Bookwaves/Artwaves – December 3, 2020: Daniel Handler – Evren Odcikin

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

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Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky.

Daniel Handler discusses his latest novel, “Bottle Grove,” set in San Francisco, along with his earlier novel, “All The Dirty Parts.” He also talks in depth about the Netflix three-season series of Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” as well as his work in theatre and how his life has changed with success.

“Bottle Grove” deals with the intricacies of marriage, along with how San Francisco has changed in recent years due to the influx of the tech world. “All The Dirty Parts” dissects what life is like for a horny teen-aged boy in a way that few books have attempted. “A Series of Unfortunate Events” is about the terrible things that befall the poor Baudelaire orphans, mostly due to the nefarious schemes of Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris).

An extended 47-minute version of this interview can be found as a Radio Wolinsky podcast.



Third in a series of interviews about how theatre companies are coping with the Corona Virus shutdown.

Evren Odcikin, the Associate Artistic Director of Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon discusses how OSF dealt with the shutdown due to Covid-19, followed by the Black Lives Matter movement engendered by the murder of George Floyd, and then the September fires which burned parts of Ashland, as well as the nearby towns of Phoenix and Talent. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

Evren’s latest directorial effort is This Is Who I Am by Amir Nizar Zuabi, a co-production of PlayCo and Woolly Mammoth, in association with OSF and other theatre companies, which is performed and broadcast live from December 5, 2020 through January 3, 2021.

Evren Odcikin, prior to joining OSF in 2019, was part of the creative team of Golden Thread Productions in San Francisco, and has directed several plays around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival is a theatre company founded in 1935, which presents five plays, in repertory at the same time, from February through October each year. The company is located in Ashland, Oregon, just off Route 5 north of the California border.

:Photo: Kim Budd, The complete interview can be heard as a 33-minute Bay Area Theater podcast.


Announcement Links

Book Passage. Conversations with authors, all at 4 pm Pacific:  Chris Rainer with Phil Cousinou, Satuday December 5. Zyen Joukhader, Sunday December 6. Jane Smiley, “Perestroika in Paris,” Saturday December 12.
The Booksmith  Maria Dahvana Headley & Annalee Newitz, December 3, 6 pm, Claire Marie Stancek & Dan Beachy, December 13, 2 pm
Books Inc Graphixcon, Saturday December 5, 2 pm.
Bay Area Book Festival Unbound events continue. Podcasts of October 3-4 Unbound: All 22 interviews and discussions are now available on demand. George Saunders & Tobias Wolff, Sat. January 15, 7 pm.
Kepler’s Books presents Refresh the Page, Several Afternoon Literary seminars on demand; upcoming interviews and talks TBA.

Curran Theatre: Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce: Pandemic, Live, Saturday December 12, 7 pm Livestream. Streams through January 2, 2021.
San Francisco Playhouse. 2020-21 Virtual Season: The Jewelry Box, written and performed by Brian Copeland, streaming through December 25, 2020; Songs for a New World, streaming through December  31, 2020.
Custom Made Theatre Upcoming events TBA.
Theatre Rhino Thursday performance conceived and performed by John Fisher on Facebook Live and Zoom at 8 pm 25, Thursday, December 3: How I Murdered My Best Friend. All earlier John Fisher performances available on demand. Alligator Mouth/ Tadpole Ass streams December 11-20.
American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) A Christmas Carol, radio adaptation of Carey Perloff’s adaptation, streams Dec. 5-31, 2020.
42nd Street Moon. Moonbeams Streaming Series: Home (literally) for the Holidays, streams through- Dec. 6. 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. Upcoming season dates to be announced.
Shotgun Players. Josh Kornbluth’s Citizen Brain streams via Vimeo through November 29th. The Light by Loy A. Webb, directed by Nailah Harper-Malveaux, Dec 4-12, 7 pm. Preview Dec 4, 7 pm. Opening Night: Dec 5, 5 pm.
Berkeley Rep Looking Glass Theatre Company’s production of The Steadfast Tin Soldier, written and directed by Mary Zimmerman, streams December 1-27, 2020. What’s in a Play? Conversations about theatre: Dec. 5-8, A Bright Room Called Day by Tony Kushner, free, registration required. June, 2021: Swept Away, a new musical.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Hershey Felder, live from Florence, Tchaikovsky, December 20, at 5 pm Pacific. Simple Gifts, conceived crafted and directed by Tim Bond, world premiere, Dec 10-27, 2020.
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes) The Direct Address series continues with Resisting Shakespeare: Or, How to Fall In and Out and In and Out of Love. Shakespeare in Depth, class with Philippa Kelly, registration required.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts new on-line programming series featuring classes, concerts, poetry sessions and more.
SFBATCO Live with Rod and Marce on Twitch TV, every Thursday at 6 pm.
Aurora Theatre’s A new ticketed audio drama, The Flats, written by Lauren Gunderson, Cleaven Smith and Jonathan Spector, with Lauren English, Anthony Fusco and Khary L. Moye, directed by Josh Costello, streaming now. Aurora Connects conversations every Friday, 4 pm.
Marin Theatre Company The Catastrophist by Lauren Gunderson, Jan – Feb, 2021.  Lauren Gunderson’s play Natural Shocks streams through Soundcloud on the Marin Theatre website.
Central Works Bystanders by Patricia Milton, an audio play, currently streaming.
New Conservatory Theatre Center A Mighty Queer Virtual Variety Show streams December 13 through January 3, 2021. In Good Company, episodic series podcast streams on the website.
The Marsh: International Solo Fest, archived streaming. Josh Kornbluth hosts bingo every Friday at 7:30 pm
Brava Theatre Center: Adios, Robinson by Julio Cortazar radio play, streams through December 5. Who’s Your Mami comedy, December 17.
Pear Theater. The Path Back to Me, two one-woman shows, Full Fathom Five by Annamarie MacLeod and Becoming Othello by by Debra Ann Byrd, starts streaming December 4, 2020.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre It’s a Wonderful Life, a radio play by Joe Landry, streams Nov. 27-Dec. 20. Performances are live at scheduled times and days. Link to buy tickets.
Remote Theater. The Art of Sacrifice by Anthony Clarvoe, with Lauren English and Susi Damilano, original music by Paul Dresher. Saturday Dec. 12, noon Pacific.
The Breath Project. Complete collection streaming on demand.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: On-demand audio recordings of early plays; videos of Indigenous Peoples Day 2020, etc. This Is Who I Am by Amir Nizar Zuabi, directed by Evren Odcikin, a co-production with Woolly Mammoth, Nov. 29 – Dec. 27.
Cinnebar Theater. Young Repertory Musical Performance opens December 4. Streaming of the filmed Geffen Theatre production of “A Christmas Carol” to benefit Cinnebar and other companies, Nov. 28-Jan.3. Tickets.
Atlantic Theatre Company. She Persisted, the musical, streaming through Jan. 20, 2021,
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.

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