Written by: Nick Houser
Date: February 9, 2017

Ira Glass (center) performs in Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host.

Ira Glass (center) performs in Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host.

In March, the Wexner Center for the Arts will present a collaboration between This American Life host Ira Glass, heard on 89.7 NPR News and New York-based contemporary dance ensemble Monica Bill Barnes & Company.

The result is Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, a very funny, lively and heartfelt evening of dance and radio that, says Glass, “have no business being together.” The show, which has dazzled audiences in Chicago, New York, and elsewhere, will receive its Ohio premiere at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host includes radio interviews restaged as dance pieces, plus stories from the lives of each of the three performers: Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, and Anna Bass. “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.”

We invite you to consider supporting this exciting joint venture by making an investment for this irreverent and profoundly personal fusion of dance and storytelling. Donors of $2,500 and above will have the opportunity to meet the performers during a private pre-performance reception. Contact Laura Baker, Director of Advancement, at 614-292-3022 for more details!

Join the Wexner Center for the Arts and WOSU Public Media for this special one-night event on Saturday, March 11 at 8pm.

Tickets can be purchased at wexarts.org or 614-292-3535.