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Audio for ‘Knife Sharpener’ now live on Otocast


The audio for the Edgardo Carmona sculpture The Knife Sharpener (Al Filo) is now live on Otocast. The sculpture can be found on the eastern perimeter of the Urban Community Farm just south of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

While the statue pays tribute to the long-forgotten trade of the knife sharpener, it possesses a number of tie-ins to the Urban Community Farm’s mission and activities, particularly those involving agriculture. Whether here or abroad, now or in generations past, farmers know the value of hard work, putting in the time, stamina and the use of simple tools and more complex machinery to cultivate and till the land. However, with technology, we’ve gotten so far away from the in-person, the hand-doing. The Knife Sharpener brings us back to our roots, reminding everyone who comes to the Urban Community Farm that what has made America great is hard work, a good day’s labor and inventive, time-saving tools.

When you listen to the audio, you’ll hear the voice of Sonya McCarter. McCarter is an actor, director and theater instructor.

On the directing side, Sonya’s credits include The Color Purple, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, August Wilson’s King Hedley II, Seven Guitars and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Lydia Diamond’s The Bluest Eye and George C. Wolff’s The Colored Museum.

Her acting credits include the role of Marquise de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons (Lab Theater), Confusions (which consisted of three one-act plays, The Still Alarm by George S. Kauffman and Alan Ayckbourn’s Between Mouthfuls and A Talk in the Park), the part of Camae in Katori Hall’s Mountaintop, Louise Parker Neese in Steven Dietz’s Rancho Mirage, Corryn Fell in Gideon’s Knot, Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, and as a grieving mother in the virtual presentation of For Black Women Who Experienced Genocide When The Police Murders of Their Sons Was Too Much by Keith A. Wallace for The Best Seats in Your House.

Sonya also had appearances in two episodes of the television show Burn Notice and the film The Florida Project.

McCarter studied theater and the language of Shakespeare at Pensacola Christian College 1990-1995. She holds two Master’s Degrees, one in Oral Interpretation of Speech and the other in Theatre Arts. Her heart’s passion is to help facilitate engaging, compelling and meaningful theatre in Fort Myers that features strong African-American characters and stories.

If you haven’t yet used Otocast yet, pull out your smartphone and go to your app store right now. When you land there, type Otocast in the search bar and then hit download. It’s free!

The app works with geo-mapping, which means that when you tap on the green Otocast icon, the app will automatically call up the Fort Myers Guide.

Tap on the Guide and you’ll see an aerial map of Fort Myers that displays a number of green pins. Those pins signify the location of most of the public artworks that are interspersed throughout Fort Myers.

Notice the banner that runs along the bottom of your screen. It contains thumbnail photographs of the particular artworks identified by those green pins. Tap on any one of them and it will take you to written information about the artwork; historic, installation and other photos; and an audio like the one that Sonya McCarter just recorded for Female Fruit Vendor or the other Urban Community Farm piece, The Knife Sharpener.

At present, 30 of the City’s 41 outdoor public artworks are included in the Fort Myers Guide. Work is under way to not only add the other eleven, but more than 30 historic points of interest located throughout the City.

Don’t just use Otocast to learn more about the artworks see about town. Be sure to share Otocast with everyone you know. It’s a real conversation starter.

November 10, 2022.


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