Bookwaves/Artwaves – June 2, 2022: Jasson Minadakis – KJ Sanchez

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

Links to assorted local theater & book venues



Jasson Minadakis, Artistic Director of Marin Theatre Company and director of “The Sound Inside,” by Adam Rapp, which runs May 26 – June 19, 2022, in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky.

In his fifteenth year as Artistic Director at Marin, Jasson Minadakis has directed numerous plays both here and elsewhere. In this interview recorded outdoors due to Covid restrictions, he discusses how Marin Theatre Company coped with the pandemic shut-down, the use of streaming, and the difficulties in returning to normalcy. He also talks about his challenges as director of “The Sound Inside,” including the ways in which Covid restrictions impact rehearsals. Complete Interview.



KJ Sanchez, director and co-adapter (with Karen Zacarias) of “Romeo y Juliet” at Cal Shakes, California Shakespeare Theatre, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky, recorded via zencastr on May 20, 2022.

Playwright, actor and director, KJ Sanchez is the head of the MFA Directing Program at the University of Texas in Austin. She is founder and CEO of American Records, a theatre company founded “to make plays that chronicle our time,” focusing on documentary plays based on interviews. She is the director and co-author of “RE-ENTRY,” based on conversations with soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Romeo y Juliet” is an bilingual adaptation of the Shakespeare play set in 1848 Alta California, with the gender of Romeo changed. It plays at California Shakespeare Theatre, the Bruns, in Orinda, May 25 – June 19, 2022.

In the interview, she discusses the origins of the adaptation, how she teaches directors, and the political situation where she works, in the state of Texas.  Complete Interview.


Review: “The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin” at San Francisco Playhouse through June 18, 2022.


Book Interview/Events and Theatre Links

Note: Most in-person events still require proof of full vaccination for all audience members over 12 and masks. Many venues will require proof of boosters. Shows may unexpectedly close early or be postponed due to actors’ positive COVID tests. Check the venue for closures, ticket refunds, and vaccination status requirements before arrival. Dates are in-theater performances unless otherwise noted. All times Pacific Standard Time.

Book Stores
Bay Area Book Festival  Highlights from this year’s Festival, May 7-8, 2022,
Book Passage.  Monthly Calendar. Mix of on-line and in-store events.
Books Inc.  Mix of on-line and in-store events.
The Booksmith   Monthly Calendar. On-line events only.
Center for Literary Arts, San Jose. See website for Book Club guests in upcoming months.
Kepler’s Books  On-line Refresh the Page program listings.

Live Theater Companies
Alter Theatre. Upcoming: Snag by Tara Moses, filmed. Live Outdoors: Pure Native by Vickie Ramirez, summer 2022.
American Conservatory Theatre YC Cabaret, The Best of the Best, June 5, 5 pm The Garret at ACT’s Geary Theater. The Code by The Kilbanes, August 4-7, 2022, ACT Young Conservatory, Strand Theater.
Aurora Theatre Aurora Connects, conversations via YouTube, Fridays at 8 pm. A Year With Dawn: Monthly Reading Group via Zoom, free, see website to register. Wives by Jaclyn Backhaus, starts June 24, 2022.
Awesome Theatre Company. Now streaming on the website: The Jersey Devil Play, Holy Sh*t That Was Scary: The Cloud; and previous productions.

Berkeley Rep Dana H by Lucas Hnath, June 3 – July 10, Roda Theatre.
Brava Theatre Center: See website for events.
BroadwaySF: Cats. national tour, June 1 – 12, Golden Gate. Hadestown national tour, opens June 7, Orpheum.
Broadway San Jose:  Season starts with Disney’s The Lion King, August 3-21.
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes)  Romeo y Juliet June 4 – June 19, 2022.
Central Works Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia, June 25 – July 24, 2022.
Cinnabar Theatre. La Traviata, begins June 10, 2022.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre Camelot, small cast version, September 9 – October 9.
Curran Theater: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playing now.
Custom Made Theatre Blood at the Root by Dominique Morisseau, May 13 – June 5, 2022.
42nd Street Moon. The Pajama Game, June 2 – June 19, Gateway Theater.
Golden Thread  The Language of Wild Berries by Nagmeh Samini, October 14 – November 6, 2022. Potrero Stage.
Landmark Musical Theater. RENT, coming summer 2022.
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage, April 1-16, Magic Theater, Fort Mason, closed.
Magic Theatre. Monument, or Four Sisters (The Moth Play) by Sam Chanse, closed; video to come.
Marin Theatre Company The Sound Inside by Adam Rapp, May 26 – June 19, 2022.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Upcoming Events Page.
New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC) Encore: A Cabaret Performance Celebrating Forty Years, through June 12, 2022.
Oakland Theater Project. See listings for upcoming season.
Pear Theater. In Theater: The Piano Teacher, June 22 – July 16.
PianoFight. Calendar of shows.
Ray of Light: Kinky Boots, September 8 – October 1, 2022.
San Francisco PlayhouseThe Paper Dreams of Harry Chin by Jessica Huang, May 4 – June 18, 2022.
SFBATCO See website for upcoming streaming and in- theater shows.
San Jose Stage Company: The Tooth of Crime by Sam Shepard, June 1 – 26, 2022.
Shotgun Players. A Small Fire by Adam Bock, May 14 – June 12, 2022.
The Breath Project. Streaming archive.
The Marsh: Calendar listings for Berkeley, San Francisco and Marshstream.
Theatre Rhino  Streaming: Essential Services Project, conceived and performed by John Fisher, all weekly performances now available on demand.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.Ragtime, the musical. June 1 – June 26, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
Word for Word. Boys Go To Jupiter by Danielle Evans, July 6 – 21, Z Space, Steindler stage.

Misc. Listings:
Current film series.
Berkeley Symphony: See website for listings.
Chamber Music San Francisco: Calendar, 2023 Season, starting February.
Dance Mission Theatre. On stage events calendar.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Calendar listings and upcoming shows.
San Francisco Opera. Calendar listings, January 16 – June 10, 2022.
San Francisco Symphony. Calendar listings.

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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