Bay Area Theater
A podcast of theater reviews by Richard Wolinsky that air on KPFA’s Up Front, Arts-Waves and Talkies programs, plus additional unaired reviews by Richard Wolinsky and C.S. Soong. Also: interviews with Bay Area artistic directors, as well as performers, playwrights, directors and others in the local theatrical industry.
Michael Mayer, director of the musical “Head over Heels” at the Curran, is interviewed by host Richard Wolinsky. Michael Mayer has been nominated for a Tony Award several times, and won Best Director for “Spring Awakening.” He talks about the new show, as well as his career, in this wide-ranging discussion.
Rachel York is in San Francisco as a member of the ensemble of the musical “Head Over Heels!” which has its pre-Broadway try-out at the Curran from April 10th through May 6th, with a Broadway previews scheduled for June 23rd. She has previously been seen on Broadway in “City of Angels, “Les Miserables,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and several other shows. Richard Wolinsky speaks breifly with Rachel York about her career, about the Me Too movement, and about her latest project.
Richard Fouts is the playwright and Suze Allen the director of “The Birthday Lottery,” at Z Space in San Francisco, March 29th through April 1st. The play concerns the first Vietnam draft lottery of students in 1969, and is set in a fraternity house as the numbers are being called. Those with low numbers will no longer have student deferments; those with high numbers will be free of the draft. The Nixon era lottery, created to even the playing field, took the anti-war movement to new heights. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky