Saturday, March 17th: Radio Cabaret

Radio Cabaret
UnionDocs (322 Union Ave., Brooklyn)
$9 suggested donation

Radio Cabaret is a variety show where radio stories come to life before your eyes. Producers bring the traditions of public radio to the stage through storytelling, musical performance, visual animation, theater and live interviews. Performances range in topic but share a common reference to audio documentary.

This hour unfolds like a living breathing radio magazine with a radio host (disembodied MC) and a variety of acts:

– A story about a man falling in love with the kissing booth girl at a party – with music mixed live on stage, and bits of interview tape used as just another instrument in the mix.

– A performance about a multi-identitied karaoke dj, in which the dj will appear live on stage performing his work as his story unfolds in radio form.

– A performative lecture about storytelling using recorded interview tape which interacts with a live interview between a storyteller and her subject.

– An examination of bird behavior that reconciles science with folklore, using surround sound voices.

– An audio construction of the world shared by a woman and her grandmother.

– A collaborative summary of sounds from the previous performances composed by audience member keystrokes.

This evening will feature the work of public radio journalists Sharon Mashihi, Audrey Quinn, Laura Mayer, Rachel James, Kaitlin Prest and Brendan Baker. Their performances will vary in length from five to fifteen minutes.