Bookwaves/Artwaves – August 11, 2022: Paul Rudnick

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

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Paul Rudnick, author of the novel “Playing the Palace,” and the teleplay for the HBO film “Coastal Elites,” in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky.

Playwright, screenwriter and novelist Paul Rudnick’s latest novel, “Playing the Palace,” is the story of a gay man living in New York who falls in love with a gay Prince of Wales, and what ensues. His recent film, “Coastal Elites,” with Bette Midler, Dan Levy and others, is a contemporary account of life during the first half of 2020 when the awfulness of Donald Trump met the awfulness of the Covid-19 pandemic, seen as five separate monologues.

Paul Rudnick has a long career as a playwright, with such plays as “Jeffrey,” his view of the AIDS epidemic and how an HIV-negative man deals with the crisis, “I Hate Hamlet,” and “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.” His screenplays include “Addams Family Values,” “In and Out,” and “Sister Act.” He is currently working on a musical version of “The Devil Wears Prada,” based on the screenplay, for which he was one of several script doctors.

Paul Rudnick is also the author of film reviews by Libby Waxman-Gellmer, which have appeared in both Premiere Magazine and The New Yorker.

Complete 67 minute podcast.


Review: “Follies” by James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim, at San Francisco Playhouse through September 10, 2022.


Book Interview/Events and Theatre Links

Note: Most in-person events still require proof of full vaccination for all audience members over 12 and masks. Many venues will require proof of boosters. Shows may unexpectedly close early or be postponed due to actors’ positive COVID tests. Check the venue for closures, ticket refunds, and vaccination status requirements before arrival. Dates are in-theater performances unless otherwise noted. All times Pacific Standard Time.

Book Stores
Bay Area Book Festival  Highlights from this year’s Festival, May 7-8, 2022. Mary Roach at Brower Center, Berkeley, September 7th, 7 pm.
Book Passage.  Monthly Calendar. Mix of on-line and in-store events.
Books Inc.  Mix of on-line and in-store events.
The Booksmith.   Monthly Calendar. On-line events only.
Center for Literary Arts, San Jose. See website for Book Club guests in upcoming months.
Kepler’s Books  On-line Refresh the Page program listings.

Live Theater Companies
Actor’s Reading Collective (ARC).
Mary Jane by Amy Herzog, at Z Space, August 15, 2022.  See website for past streams.
Alter Theatre. Upcoming: Snag by Tara Moses, filmed.
American Conservatory Theatre Passengers by Shana Carroll, September 15 – October 9, 2022, Geary Theater.
Aurora Theatre This Much I Know by Jonathan Spector, opens September 2, 2022. See website for on-line programs.
Awesome Theatre Company. Now streaming on the website: The Jersey Devil Play, Holy Sh*t That Was Scary: The Cloud; and previous productions.

Berkeley Rep Sanctuary City by Martyna Majok, July 8 – August 14, Peets Theatre; Goddess, conceived by Saheem Ali, August 14 – September 25, 2022. Roda Theatre.
Boxcar Theatre. Nude Noir, Palace Theatre (home of Speakeasy) Oct. 14-15. See website for other listings.
Brava Theatre Center: See website for events.
BroadwaySF: Oklahoma!, August 16 – September 11, 2022, Golden Gate. Hadestown returns, September 12-17, 2022 at the Orpheum.
Broadway San Jose:  Season starts with Disney’s The Lion King, August 3-21. Cats, September 29-25.
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes)  Lear by Marcus Gardley, September 7 – October 2, 2022.
Center Rep: Always Patsy Cline by Ted Swindley, Lesher Center, Walnut Creek, September 9 – 25, 2022.
Central Works The Museum Annex by Mildred Inez Lewis, Oct. 15 – Nov. 13, 2022.
Cinnabar Theatre.  See website for summer concert series.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre Camelot, small cast version, September 9 – October 9.
Curran Theater: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playing now through September 11.
Custom Made Theatre. Tiny Fires by by Aimee Suzara, coming September 2022.
42nd Street Moon. See website for weekly streaming events.
Golden Thread  The Language of Wild Berries by Nagmeh Samini, October 14 – November 6, 2022. Potrero Stage.
Landmark Musical Theater. RENT, July 9 – August 14, 2022.
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage, April 1-16, Magic Theater, Fort Mason, closed.
Magic Theatre. Deal with the Dragon written and performed by Kevin Ralston, July 22 – August 14, 2022. See website for other events and performances.
Marin Theatre Company Dunsinane by David Greig, September 22 – October 16.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Upcoming Events Page.
New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC) Aunt Jack by Nora Brigid Monahan,  September 16 – October 16, 2022.
Oakland Theater Project. See listings for upcoming season.
Pear Theater. In Theater: Bull in a China Shop/Collective Rage, in repertory, September 9 to October 2, 2022.
PianoFight. Calendar of shows.
Presidio Theatre. New live performance/theatre venue kicks off in September. See website for calendar details.
Ray of Light: Kinky Boots, September 8 – October 1, 2022.
San Francisco Playhouse.  Sondheim’s Follies, plays through September 10, 2022.
SFBATCO See website for upcoming streaming and in- theater shows.
San Jose Stage Company: The Play That Goes Wrong, Sept. 21 – October 16, 2022.
Shotgun Players. Dream Hou$e by Eliana Pipes, July 16 – August 14, 2022, video on demand, August 10-21. Man of God by Anna Ouyang Moench, September 3 – October 2, 2022.
The Breath Project. Streaming archive.
The Marsh: Calendar listings for Berkeley, San Francisco and Marshstream.
Theatre Rhino  Streaming: Essential Services Project, conceived and performed by John Fisher, all weekly performances now available on demand.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Hershey Felder: Chopin in Paris, August 19 – September 11, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
Word for Word. See website for upcoming productions and for Word for Wordcast streaming series.

Misc. Listings:
On View calendar for BAM/PFA.
Berkeley Symphony: See website for listings.
Chamber Music San Francisco: Calendar, 2023 Season, starting February.
Dance Mission Theatre. On stage events calendar.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Calendar listings and upcoming shows.
San Francisco Opera. Calendar listings.
San Francisco Symphony. Calendar listings.

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.
Filmed Live Musicals: Searchable database of all filmed live musicals, podcast, blog.

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