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Staging Utah Culture

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In Utah, the maxim "write what you know" often means writing about Mormons and the LDS Church's influence in the state. But satirizing a faith or building characters around your family and neighbors can be tricky territory. Just ask playwright Miguel Santana. He was raised LDS, but was surprised by what he saw when he moved here. He's turned his experiences into a play about Mormon housewives, and Thursday, he and others join us to talk about the challenges and opportunities of putting Utah culture on stage.

  • "The Righteous and Very Real Housewives of Utah County" runs through Sunday at the Post Theatre at Ft. Douglas. For details and tickets, click here. Miguel Santana has also written a novel of the same name. On June 19th, he'll give a reading at The King's English Bookshop in Salt Lake City.
  • Salt Lake Acting Company presents their annual "Saturday's Voyeur" June 26 - September 1. Learn more
  • Charles Lynn Frost's "Sister Dottie Dixon" is still making waves in Utah's LGBT community. Follow her on Facebook
  • For their 2013/2014 season, Plan B Theatre Company will present 4 works by playwright Eric Samuelsen. Learn more
  • Troy Williams is host and producer of RadioActive on community radio station KRCL 90.9
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.