Ira Glass Brings His Dance Show Back to Michigan

Latest stop is the Wharton Center in East Lansing.

“For the first time in my life, I’m in a show that I’m performing more than once. And that’s been really interesting, to see what it means to be that kind of performer.”


That’s one of the observations made by Ira Glass with Michigan State University public radio interviewer April Van Buren ahead of this weekend’s performance at the Wharton Center in East Lansing of Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host. Last week, Glass was in Seattle with the show. As always, this weekend’s staging should be a hoot:

Glass joins dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass in a show that combines two art forms that, as Glass himself puts it, “have no business being together: dance and radio.” One is all words and no visuals; the other is all visuals and no words. The result is a lively, funny, “talky” evening of stories and dance about love, about performing and about losing what you love. Glass delivers his trademark narratives while Barnes and Bass evoke characters through dance.

Glass first previewed the dance show at a Carnegie Hall charity event in February 2013 and brought it that same year to the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. The production officially premiered in New York last fall.