Bookwaves/Artwaves – April 22, 2021: Cherilyn Parsons – Jason Graae

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Cherilyn Parsons is the founder and Executive Director of the seventh annual Bay Area Book Festival, held digitally this year from May 1 through May 9, 2021. She is interviewed by Richard Wolinsky.

In this interview she presents highlights from this year’s festival, focusing in on writers such as Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro, China expert Orville Schell, Joyce Carol Oates, KPFA’s Davey D, and others. She also discusses the future of the Festival, which promises to be both live and streamed in coming years.

Festival video teaser

Bay Area Book Festival website

Bay Area Book Festival You Tube channel



Jason Graae discusses his latest show, “Perfect Hermany,” singing the songs of computer/lyricist Jerry Herman, streaming on the 42nd Street Moon (April 10 -May 2) and Musical Theatre West  (April 15-25) websites, with host Richard Wolinsky.

Jason Graae has appeared on Broadway in A Grand Night for Singing, Falsettos, Stardust, and Do Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? and off-Broadway in several shows, including the original cast of Forever Plaid.  He’s appeared on television as a guest on Frasier, Friends, China Beach and other shows, and has appeared innumerable times in various concerts. He has also sung on over 45 CDs, including reconstructions of several musicals of the 1920s through 1940s.

Jerry Herman (1931-2019) was the composer/lyricist of such shows as Helly Dolly!, Mama, Mack & Mabel, Milk and Honey and La Cage Aux Folles, along with several lesser known musicals.

Jason Graae has performed several times with both 42nd Street Moon and Musical Theatre West, and along with various benefit concerts for Moon, he appeared on “Scrooge in Love” on the Gateway Theatre stage in late 2019.

Both productions also feature local singers as a warm-up act. The 42nd Street Moon production streams at specific times Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only. The Musical Theatre West production streams on demand.

The complete 50-minute version of this interview can be found as a Bay Area Theater podcast.


Announcement Links

Bay Area Book Festival May 1-9: Virtual Festival; Kazuo Ishiguro, Sunday May 2, 2 pm. See website for other guests.
Books Inc  Erin Bowman, with Jodi Meadows, April 28, 6 pm; Rachel Michelberg with Laura Davis, April 29, 5 pm.
Book Passage. Heidi Kuhn, April 22, 6 pm. Julia Sweig with Robin Givham, April 24 4 pm. Rickie Lee Jones & Peter Coyote, April 26, 6 pm. Richard Thompson, April 18, 6 pm. Sen Mazie Horono with George Takei, May 1, 4 pm.
The Booksmith   Amanda Ripley with Jason Marsh, April 22, 6 pm; Yung Pueblo, April 27, 6 pm. 
Center for Literary Arts, San Jose. Imani Cezanne, April 29, 7 pm. zoom.
Kepler’s Books  Becky Albertalli with Leah Johnson, April 22, 6 pm; Kawaii Strong Washburn, interviewed by Angie Coiro, April 27, 6 pm.

Alter Theatre. Brer Peach, an audio play by Andrew Saito, Preview available now.
American Conservatory Theatre Act Out Loud, Virtual Play Reading Series: The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, April 26 – May 2. 2022 season starts January 21, 2022. Annual Gala: Communion by by Christopher Chen, featuring Stacey Ross, directed by Pam McKinnon, Saturday May 22, 2021, live on zoom; limited engagement, May 28 – June 27, 2021.
Aurora Theatre Streaming now: The Flats, written by Lauren Gunderson, Cleaven Smith and Jonathan Spector, with Lauren English, Anthony Fusco and Khary L. Moye, directed by Josh Costello, Aurora Connects conversations every other Thursday at 5 pm. Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, adapted for audio, streams through May 21.
Berkeley Rep 10-episode audio series: Place/Settings: Berkeley, all episodes available now.  What’s in a Play, Mondays 6:30 & 8 pm. Zoom, Registration required. Swept Away, a new musical, moved to January/February 2022. 2021-22 season set to start in the fall, dates to be announced. See website for titles.
Brava Theatre Center: Manifesto, a film by Rotimi Agbabiaka, streams April 22; April 29-May 3, 2021.
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes) Upcoming events to be scheduled.
Central Works Audio plays: Bystanders by Patricia Milton, streaming now. The Human Ounce by Nicole Parizeau, streaming now.  .
Cinnabar Theatre. Becoming Dr. Ruth, streaming May 14-23.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre Upcoming events to be announced.
Curran Theater: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child set to resume November 28, 2021. Taylor Mac videos available on line.
Custom Made Theatre Undiscovered Works: Tiny Fires by Aimee Suzada, May 7, 7 pm.
42nd Street Moon. Jason Graae, Perfect Hermany, musical tribute to Jerry Herman, April 10 – May 7. Third Tuesday, Talks Over the Moon, 8 pm: Every other Friday at 8 pm: Full Moon Fridays Cabaret. Sundays at 8 pm: Quiz Me Kate: Musical Theatre Trivia.
Magic Theatre. See website for plays in the upcoming season, dates to be announced.
Marin Theatre Company The Catastrophist by Lauren Gunderson, streaming through July 24, 2021. Natural Shocks by Lauren Gunderson, streaming through Soundcloud.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts See website for upcoming events.
New Conservatory Theatre Center TransNational Cabaret, starts May 10.
Pear Theater. Pear Slices streams April 30 – May 23.
Ray of Light: Carrie: The Musical, dates to be announced.
San Francisco Playhouse I Was Right Here by Julia Brothers, streams through April 24, 2021. Shoot Me When … by Ruben Grijalva, starts streaming May 1, 2021.
SFBATCO Twitch TV May 6, 6 pm.
Shotgun Players. Feel the Spirit by Noelle Vinas, a Zoom commission, on demand, extended to May 2, 2021.
The Breath Project. Complete collection streaming on demand.
The Marsh: See calendar for listings.
The Streaming Theater. The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Saturday April 24, 2 pm.  Sliding scale tickets.
Theatre Rhino Thursday performance conceived and performed by John Fisher on Facebook Live and Zoom at 8:30 pm: April 22: Jared. All previous weekly performances available on demand on the website. Gay As They Say by Mark Nadler, May 21-23, see website for times of the live performance.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Hershey Felder live from Florence: Anna and Sergei (Sergei Rachmaninoff), May 16, 2021. Streaming to follow. New Works Festival online: April 23-May 15, 2021.

National, Misc:
Chamber Music San Francisco: Mischa Maisky, cello, April 24, 7 pm. All five concerts available on demand through June 1, 2021.
Dance Mission Theatre. See website for listings
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: This Is Who I Am streams April 13 -25. From past seasons, currently streaming: Manahatta; Snow in Midsummer. Streaming now: Manahatta; This Is Who I Am. Talking Back, a six part web series. On-demand audio recordings of early plays; videos of Indigenous Peoples Day 2020, etc.
Atlantic Theatre Company. See website for streaming programs.
Irish Repertory Theatre. Poetic Reflections: Words Upon the Window Pane, streaming through May 2; John Cullum: An Accidental Star, streaming through April 22.
Public Theatre, New York. Streaming now: Shadowland, audio play. Video: Under the Greenwood Tree.
Playbill List of Streaming Theatre: Updated weekly, this is probably the best list you’ll find of national and international streaming plays and musicals. Each week has its own webpage, so scroll down.
National Theatrical Streaming: Upcoming plays from around the country.

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