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Tangazo is a meeting place where we share ideas and explore efforts to improve our human conditions and quite simply make our lives better. All are welcome, none will be judged, but all are challenged to look beyond ourselves and our notions of how others think about issues of cultural​,​ political and social significance. We are building bridges of communication between the many groups that make up the St​. L​ouis Metropolitan Region by sharing and reflecting on the stories and lives of a diverse group of guests.

Host and Producer: Hank Thompson
Guest Hosts: Tim Person, Rev. Darryl Gray & Mike Jones
Technical Producers: Kevin Melter, Frankie Meixner, Ryan Voelkel, Jeron Wilson, Matt Patston, Jon Valley & Andy Coco

Jul 11, 2022

Last night's episode of the KDHX podcast Tangazo focused on live theater in the St. Louis metro area. ——

We begin with Ron Himes, the iconic founder and director of the magnificent St. Louis Black Repertory Company, discussing Dontrell Who Kissed the Seas, which debuted last week at the Edison Theater to rave reviews and runs through July 24th. ——

Next up is Joe Hanrahan, artistic director for the Midnight Theater and Film company, talking about his play St. Louis Woman set to debut on October 6th, starring our very own Laka (Pronounced Lay-ka).
Ron Himes and Joe Hanrahan,  began their theatrical careers at the same time and have collaborated throughout their 40-plus years in theater in the St. Louis metro area.  ——-

Laka is set to make her stage debut in St. Louis Woman Hanrahan’s play about black women singers who came from St. Louis, such as Josephine Baker, Tina Turner and Fontella Bass. ——

Ours was a candid conversation of how the St. Louis Repertory Theatre company, once known as the Loretta Hilton in Webster Groves, differs from the St. Louis Black Repertory Company, in terms of their missions.

This episode of Tangazo is actually St. Louis theater 101.