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Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass 

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“Think of Buster Keaton in Vegas…unapologetically human and refreshingly relatable.”—New York Times

Get your tickets now for this captivating, funny, and heartfelt evening you’ll remember for years to come. Ira Glass, host of NPR’s popular show This American Life, and New York–based contemporary dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass combine two art forms that, as Glass puts it, “have no business being together—dance and radio.” The result, and this surprising team-up of talents, has brought down the house wherever it’s been performed since its debut at Carnegie Hall.

The show includes radio interviews restaged as dance pieces, plus stories from the lives of each of the three performers. “What makes it work is a shared sensibility,” Glass says. “As dancers, Monica and Anna are these amazingly relatable and funny storytellers without words.” Bass notes, “I think it’s still blowing Ira’s mind to see some of the radio pieces remade this way, with props and costume changes and lighting cues.” Barnes adds, “combining these art forms has led to a show that’s unlike anything I’ve ever choreographed before.”

“It’s just like the radio show, um, if you picture dancing during all the stories,” says Glass. Incredibly charming, engaging, and smart, Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host mirrors his personal discovery, through Barnes, of dance’s unique way of touching us. And you’ll feel the same when you leave the theater with a spring in your step.

Major support for this performance of Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host is provided by the William W. and Sandra A. Kight Fund. Additional support is provided by John Gerlach & Company, LLP and Babette T. Gorman and Jack Buckingham.
 
Media sponsors for this event: our local National Public Radio stations WOSU and WCBE.

Performers on stage

Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass; Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
Photo by David Bazemore

Performers on stage; focus on man

Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass; Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
Photo by David Bazemore

MAJOR SEASON SUPPORT FOR PERFORMING ARTS
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

 

MAJOR EVENT SUPPORT
William W. and Sandra A. Kight Fund

 

ADDITIONAL EVENT SUPPORT

John Gerlach & Company, LLP
Babette T. Gorman and Jack Buckingham

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

The Blackwell

 

MEDIA SPONSORS

WOSU

WCBE

 

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER

Greater Columbus Arts Council

Ohio Arts Council

Columbus Foundation

Nationwide Foundation

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Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass