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Salt Lake Acting Company's "The Cake"

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Latoya Cameron, Carianne Jones, and Betsy West in "The Cake"

Bekah Brunstetter's play is about a conservative baker who has to decide if she can bake a cake for her friend’s lesbian daughter.  Really, it's about whether we can find a way to talk to each other.

RadioWest divider.

Thursday, we’re talking about the latest play from Salt Lake Acting Company. It’s the story of a conservative baker who has to choose between her convictions and her love for her oldest friend’s lesbian daughter. Playwright Bekah Brunstetter says it’s today’s vitriol that made her want to write a piece with a conservative protagonist who wasn’t “the enemy.” Brunstetter and others join us to talk about our divisions and the power of listening and love. “Love,” says the baker, “is always harder.”

Salt Lake Acting Company's production of The Cake runs through March 10, with weekday evening performances and weekend matinees and evening performances. For more information on the schedule and to buy tickets, visit saltlakeactingcompany.org

Guests:

Why SLAC Says They Aren't Taking Any Decisions Lightly When It Comes To Choosing Plays For years, the Salt Lake Acting Company has used its productions to address social justice through its casting and the plays it selects. But SLAC Executive Artisitic Director Cynthia Flemming said their choices have taken on a greater urgency at a time when the country is deeply divided.

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.
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