August 4, 2020 / Modified aug 5, 2020 4:48 p.m.

Rogue Radio presents Kate Chopin's “Désirée's Baby”

Also on Arizona Spotlight: "I DREAM IN WIDESCREEN" 2020 has NOT been cancelled; and a look back at Tucson's drive-in history from Chris Dashiell.

Rogue Theatre Désirée's Baby Carley hero Désirée (Carley Elizabeth Preston) finds herself in a situation where a marriage collapses because of racism. Co-star Christopher Johnson wrote this radio play adaptation of an 1893 short story by Kate Chopin.
Courtesy of the Rogue Theatre

Arizona Spotlight

August 6, 2020

NPR

Featured on the August 6th, 2020 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • How 17 UA student filmmakers overcame this year’s challenges, and completed their movies for the annual showcase I DREAM IN WIDESCREEN. Mark talks with Scott Weber, an Emmy-award winning sound mixer and recording specialist with his own studio in Burbank. Weber offered help to all of this year's UA filmmakers to get their movies completed - remotely - during the pandemic. Also, BFA degree filmmakers Roxanna Denise Stevens Ibarra and Zach Lovvorn talk about their featured films.

This year, you can support these student filmmakers without leaving home. The 15th annual I DREAM IN WIDESCREEN, featuring 14 films by 17 artists, will be presented on YouTube starting at 3 pm PT / 6 pm ET on Saturday & Sunday, August 8th and 9th, 2020. This 2-day digital film festival also includes a series of conversations featuring industry luminaries, all of whom are alumni of the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television.

Scott Weber Spotlight Scott Weber, an Emmy award-winning sound mixer and recording specialist based in California, helped all 17 UA filmmakers get their movies done while working remotely.
Courtesy of Scott Weber
IDIWS 2020 poster unsized "I Dream in Widescreen" this year features 14 movies created by 17 filmmakers.
UArizona School of Theatre, Film & Television

IDIWS 2020 tesoro hero "Tesoro" is a dramatic short film inspired by stories told to filmmaker Roxanna Denise Stevens Ibarra by her grandparents.
Roxanna Denise Stevens Ibarra

IDIWS 2020 IRIS hero In his graduation film "IRIS", director Zach Lovvorn portrays a dystopian future where technology and surveillance dominates humanity.
Zach Lovvorn

giant claw poster spotlight "The Giant Claw" provided low-budget drive-in thrills (and laughs) back in 1957
giant claw the end spotlight The memorable final shot from the 1957 drive-in favorite "The Giant Claw"
  • And, listen to a compelling radio drama presented by The Rogue Theatre. Désirée's Baby was adapted by Christopher Johnson from the 1893 short story by Kate Chopin, about love, race and misunderstanding in a Louisiana family, not long after the Civil War.

It stars Carley Elizabeth Preston, Christopher Johnson, and Cynthia Meier of The Rogue Theatre, directed by Joseph McGrath, with original music by Russell Ronnebaum & Samantha Bounkeua, and sound design by Mark McLemore & Alisa Ivanitskaya.

Rogue Theatre Désirée's Baby Carley alone hero Désirée (Carley Elizabeth Preston) lives in Louisiana during the antebellum period, when a person's origin and skin color mean more than their strength of character.
Courtesy of the Rogue Theatre

This "Rogue Radio" presentation was supported in part by The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, and Marianne Leedy.

Radio Rogue logo Spotlight Radio Rogue is a project of the Rogue Theatre in Tucson, bringing audio drama back to the Southern Arizona airwaves.

Meier and McGrath hero Joseph McGrath and Cynthia Meier, together in front of their creative collaboration The Rogue Theatre in Tucson, Arizona.
courtesy The Rogue Theatre

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