Bay Area Theater
During the Corona Virus lockdown, new podcasts will go live Sunday afternoons. 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. Review air dates can be found: http://bookwaves.homestead.com/Theatre_Reviews.html
Hershey Felder has made a career of portraying different composers in his one-man shows. His first show, “George Gershwin Alone,” will be presented live from Florence on September 13, 2020 at 5 pm through the auspices of Berkeley Rep and TheatreWorks. He discusses his career and this particular show with Richard Wolinsky in an interview recorded in April, 2013 during the Berkeley Rep run.
Playwright Madhuri Shekar in conversation with Richard Wolinsky. Her play “In Love and Warcraft” is the first in a series of live/streamed plays from ACT’s InterAct Home Initiative, playing live September 4-12, and streamed September 18-25, 2020. She discusses the play, the production and her career in this in-depth discussion.
John Leguizamo, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky, recorded July 7, 2016 in the offices at Berkeley Rep, where Latin History for Morons had opened to rave reviews. The show can now be seen on Netflix. John Leguizamo has been in several films and television shows as an actor. As a performer/writer, his one man shows have all been performed on Broadway, and several have been recorded as films for television.
Nicky Silver, in conversation by phone from New York, live on the air, with host Richard Wolinsky and director John Dixon in the studio, recorded April 27, 2007. Nicky Silver is the author of several successful plays, including “The Lyons,” which premiered on Broadway in 2012, “Beautiful Child” and “Pterodactyls.” At the time of the interview, his play ‘Past Perfect” was making its world premiere at San Francisco’s Theatre Rhino, directed by John Dixon.
Acclaimed novelist Colm Toibin discussing his play “The Testament of Mary” which ran at ACT’s Geary Theatre in October and November, 2014, and also discussing his novel “Nora Webster,” which was published in October 2014. The interview with host Richard Wolinsky was recorded in the KPFA studios the afternoon of October 27, 2014.
Mary Zimmerman is a playwright, director and producer, whose works are sui generis. Her focus is on adaptations and re-adaptations of classical and pre-classical works, as well as librettos for operas and reorganizing films into stage plays. She was interviewed by Richard Wolinsky for the “Open Book” radio program in late 2012 for a production of “The White Snake” at Berkeley Rep.