Bookwaves/Artwaves – August 25, 2022: Joyce Carol Oates, “Blonde,” 2000

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Joyce Carol Oates, author of “Blonde,” in conversation with Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff, recorded May 3, 2000 in the KPFA studios.

​​​​​Joyce Carol Oates is one of American’s greatest writers, and one of its most prolific. Over a career that spans nearly sixty years, according to Wikipedia she’s written 58 novels, and according to Good Reads, has had 116 books published. She has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction five times and has been nominated and won many other literary awards. Her most recent novel is Babysitter, release date August 23, 2022.

Among her best known works, and perhaps her magnum opus, is Blonde, one of Pulitzer finalists and a nominee for the National Book Award. This epic novel from 2000 is a retelling of the life of Marilyn Monroe, and is soon to be a motion picture starring Ana De Armas.

On May 3, 2000, Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff  interviewed Joyce Carol Oates about Blonde, and about her career. This wide-ranging conversation was one of the last of the Cover to Cover (pre-Bookwaves) interviews recorded on analog tape, and has not been heard on the radio in twenty years. Digitized and edited by Richard Wolinsky in August, 2022. Complete 50-minute interview.


Artwaves: Jasson Minadakis, Artistic Director of Marin Theatre Company discusses three of the four plays of the upcoming 2022-23 season with host Richard Wolinsky.


Review: “Oklahoma!” touring company revival, at Golden Gate Theater through September 11, 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). 
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 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: Cats, September 20-25. The Book of Mormon, Nov. 22-27, 2022
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. The Addams Family, October 22 – November 20, 2022.
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. See website for upcoming shows.
Magic Theatre. Campo Santo presents Otto Frank, written and performed by Roger Guenver Smith, return engagement, September 29 – October 1. 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.
PlayGround. Breed or Bust by Joyful Raven, August 26, 7 pm, simulcast, Potretro Stage, show runs September 9 – 24, 2022.
Playwrights Foundation. Free on-demand streaming of Bay Area Playwrights Festival through August 25, 2022.
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. 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. Live reading: Eternal Love by Karen Bender, September 4, 5 pm, Z Below. 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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