Bookwaves/Artwaves – December 23, 2021: Susan Hill – Rita Moreno

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

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Susan Hill, author of “The Woman in Black” and other novels, in conversation by phone with host Richard Wolinsky.

The Woman in Black, a play by Stephen Mallatrat and directed by Robin Herford is playing in San Francisco at ACT’s Strand Theater through January 16th, and for more information you can go to, in New York through March 13, and in an open-ended run on the West End in London.

Susan Hill has written over thirty novels, most of them stand-alones in the gothic ghost story genre, and eleven crime novels featuring her detective Simon Serrailer, the most recent being The Benefit of Hindsight, published in 2020, with A Change of Circumstance to be published in March, 2022. She’s also written six collections of short stories, an autobiography among nine non-fiction works, five plays, and 13 Children’s Books. She became a Dame of the British Empire in 2020.

Complete 48-minute interview.



Richard Wolinsky and Rita Moreno, Sept. 16, 2011 at KPFA.

Rita Moreno, legendary Hollywood star, actress, dancer and singer, in conversation about her career and her one-woman show, “Rita Moreno: Life Without Make-up,” recorded  September 16, 2011 in the KPFA studios. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

The talented winner of the big four awards, Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony, Rita Moreno is back in the spotlight both in celebration of her 90th birthday on December 11th, and for her work in the new Steven Spielberg West Side Story.

In this interview recorded during previews of her one-woman show at Berkeley Rep ten years ago, she discusses not only her work on the show, but her time in Hollywood, her five year relationship with Marlon Brando, her work on the film The King and I, working with Morgan Freeman on PBS, and other stories.


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Book Interview/Events and Theatre Links

Note: Most in-person events require proof of full vaccination for all audience members over 12 (some may allow unvaccinated audience members with recent negative Covid tests), and masks. Shows may unexpectedly close early or be postponed due to actors’ positive COVID tests. Check the venue for mandates or closures before arrival. Dates are in theater performances unless otherwise noted.

Book Stores
Bay Area Book Festival  Bay Area Book Festival, May 7-8, 2022,
Book Passage.  Calendar for December. Mix of on-line and in-store events.
Books Inc.  Mix of on-line and in-store events.
The Booksmith   Calendar for December. On-line events only.
Center for Literary Arts, San Jose. Check website for archived events.
Kepler’s Books  On-line Refresh the Page program listings.

Live Theater Companies
Alter Theatre. Upcoming: Snag by Tara Moses.
American Conservatory Theatre The Woman in Black, original London production, December 15 – January 16, Strand. 2022 season: Freestyle Love Supreme opens January 21, 2022 at the Geary Theater.
Aurora Theatre This Much I Know starts February 4, 2022.
Awesome Theatre Company. On-line now: The Jersey Devil Play, on Vimeo.

Berkeley Rep Swept Away, January 9 – March 22, 2022. Mike Birbiglia, Jan. 4-23. 2022. Fran Lebowitz, Jan. 22-26, 2022.
Brava Theatre Center: See page for updated listings.
BroadwaySF: Touring companies: The final week of A Christmas Carol has been cancelled due to Covid protocols. The Band’s Visit, January 11 – February 6, 2022, Golden Gate.
Broadway San Jose: A Magical Cirque Christmas, Dec. 30. The Simon and Garfunkel Story, January 12, 2022, 7:30 pm.
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes)  Streaming: Br’er Peach, through January 11, 2022. Romeo y Juliet May 25 – June 19, 2022.
Central Works Audio plays: Bystanders by Patricia Milton, streaming now. The Human Ounce by Nicole Parizeau, streaming now.  2022 season to be announced.
Cinnabar Theatre. Cyrano by Edmond Rostand, begins December 31, 2021.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre See page for upcoming productions.
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 resumes in 2022.
42nd Street Moon. Fun Home, February 3-22. 2022, Gateway Theater.
Landmark Musical Theater. Upcoming schedule to be announced.
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Upcoming schedule to be announced.
Magic Theatre. Check website for 2022 season.
Marin Theatre Company On demand through January 3, 2022: Georgiana and Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon.
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: Gently Down the Stream by Martin Sherman, December 3, 2021 – January 9, 2022.
Oakland Theater Project. 2022 season starts with Shakespeare’s The Tempest, February 11 – March 6, 2022, at FLAX art & design, 1501 MLK, Oakland.
Pear Theater. In Theater: Mountaintop by Katori Hall, January 21 – February 13, 2022.
PianoFight. Calendar of shows. Expansion to The Flight Deck in Oakland. SF Sketchfest, January 7-23.
Ray of Light: Upcoming shows to be announced.
San Francisco Playhouse. Twelfth Night, a musical adaptation. Nov. 24 – January 15, in theater. On Demand: December 1 – January 15.
SFBATCO See website for upcoming streaming and in theatre shows.
San Jose Stage Company: Strange Courtesies by L. Peter Callendar February 2 -27, 2022,
Shotgun Players. The Cassandra Sessions: Recording the World, December 2 – 26.
The Breath Project. Streaming archive.
The Marsh: MarshStream updated calendar. Fool, La La: Holiday Tune-up, The Marsh in Berkeley, Dec. 23 – January 2.
Theatre Rhino The 2021 Rhino Holiday Extravaganza, set for December 30th, has been cancelled. Contact the Rhino for refunds. The Rhino Reading Series, see website for dates and times, 4229 18th St., SF. Streaming: Essential Services Project, conceived and performed by John Fisher, all weekly performances now available on demand, new: Christmas Truce live December 23, 5 pm, from New York.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Hershey Felder as Chopin, scheduled to open in January, has been postponed until August 17, 2022.
Word for Word. Wordcast streaming: A Pair of Eyeglasses by by Anna Maria Ortese; Home by George Saunders; two by Toni Cade Bambara, live November 4. Each will be streamed through summer, 2022.

National, Misc:
Chamber Music San Francisco: Live concerts return February, 2022.
Dance Mission Theatre. On stage events calendar.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: New 2022 season announced.

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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