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The Social Justice Mission of World Stage Theatre Company

Aired Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we meet the co-founder and artistic director of Tulsa's World Stage Theatre Company which is presenting "I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady From Rwanda," which opens Thursday evening at the Liddy Doenges Theatre of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. The play, by Sonja Linden, tells the story of the encounter between a Rwandan refugee who is struggling to tell the story of her nation's genocide, and an English writer working at a refugee center. The play demonstrates the healing power of telling your story with humor and darkness, as the characters struggle to relate to each other across cultural, class, and racial divides. The play, like many of World Stage's productions, is a part of the company's social justice mission. Artistic director Kelli McLoud-Schingen is our guest who is also directing the play.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.