Peninsula Backstage


There’s no shortage of live theatre on the San Francisco Peninsula. Plays, musicals, and opera. Modern and classical. Professional and amateur. Peninsula Backstage brings in the people behind upcoming shows to talk about them. Tune in and find out what’s going on in our world of theatre.

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On July 13th, we taped an episode featuring Silicon Valley Shakespeare‘s The White Snake, Mary Zimmerman’s magical love story based on an ancient Chinese legend. The play is running from August 2nd through September 1st at Sanborn Park in Saratoga.

Peninsula Backstage host Nina G. Perry interviewed the director and two of the lead actors about this romantic, richly told tale. Plus, the actors did a demonstration of a puppet and a parasol that will be used in the play to represent the snake-spirit characters. The creative use of these props provides a glimpse into what promises to be a visually stunning production!

David Simon directed the episode, and we couldn’t have done it without the talents of crew members Kevin Burnett, Liubov Spitsyna, Ron Marks, Jo Appogast, Cathy Keys, Mike Alexander, Toni Gooch, and Pedro Arenas. It was a smooth shoot, except for the small matter of having to start the top of the show a few times. (But Nina appreciated the opportunity to hear the leader music repeated, because it will be changing soon!)

In addition, we celebrated Cathy Keys‘ 20th episode of Peninsula Backstage. We held a brief appreciation ceremony and presented Cathy with gifts. Cathy’s Facebook post about the recognition indicated that the gifts were well received (especially the wine!).

Click the link below to see a 5-minute preview of the episode. For the full version, click the Show Times link to see it on TV, or the Online Episodes link to see it on Vimeo.

And remember to go out and support local, live theatre!