Bookwaves/Artwaves – June 11, 2020: Tayari Jones – Frank Galati


Bay Area Book Festival. A conversation between poets Jericho Brown and Nikky Finney, The Witness We Bear, in conversation with Ismael Muhammed, recorded Friday, June 5, 2020, streaming on the Bay Area Book Festival You Tube channel.
The Booksmith lists its entire June on-line schedule of interviews and readings on their website, which includes Lockdown Lit every Tuesday at 11 am.
Book Passage author interviews: Janine Urbaniak Reid in conversation with Anne Lamott on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 4 pm, and Julie Lithcott Haynes in conversation with Paula Farma on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 4 pm. You can register on the Book Passage website.
Theatre Rhino Thursday play at 8 pm June 11, 2020 on Facebook Live is the Doodler Finale, the Castro Murders, Part Two with John Fisher., and Lavender Scare can be streamed through the KALW website.  
California Shakespeare Theatre, Friday June 12th, from 5 to 6:30 pm, Direct Address, a panel discussion on anti-racist practices and allyship. Moderated by Lauren Spencer (actor and educator). Panelists: Meredith Smith (People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond), Fresh “Lev” White (Affirmative Acts Consulting), Michael Robertson (artEquity), and Jasmin Hoo (Asians4BlackLives, API Equality- Northern California). Registration page.
Shotgun Players. Streaming: Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, 2018 production. The Claim, workshop production. June 20, 2020, 5 pm via Zoom, podcast.
San Francisco Playhouse. Zoomlets: Short play Table Read, Mondays at 7 pm
National Theater At Home on You Tube: The Madness of George III by Alan Bennett.

This program features two recent interviews that resonate with the week’s protests and with the push toward fascism in Washington.


Tayari Jones, whose latest novel is “An American Marriage,” is interviewed by host Richard Wolinsky.

Tayari Jones is the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and her latest, An American Marriage (Algonquin Books, February 2018). Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times, and Callaloo.  A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship.

“An American Marriage” deals with a African American spouses torn apart by the unjust arrest and imprisonment of the husband after an accusation by a white woman at a motel, and how both husband and wife deal with the following few years.

Tayari Jones website. Extended Radio Wolinsky podcast.



Richard Wolinsky & Frank Galati
Richard Wolinsky & Frank Galati.

Frank Galati, director of “Rhinoceros” by Eugene Ionesco, which ran last June at ACT’s Geary Theatre in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky.

Frank Galati is a long-time member of the legendary Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, and has taught at Northwestern University. The winner of Tony Awards for the adaptation and direction of The Grapes of Wrath in 1990, was nominated for an Oscar for co-adapting The Accidental Tourist for the screen, and was the director of Ragtime and The Pirate Queen on Broadway Frank Galati is also known for adapting several other works for stage and screen.

“Rhinoceros” is considered to be one of the greatest works of political theatre of the absurd. Originally produced in the late 1950s, the play hearkens back to the origins of fascism and how propaganda infects the minds of citizens.

Extended 41-minute Bay Area Theatre podcast.



















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