Bookwaves/Artwaves – June 24, 2021: Armistead Maupin

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

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


Bookwaves Special Pride Hour

Armistead Maupin: In honor of Pride Month, two interviews with Armistead Maupin, the first recorded in June, 2007, and the second recorded in January 2015, with host Richard Wolinsky.

Armistead Maupin is the author of the legendary “Tales of the City Series,” which was later turned into four successful miniseries on television, and later a musical at ACT in San Francisco.

Following nearly twenty years since the previous book in his series, Armistead Maupin returned back to 28 Barbary Lane and its proprieter, Anna Madrigal, with “Michael Tolliver Lives” in the spring of 2007. In that interview, he talks about the history of “Tales of the City” and about his career as a writer.

In 2014, he ended the series with “The Days of Anna Madrigal,” and the second interview was recorded in January 2015 when the book came out in trade paperback. In this interview he talks about his decision to end the series, as well as the ACT musical.

“Tales of the City: The Musical,” which played at ACT’s Geary Theatre in 2011, streams as part of Pride festivies, June 21 – 27, 2021. For more information, go to the ACT website.

:Complete 40 minute podcast, 2007.

:Complete 41 minute podcast, 2015.


Streaming Book Interview/Events and Theatre Links

Bay Area Book Festival  Check website for streaming events from the 2021 Festival and upcoming events.
Books Inc.  See website for upcoming events.
Book Passage.  Calendar for June. Check for new listings. Live book events return in August.
The Booksmith   The Bindery has moved to 1727 Haight Street in San Francisco.  Calendar for June. Michael Pollan, July 6, 6 pm.
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.
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes) Live at the Bruns: Cal Shakes returns: The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, adapted by Eric Ting & Philippa Kelly, September 1 – 26, 2021.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. See website for upcoming season.
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.
Oakland Theater Project. The Dream Life of Malcolm X by John Wilkins. July 23 – August 29. Outdoors in the Parking Lot, Oakland Theater at FLAX Art & Design, Live streamed, August 21, On Demand through September 12.
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. Streaming on-demand for all shows through the runs.
SFBATCO See website for upcoming streaming and in theatre shows.
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. Free reading July 6. 7 pm: Four Play by Jake Brunger.
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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