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Holiday Shopping Trends & Playwright Mallery Avidon

Steve Rhodes

Part One: Holiday Shopping Trends. Holiday shopping season isn’t waiting for Cyber Monday or Black Friday this year; in fact it isn’t even waiting for Thanksgiving. Many stores will be opening on Thanksgiving Day for shoppers eager for a holiday deal or two. We'll look at trends in holiday shopping, consumer spending outlook amid a recovering economy, online vs. brick and mortar shopping and at possible backlash over what some are calling "holiday creep" and "Black November."

Ely Portillo
- Business reporter for The Charlotte Observer, his blog is What's In Store
Candace Corlett - Retail Analyst, President of the consulting firm WSL Strategic Retail

From "O Guru Guru Guru - or why I don’t want to go to yoga class with you” by Mallery Avidon

Part Two: Playwright Mallery Avidon and CAST. Then, in the second half of the show, we'll meet playwright MalleryAvidon. Her partially-autobiographical show O Guru Guru Guru (or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you) is a comedic triptych that reflects her own childhood, growing up in an ashram. It opens this week at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre. We'll talk with her about her work as a playwright, unconventional childhoods and the intersection between fact and fiction.

Mallery Avidon
- Playwright, one of her most recent plays is O Guru Guru Guru (or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you)
Michael Simmons - Artistic Director at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre

  • Guru Guru Guru, or why I don’t want to go to yoga class with you is at CAST Nov. 22 through Dec. 14th. Details.

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