Bookwaves/Artwaves – August 5, 2021: Sean San Jose – Tony Horwitz

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

Links to assorted local theater & book venues



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. He is also a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley and has served on several boards throughout the Bay Area artistic community.

The Magic is presenting a block party event at Fort Mason on Thursday, August 5th, starting with a VIP event at 5 pm and food trucks, music, and performance outdoors at 6 pm. For more information, go to the Magic Theatre Website.

Complete 44-minute podcast.

Theatre Review: The Song of Summer by Lauren Yee, directed by Bill English, at San Francisco Playhouse through August 14, 2021.


Tony Horwitz discussing his book, “Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War,” with host Richard Wolinsky, recorded November 12, 2011.

​​​​​Tony Horwitz, who died in 2019 at the age of sixty, was a master of the non-fiction form. In books like Confederates in the Attic, Blue Latitudes and A Voyage Long and Strange, he turned his research and his own personal searches into narratives impossible to put down. His work with Civil War reenactcors led him to the story of John Brown, and in his 2011 book, Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Started the Civil War, he took a closer look at the Civil War, at abolitionists, and at the war against slavery. This interview was recorded at his hotel  while he was on tour for Midnight Rising.

The complete 45-minute version of this program can be found as a Radio Wolinsky podcast.


Book Interview/Events and Theatre Links

Bay Area Book Festival  Check website for streaming events from the 2021 Festival and upcoming events.
Books Inc.  See website for upcoming events.
Book Passage.  Calendar for August.
The Booksmith   Calendar for August. .
Center for Literary Arts, San Jose. Check website for listings.
Kepler’s Books  On-line Refresh the Page program listings.

Alter Theatre. Brer Peach, an audio play by Andrew Saito, see website for details.
American Conservatory Theatre Freestyle Love Supreme opens January 21, 2022 at the Geary Theater.
Aurora Theatre Stoop Stories by Dael Orlandersmith, September 3 – October 3, 2021 on the main stage.
Berkeley Rep The Ripple, That Wave That Carried Me Home by Christina Anderson, opens October 1, 2021, Peets Theater. Wintertime by Charles L. Mee, opens November 12, 2021, Roda Theater.
Brava Theatre Center: See website for live events.
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes)  The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, adapted by Eric Ting & Philippa Kelly, September 1 – 26, 2021. Check website for added shows at the Bruns over the summer.
Central Works Audio plays: Bystanders by Patricia Milton, streaming now. The Human Ounce by Nicole Parizeau, streaming now.  Script Club for July: Years in the Hundreds by Jesse Potterveld. 2022 season to be announced in October.
Cinnabar Theatre. Cry It Out by Molly Smith Metzler, weekends in September starting September 10, 2021. Streaming on demand September 24-26.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre Upcoming in-theater schedule to be announced.
Curran Theater: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child set to resume January 11, 2022 as a single evening play. Taylor Mac videos available on-line.
Custom Made Theatre Season schedule to be announced.
42nd Street Moon. A Little Night Music, November 4-13, Alcazar Theater.
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Upcoming season to be announced.
Magic Theatre. Gala ’21, August 5, 2021. In-theater performances to resume 2022.
Marin Theatre Company The Catastrophist by Lauren Gunderson, streaming through July 24, 2021. On stage: The Sound Inside by Adam Rapp, September/October 2021.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Upcoming Events Page.
New Conservatory Theatre Center Streaming: Hold Me The Forgotten Way, through December, 31, 2021. In Theater: Interlude by Harrison David Rivers, October 8 – November 7, 2021.
Oakland Theater Project. The Dream Life of Malcolm X by John Wilkins. July 23 – August 29. Outdoors in the Parking Lot, Oakland Theater at FLAX Art & Design, Live streamed, August 21, On Demand through September 12.
Pear Theater. In Theater: Mothers of the Bride by Megan Maugeri, directed by Katie Hipol Garcia, August 20- September 12, 2021
Ray of Light: Carrie: The Musical, dates to be announced.
San Francisco Playhouse. In Theatre/Streaming On Demand, The Song of Summer by Lauren Yee, July 20 – August 14. Starting Here, Starting Now, the songs of Maltby and Shire. August 31 – October 2.
SFBATCO See website for upcoming streaming and in theatre shows.
Shotgun Players. Streaming: Sassafras  through July 10, 2021. Main stage: Passing Strange, March 5 – April 10, 2022.
The Breath Project. Streaming archive.
The Marsh: MarshStream updated calendar. In theater performances to be announced.
Theatre Rhino Essential Services Project, conceived and performed by John Fisher, all weekly performances now available, March 2020 – May 2021. Free reading July 6. 7 pm: Four Play by Jake Brunger. Upcoming season to be announced.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.  On stage: Lizard Boy, a new musical by Justin Huertas, October 6 – October, 31, 2021.

National, Misc:
Chamber Music San Francisco: Live concerts return February, 2022.
Dance Mission Theatre. On stage events calendar.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Live on stage: Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer by Cheryl L. West. July 1 – October 9.
Atlantic Theatre Company. Live theater in New York resumes August 26, 2021.
Irish Repertory Theatre. The Cordelia Dream, streaming July 27 – August 8, 2021; George M. Cohan Tonight, streaming August 17 – August 29, 2021.
Public Theatre, New York. Streaming now: Shadow/Land, audio play. Events Calendar. Shakespeare in the Park: Merry Wives at the Delacorte, starts July 6.
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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