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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.

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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

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October 3, 2018

Alex Bennett

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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. 

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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!

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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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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.

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David Rosen
Award-Winning Music Composer

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August 25, 2018

Remembering Aretha Franklin

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

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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.

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

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuits Theatre Collective

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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/).

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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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Today I spoke with John Fisher, the Executive Director of Theatre Rhinoceros, the longest running queer theatre in the world. John directed the award-winning musical  - Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

After last year’s (2017) sold-out run, and the most successful show in the 40-year history of Theatre Rhinoceros is thrilled to be presenting - BY POPULAR DEMAND - an encore production for 2017/2018 Season of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert - The Musical. Priscilla has a book by Australian film director/writer Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, using well-known pop songs as its score. Adapted from Elliott's 1994 Oscar-winning film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the musical is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of.

With a dazzling array of over-the-top costumes, extraordinary headdresses, A FULL SIZE BUS - ON STAGE, and a hit parade of dance floor favorites, this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS. SYNOPSIS: The Musical follows two drag queens and a transsexual (Tick, Adam, and Bernadette), who buy a run-down old bus (they call Priscilla) and set out on a road trip across the Australian Outback when one of them, Tick, is invited by his ex-wife to perform his drag show at her faraway resort. However, Tick is hesitant to tell his friends, Bernadette (a former performing icon whose best days are behind her) and Adam (a rambunctious young troublemaker), his own personal reasons for taking the trip. During their journey, the trio encounters an array of Australian citizens, some of who aren’t receptive to their lifestyle, including incidents of homo and transphobia, while widening comfort zones, finding new horizons, and strengthening their own friendship. 

Performances: Extended run to July 7, 2018

Location: Gateway Theatre - 215 Jackson St., (at Battery St.) SF, CA 94111 

Tickets: Available online from Brown Paper Tickets (http://bit.ly/priscilla_tix)or call the box office at 1-800-838-3006.

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Pride San Francisco - Parade and Celebration - June 23-24 2018. http://www.sfpride.org/

Opening Music by Carly Ozard - carlyozard.com

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