (Producer, Slack Rope, Aerial); Gregangelo Herrera (Whirling Dervish, Musician); Natasha Kaluza (Clown, Hula Hoop); Zoë Klein (Aerial, Acrobat, Dancer); Ira Levin (Inn Keeper); Tushar Mathew (Clown, Actor); Natalie Nayun (Dancer); Nina Sawant (Cyr Wheel, Aerial); Jeremy Vik (Hand Balancer, Acrobat).
Music will be performed live by: The Levins - Ira Levin & Julia Bordenaro Levin (Composer, guitar, piano, vocals); Joe Chang (Cello), Aharon Wheels Bolsta (Percussion). Callie Floor (Costumes); Joan Raymond (Costumes); Ian Wallace (Projections).
My Friend Hafiz is produced by Sweet Can Productions and The Levins and directed by Mindy Cooper Grenke.

Bios for MY FRIEND HAFIZ follow at the end of this release.

My Friend Hafiz plays for a limited engagement - 5 performances only Dec. 20 - 23, 2018 (Thurs. thru Sun.) at Dance Mission Theater 3316 24th St. (Mission St. BART.) in SF, 94110.
For tickets ($22 - $75) / info: myfriendhafiz.brownpapertickets.com or call (800) 838-3006

Reserved Seating Option - all shows: "VIP Reserved Seating"- $45 - $75 (sliding scale)

Performance Schedule - MY FRIEND HAFIZ
Dec. 20 - 23, 2018 - Limited Engagement – 5 Performances Only

Thurs. Dec. 20, 2018 7:00 pm - Preview - Kids, Srs $22, Adults $27 (gen. admission)
Fri. Dec. 21 8:00 pm - Kids, Srs $25, Adults $30 (gen. admission)
Sat. Dec. 22 3:00 and 8:00 pm - Kids, Srs $25, Adults $30 (gen. admission)
Sun. Dec. 23 2:00 pm - Kids, Srs $25, Adults $30 (gen. admission)

Doors open 20 minutes before the show. There will be pre-show with live music. 

Running time: 75 minutes (approx)


Mittens & Mistletoe - A Winter Circus Cabaret.


Sweet Can is proud to announce the 9th annual Mittens & Mistletoe: A Winter Circus Cabaret. A Bay Area favorite holiday tradition, ‘Mittens’ is back with more comedy, spectacular circus feats and interactive madcappery! This year’s cast includes veterans from Circus Bella, The New Pickle Circus, Cirque de Boheme, Ars Minerva, Flynn Creek Circus, and Teatro Zinzanni. World-class circus artists defy gravity, display stunning feats of strength and flexibility that enchant and mystify, along with award-winning clowns that amuse and delight all ages.

Performers featured include: Jamie Coventry (Co-Director, Clown); Ira Levin (Storyteller); Oriana Doria-Quesada (Rola Bola); Katherine Hutchinson (Aerial Tissu); Christine Lee (Contortion, Lyra); Nina Sawant (Cyr Wheel, Lyra); Amelia Van Brunt (MC, Clown).
Music will be performed live by: The Levins - Ira Levin and Julia Bordenaro Levin (Composer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals). Mittens & Mistletoe: A Winter Circus Cabaret is produced by Sweet Can Productions, and Directed by Natasha Kaluza and Jamie Coventry.

The 9th edition of Mittens & Mistletoe: A Winter Circus Cabaret plays for a limited engagement - 9 performances only Dec. 26 - 30, 2018 (Wed. thru Sun.) at Dance Mission Theater 3316 24th St. (Mission St. BART) in SF, 94110. For tickets ($18 - $65) and info:
https://mittens.brownpapertickets.com or call (800) 838-3006
Reserved Seating Option: All shows "VIP Reserved Seating"- $45 - $65 (sliding scale)

Dec. 26 - 30, 2018 - Limited Engagement - 9 Performances Only.

Wed. Dec. 26, 2018 8:00 pm - Preview  - Kids, Srs $18, Adults $23 (gen. admission)
Thurs. Dec. 27 4:00 pm - Opening Show - Kids, Srs $20, Adults $25 (gen. admission)
Thurs. Dec. 27 8:00 pm  - Kids, Srs $20, Adults $25 (gen. admission)
Fri. Dec. 28 4:00 pm  - Kids, Srs $20, Adults $25 (gen. admission)
Fri. Dec. 28 8:00 pm (adults only show)  - Srs $20, Adults $25 (gen. admission)
Sat. Dec. 29 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm - Kids, Srs $20, Adults $25 (gen. admission)
Sun. Dec. 30 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm - Kids, Srs $20, Adults $25 (gen. admission)

Mittens & Mistletoe is a family friendly performance and children are encouraged to attend. Many of the shows start at 1:00 or 4:00 pm.

The show will start ON TIME. Latecomers may not be able to sit with their parties, and will be seated by ushers at an appropriate moment during the show. Please allow ample time to find parking, most spaces in the area are metered. The parking garage on 21 St. and Valencia is a good option if you cannot find street parking.  We advise taking BART. 24th St./Mission BART station is across the street from the theater

Doors open 20 minutes before the show. There will be a 15 minute pre-show with live music. 

Running time: 65 minutes (approx)

Since 2006 Sweet Can Productions, the Independent circus company based in SF, has been bringing laughter, wonder, awe and delight with their unique combination of circus arts, theater, music, and clowning. Hip-hop hula hoop, jaw-dropping aerialists, and foot juggling slack ropers are just a few of the amazing acts presented over the years. When sour can't, Sweet Can!!!

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This week I spoke with the multi-talented writer and actor Neva Hutchinson about her new play (which I directed), "Raptured: The Disappearance and Discovery of Aimee Semple McPherson", playing through November 3rd, 2018.

Raptured: The Disappearance and Discovery of Aimee Semple McPherson

Location: The Phoenix Theatre

Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets


Neva's Web Site


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Email: [email protected]


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October 3, 2018

Alex Bennett


Alex Bennett is an American radio personality and talk show host, known for his mix of left-wing politics and humor. He currently hosts a show Tues-Fri on GABNet.net at 10 pm ET.

This week I had the opportunity to talk with one of my favorite people, Alex Bennett. Alex is a San Francisco Bay Area radio legend and a member of the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame. He has a career in radio and television spanning over 40 years. 

Alex Bennett's Audio Biography



Green Room Radio Web Site

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Music by Carly Ozard

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Today's episode features Jennifer Marshall who plays the character Susan Hargrove (Max's Mom)  in the huge Netflix TV show, "Stranger Things". We talk about all kinds of interesting topics within the world of acting and television. This was a lot of fun. Enjoy!

Mini Bio for IMDB:

Born in Denver, Colorado, Jennifer Marshall is the eldest of three children. She grew up in Arvada, Colorado, a suburb of Denver, and attended Pomona High School before a death in the family prompted the family to move to Carbondale, Colorado. This small ski town nestled in the Roaring Fork Valley between Aspen and Glenwood Springs was her home for the next three years and living there solidified her decision to join the military after high school.

In high school, she played basketball for the Roaring Fork Lady Rams, was a Varsity cheerleader, a member of the Speech and Drama team for a short time (before her coach would not allow her to participate and play basketball during the same season), editor of the high school newspaper, part of the yearbook staff, state Vice President of HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America), sang in show choir and honor choir, and was a frequent face in the annual school musical.

One month after graduating high school, Jennifer joined the United States Navy and was shipped off to boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois. She spent nearly five years in the Navy and was stationed on San Nicolas Island, the most remote of the California Channel Islands, and later, on the USS Roosevelt, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier home ported in Norfolk, Virginia. She was honorably discharged from the Navy as a Petty Officer Second Class. While in the military, she worked as an aircraft handler, in aviation supply, and was a member of the Ships Security Defense Force Team as well as the Repair Locker Fire Team. She earned a Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, among other awards. She has spoken positively about her life in the military and has mentioned returning to military reserve service in the future.

Jennifer graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Wesleyan College with a double major in International Politics and Spanish and a minor in History. As of 2013, Jennifer is seeking her graduate degree through American Military University.

As of 2013, Jennifer lives and works as an actress in sunny and beautiful Los Angeles, California.



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Born on the 22nd of January 1991 Mugzy had to fight through his adolescent years. Struggling with deep internal stress, he found inspiration in Eminem after his first encounter with Hip-Hop when he heard the song 'The Way I Am'. Mugzy felt that he could strongly relate to the lyrics in Eminem's songs & began to change his image to be a true representative of the Hip-Hop culture.
As he developed his style and studied Hip-Hop, he found further inspiration from the legends: 2 Pac, Biggie, 50 Cent, DMX, & searched further into the roots of Hip-Hop to re-discover artists like Public Enemy, NWA & Nas.
Drawing inspiration from the masters of Hip-Hop & armed with the knowledge earned through years of hardship, Mugzy's rap speaks of truth. A raw truth. A truth that will resound with teenagers that have had to endure self doubt & lack of confidence.
Mugzy emerged from the shadow through Hip-Hop & found a way to express himself through his music by embracing the culture.
Mugzy's style is a blend of grit, raw lyrics, aggression and abrasiveness. Mugzy will tell it how it is. 
Based north of Sydney, Mugzy will not shy away from any challenge to perform on any stage.
There are a lot of performers in the scene that prefer to stay in closed groups, but Mugzy is open to collaboration with all artists that are fighting for their dream & are willing to have a go in a spirit of mutual respect.
You can expect Mugzy to continue representing the Hip-Hop Culture, never backing away from any challenge well into the future.






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Carly Ozard (Opening Music)

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My guest today is David Rosen. David is a musician who has written music for numerous films, TV shows and commericals.

David Rosen – an Award-Winning Composer and Producer with over 12 years of industry experience!
Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, David has been working on numerous projects since 1999. While his passion expands across a wide span of genres, David is most notably known for his electronic and new age sounds, which are sometimes infused with a little hip-hop and rock. He works with clients from all across the globe.
The son of world-famous record collector Rich Rosen, music has been part of David’s life since the very beginning. For him, it’s not only a profession but a way of life. What began as just a personal hobby quickly transformed into a full-blown obsession that’s resulted in a rewarding and ever-evolving career. David is always looking for new opportunities to grow in his art.

David's Web Site

David's Film Podcast

David Rosen
Award-Winning Music Composer


Contact Ray: [email protected]

Opening music by Carly Ozard.



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August 25, 2018

Remembering Aretha Franklin


My tribute to Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul. May she rest in peace.

Hear all my podcasts at raysgreenrom.com.

Opening music by Carly Ozard.

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Great discussion with Anne Galjour, playwright and actor, whose new play "Get Gandhi - A Seriously Radical Feminist Comedy", previews tonight at Z Below in San Francisco. All information is below.

Special ticket DISCOUNT for Wave Radio Listeners: purchase yout tickets at http://www.zspace.org/getgandhi

Enter the code "friend" at the time of purchase and get a $5 discount!

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuits Theatre Collective


Opening Music by the fabulous CARLY OZARD



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What a couple of weeks! I have been to three fabulous plays and to a concert featuring one of the best ukulele players in the world.

Jake Shimabukuro (http://jakeshimabukuro.com/

Marin Theatre Company (https://www.marintheatre.org/

Young Jean Lee (http://youngjeanlee.org/

School of Rock - Broadway (https://us.schoolofrockthemusical.com/)

Berkeley Rep (https://www.berkeleyrep.org/)

Amios West (https://www.amioswest.org/)

My people, I really need some rankings on Itunes. It's really the best way I can get my podcast out to more people. The more rankings you have, the greater chance you will get on Itunes list without having to search. Please go hear and give me some stars! ( https://apple.co/2ObXW6x )

Opening music by Carly Ozard (http://carlyozard.com/).

Ray's Web Site: http://rayrenati.com

Green Room Radio: http://raysgreenroom.com



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Today I auditioned for a play at San Jose Stage Company called The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and tonight we are going to see Priscilla Queen of the Desert at Theater Rhinoceros in San Francisco. Music:!

****CORRECTION - the director of Priscilla Queen of the Desert is JOHN FISHER. ***





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