15th January 2015

Hope your holiday season was bright and your new year is off to an amazing start. Thank you for your support and listenership in 2014. We look forward to having you a part of Salon Radio throughout 2015. We are now broadcasting live on City World Radio Thursdays at 8pm EST each week.

Tonight’s show is hosted by Jenny Green, with Qurrat Kadwani presenting Barbara Kahn, author of a new play Women of the Wind, with actor Steph Van Vlack, and Salon Solo {Radio} guest Betsy Daly, rounded out with our regular women’s artistry world bulletin from editor Candi Sterling.
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Salon Solo {Radio}: Betsy Daly

Along with being one of the proud founders/directors of WAS, Ms. Daly has been running successful dance/acting/musical theater/fencing studios in the NY/NJ area for the past 15 years, for age 2-1/2 through adults. Her grandmother had a dance and theater studio during the Great Depression with notable students including Donald O’Connor. Ms. Daly is happy to continue this family tradition. She currently is the director of Cresskill Performing Arts in Bergen County, NJ. Her students have been seen on Broadway, in National and International Tours, on the Disney channel, and in music videos.



Salon Radio Special: Barbara Kahn, author of a new play Women of the Wind, with actor Steph Van Vlack

Theater for the New City, under founder and executive director Crystal Field, has been the primary New York City home for the plays of Barbara Kahn since 1994. Her latest play, Women of the Wind, will be presented February 5-22. It explores the lives of two secondary cast members of the movie Gone with the Wind and the fading star hired to coach some of the screen tests. African-American Butterfly McQueen, Prissy in Gone with the Wind, appeared in the production of Barbara Kahn’s first play Gravediggers(co-authored with Ray Hagen and presented by Ellen Stewart at LaMaMa E.T.C.). “She was a professional,” Barbara recalls, “gracious and generous to us ‘youngsters,’ and I witnessed the talent she had that was never fully utilized in Hollywood. Prissy defined her career, obscuring her years as a dancer and Broadway actor.” Ona Munson, brothel owner Belle Watling in Gone with the Wind, had three career-protecting heterosexual marriages that she hoped would deflect attention from her intimate relationships with other women. Alla Nazimova, born in Crimea, studied with Stanislavski until it was discovered that she was Jewish. (Jews were banned in the Moscow Art Theatre.) Emigrating to the U.S., she introduced Ibsen to American audiences and had great success as actor and director. She was eventually sidelined from major roles and saw both her fame and income suffer.Women of the Wind will (re)discover the lives of these women and reveal the racism, anti-Semitism and homophobia that defined both their professional and private lives.

Barbara Kahn (Playwright, Director) Barbara’s plays have been produced in the U.S., France and Germany. She has directed in New York, Paris, and at the National Theatre in London. Theater for the New City has been the primary New York City home for Barbara’s plays since 1994. Among her many awards, she was honored with the 1995 Torch of Hope Award for lifetime achievement in non-profit theatre, following past recipients Terrence McNally, John Guare, August Wilson, Horton Foote and A.R. Gurney. She received the James R. Quirk Award for the Performing Arts for her “memorable contributions to the American theater” and the joint 2011 Robert Chesley Playwriting Award/Wurlitzer Foundation Residency in Taos, NM. With Jackie S. Freeman, she co-authored the lyrics to “Actions are the Music of the Free,” music by Jennifer Giering, performed at the United Nations Tribute to Dame Nita Barrow. A “short list of prominent post-1970’s playwrights who identify as Jewish and who have written about Jews includes Jon Robin Baitz, Richard Greenburg, Alan Havis, Barbara Kahn, Tony Kushner, Barbara Lebow, Jennifer Maisel, Karen Malpede, David Mamet, Emily Mann, Donald Margulies, Elizabeth Swados, Jeffrey Sweet, Alfred Uhry, and Wendy Wasserstein.” (You Should See Yourself: Jewish Identity in Postmodern American Culture. Vincent Brook. Rutgers University Press.) Member: The Dramatists Guild, 365 Women a Year: a Playwriting Project, 365-NY1, Actors Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA.

Steph Van Vlack:
“I have always loved theater. For 3 reasons; one of my most favorite sounds in the world is applause, my Mother’s ambitions to be an Actress and instilling a love of all things acting in me, and because it beats the Hell out of working an office job. A Dartmouth College musical theater production, with all of its color and music was my first glimpse of that world. The cast looked so happy, the overwhelming joy I felt watching their performance. I knew I needed to be a part of it. As luck would have it, the Woodstock Vermont community had a small children’s theater group and that was my true gateway drug into the glory of acting that very same year. I was hooked. Many years, and many high school, college, summer stock, community theater productions, and one dinner theater job as a singing waitress; I moved back to New York City (my Mom’s home town “Hi Mom!). Long story short, and because I’m honestly awful at writing about myself unless it’s updating my acting resume; coming to NYC has provided me with a wealth of opportunities to work on many stage, film, and television roles. I’ve even landed a commercial or three, not to mention an industrial (where I met my husband Steve, who was part of the production team). I am one of those lucky few who love what they do, and cannot see a life without the arts as part of it. If you’d like to see my website I invite you to visit http://www.StephVanVlack.com”

Barbara Kahn Artist Statement:
My father was a refugee from war and oppression whose hopes of an education and a career as a writer were aborted by the fight for survival. He passed his dreams of an education to all of his children and his desire to be a writer to me in particular. In my historical plays, I attempt to understand the human condition that results in people oppressing others because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or other factors. I put a human face to the facts in order to break through the emotional barriers people erect between themselves and the oppressed. Witnessing characters onstage going through an experience has an impact that is not tempered by holding a newspaper or looking at a television screen. My plays are written with a commitment to truth and historical accuracy. French author George Sand wrote, “All I want is for people to question the accepted lies and call out for the forgotten truths,” and I have taken her goal as my own. My mother was a high school dropout who in middle age went back to school to earn her diploma—inspiring her four children and making us so very proud of her. As subjects for my plays, I have especially sought out the women and minorities whose lives have been omitted from or distorted in popular culture. I began my journey in the theater while a teenager in Philadelphia and subsequently earned a degree in Theatre Arts from Adelphi University in New York. The legendary Ellen Stewart took a chance and produced my first play at LaMaMa E.T.C. (co-written with Ray Hagen). Since 1994 Theater for the New City, under Executive Artistic Director Crystal Field, has provided me with the invaluable opportunity to create a body of work and see it produced.