Bookwaves/Artwaves – June 17, 2021: Paul Rudnick

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

Links to on-line and streaming local theater & book events


Bookwaves Special Pride Hour

Paul Rudnick, author of the novel “Playing the Palace,” and the teleplay for the HBO film “Coastal Elites,” in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky.

Playwright, screenwriter and novelist Paul Rudnick’s latest novel, “Playing the Palace,” is the story of a gay man living in New York who falls in love with a gay Prince of Wales, and what ensues. His recent film, “Coastal Elites,” with Bette Midler, Dan Levy and others, is a contemporary account of life during the first half of 2020 when the awfulness of Donald Trump met the awfulness of the Covid-19 pandemic, seen as five separate monologues.

Paul Rudnick has a long career as a playwright, with such plays as “Jeffrey,” his view of the AIDS epidemic and how an HIV-negative man deals with the crisis, “I Hate Hamlet,” and “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.” His screenplays include “Addams Family Values,” “In and Out,” and “Sister Act.” He is currently working on a musical version of “The Devil Wears Prada,” based on the screenplay, for which he was one of several script doctors.

Paul Rudnick is also the author of film reviews by Libby Waxman-Gellmer, which have appeared in both Premiere Magazine and The New Yorker.

:Complete 57 minute podcast.


Streaming Book Interview/Events and Theatre Links

Bay Area Book Festival Gina Frangello, June 24, 7 pm. Check website for streaming events from the 2021 Festival.
Books Inc.  Justin Barker, June 24, 5 pm.
Book Passage.  June 17, 7:30 pm. Alka Joshi and Sujata Massey, June 20, 1 pm. Calendar for June. Check for new listings.
The Booksmith   The Bindery has moved to 1727 Haight Street in San Francisco.  Calendar for June.
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 Animal Wisdom, a film produced by ACT and Woolly Mammoth, created by and starring Heather Christian, streams through June 27. Communion by by Christopher Chen, featuring Stacey Ross, directed by Pam McKinnon, streams through June 27. Tales of the City: the musical, recorded in 2011, streams June 21-27.
Aurora Theatre Aurora Connects conversations every other Thursday at 5 pm. Benefit readings to be announced.
Berkeley Rep The Waves in Quarantine by Lisa Peterson, extended through June 30, 2021; 10-episode audio series: Place/Settings: Berkeley, all episodes available now.  What’s in a Play, Mondays 6:30 & 8 pm. Zoom, Registration required.
Brava Theatre Center: Pablo Menéndez & Mezcla, streaming through June 30. The Palacios Sisters, streaming through June 30. Who’s Your Mami Pride Edition, June 17, 7 pm.
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes) Live at the Bruns: Midsummer Thankfest, Sunday June 20, 3:30 – 7pm. Cal Shakes returns: The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, adapted by Eric Ting & Philippa Kelly, September 1 – 26, 2021. On-line: Toshi Reagon on Octavia Butler’s “Parable of the Sower,” June 22 & 25, 5:30 pm. Shakespeare in Depth with Philippa Kelly on Zoom. 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.  .
Cinnabar Theatre. See website for upcoming programming.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre See website for upcoming programming.
Curran Theater: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child set to resume November 28, 2021. Taylor Mac videos available on line.
Custom Made Theatre See website for upcoming programming.
42nd Street Moon. Don’t Touch That Dial, streams through June 27. 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.
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage, an audio play streaming through June 18.
Magic Theatre. See website for upcoming season.
Marin Theatre Company The Catastrophist by Lauren Gunderson, streaming through July 24, 2021. Natural Shocks by Lauren Gunderson, streaming through Soundcloud.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts See website for upcoming events.
New Conservatory Theatre Center TransNational Cabaret, streaming through June 30th.
Pear Theater. Late Wedding streams June 18 – July 18.
Ray of Light: Carrie: The Musical, dates to be announced.
San Francisco Playhouse. Live Theatre returns to the Playhouse, Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata, June 8 – July 3. 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 Live with Rod and Marce, every Thursday in May at 6 pm, Best of the series reruns.
Shotgun Players. Let’s Talk About Theatre: June 24, 5 pm: The Cassandra Sessions co-creators Beth Wilmurt & Jack Rodriquez, with Patrick Dooley.
The Breath Project. Complete collection streaming on demand.
The Marsh: See calendar for listings.
Theatre Rhino Essential Services Project, conceived and performed by John Fisher, all weekly performances now available, March 2020 – May 2021. Pillow Talk by Kheven LaGrone, June 11-20, check listings for times.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.  Season 51 begins in October, 2021, dates to be announced.

National, Misc:
Chamber Music San Francisco: Live concerts return February, 2022.
Dance Mission Theatre. See website for listings
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: From past seasons, currently streaming:  The Comedy of Errors, streaming June 1 – June 26. Live shows return on July 1 with Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer by Cheryl L. West. July 1 – October 9.
Atlantic Theatre Company. See website for digital programming.
Irish Repertory Theatre. Ghosting, streaming June 22 – July 4.
Public Theatre, New York. Streaming now: Shadow/Land, audio play. Video: Under the Greenwood Tree. Also streaming: selected concerts from Joe’s Pub.
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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