Bay Area Theater
New and recent interviews focused primarily on local Bay Area theatre venues, with playwrights, actors, directors and artistic directors, hosted by KPFA theatre critic Richard Wolinsky. Podcasts also feature theatre reviews by Richard Wolinsky along with interviews conducted by KPFA associate theatre critic C.S. Soong. Dates of theatre reviews can be found at http://bookwaves.homestead.com/Theatre_Reviews.html
Eric Ting, Artistic Director of Cal Shakes (California Shakespeare Theater) discusses how the company dealt with the Covid shut-down, with on-line streaming, and with the re-opening of the Bruns Amphitheater. Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” plays at the Bruns through October 2nd. The interview also includes a summary of the play and the reasons for its choice as the only play of the 2021 season.
Sean San Jose, the newly appointed Artistic Director of the Magic Theatre in Fort Mason Center, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky. One of the founders and current Program Director of the legendary Campo Santo performance troupe, Sean San Jose is a noted Bay Area actor who has worked in several venues, including the Magic, Cal Shakes, ACT and Berkeley Rep. He’s also a playwright, director and most importantly, an activist in expanding the arts to unrepresented communities.
Johanna Pfaelzer, Artistic Director of Berkeley Rep, discusses how the company survived during the pandemic, along with a discussion of the upcoming season, scheduled to start in the fall when theatres open in California. She also talks about “The Waves in Quarantine,” which can be seen via the Berkeley Rep website. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.
Musical comedy performer and singer Jason Graae discusses his one-man show, “Perfect Hermany” featuring songs by Broadway composer/lyricist Jerry Herman, along with his take on Broadway divas, the #me too movement, the pandemic, and the changing atmosphere of theatre, with host Richard Wolinsky.
Carol Channing (1921-2019), in conversation with Richard Wolinsky, recorded during the tour of her memoir, “Just Lucky I Guess,” recorded on October 18, 2002. The great Broadway star Carol Channing died on January15, 2019 at the age of 97. An iconic performer, she was best known for “Hello Dolly” and for her appearances on television and stage.