Bookwaves/Artwaves – November 5, 2020: Joshua Furst – Bill Irwin

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

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Joshua Furst, author of the novel “Revolutionaries,” which fictionalizes the story of Abbie Hoffman and his family in the 1960s and 1970s, is interviewed by host Richard Wolinsky.

Joshua Furst, in his second novel, focuses on the radicals of the ’60s by looking at the life of a prankster activist based on Hoffman, and on the lives of his wife and son, and on the noted folk singer Phil Ochs.  Originally a playwright, Joshua Furst turned to fiction with a collection, “Short People,” followed by a novel about the punk scene in the Midwest, “The Sabotage Cafe.”

An extended 36-minute version of this interview can be found as a Radio Wolinsky podcast.



Richard Wolinsky & Bill Irwin

Bill Irwin, creator and performer of “On Beckett,” which was performed at A.C.T.’s Strand Theatre through January 22, 2017, is interviewed by Richard Wolinsky.

Bill Irwin won the Tony Award for his portrayal of George opposite Kathleen Turner’s Martha in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.” on Broadway. He performed as both Lucky and Vladimir in productions on Broadway of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” and performed in A.C.T.’s recent production of Beckett’s “Endgame.” A veteran of several TV shows and films,  currently he appears regularly on the TV show “Law & Order: SVU” and appeared previously on “Sleepy Hollow,” and “Legion,” and will appear in the upcoming film “Lust Life Love.”

A founder of the legendary Pickle Family Circus, he has also appeared in San Francisco and New York in the shows “Fool Moon” and “Old Hats.”

Bill Irwin’s interest in Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) goes back to college and his performances of Beckett not only include the mentioned plays but other works as well.

:The interview was recorded January 9, 2017 in a dressing room at the Strand Theatre in San Francisco. Special thanks to Carey Perloff and Kevin Kopjak for making this possible.



Announcement Links

Book Passage. Conversations with authors, all at 4 pm Pacific: Anthony Lee Head and Peter Coyote, Sat. Nov. 7, Elizabeth Strout Sun. November 8. Andrea Bemis, Wed. November 11. Naomi Wolf, Saturday November 14. Thomas Keller, Monday November 16.
The Booksmith Reza Farazmand, Wednesday November 19 6 pm.
Books Inc J.M. Hirsch, Friday November 6, 6 pm; Beverly Tatum, Tuesday November 10, 6 pm; AJ Sass, Thursday November 12, 6 pm.
Bay Area Book Festival Unbound events continue. Podcasts of October 3-4 Unbound: All 22 interviews and discussions are now available on demand.
Kepler’s Books presents Refresh the Page, on line interviews and talks. Registration required.

San Francisco Playhouse. 2020-21 Virtual Season: Art by Yasmina Reza, now streaming through November 7; The Jewelry Box, written and performed by Brian Copeland, streaming November 28 – December 25, 2020; From Blues to Broadway Revue, streaming December 12 – 31, 2020.
Custom Made Theatre Upcoming events TBA.
Theatre Rhino Live Thursday performance conceived and performed by John Fisher on Facebook Live and Zoom at 8 pm Thursdays is Insane Director. Blood at the Root by Dominique Morriseau, directed by Darryl V. Jones, live Nov. 6 at 7:30 pm and streaming through November 15; Overlooked Latinas, written and performed by Tina D’Elia, streaming Nov. 13-22, 2020. At The Wake of a Dead Drag Queen by Terry Guest, November 10, 7 pm free.
American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca, on demand Nov. 6 -13. Pam McKinnon talks with Annette Bening, Nov. 20 live; Dec. 4 – June 30, on demand. A Christmas Carol, radio adaptation of Carey Perloff’s adaptation, streams Dec. 5-31, 2020.
42nd Street Moon. Moonbeams Streaming Series: Broadway Flipped, now through  Nov. 8; A Distant Dinner Party with Jess and Jaron, Nov. 12-22 8 pm; Home (literally) for the Holidays, Nov. 26- Dec. 6. Tuesdays: Tuesday Talks Over the Moon. Every other Friday at 8 pm: Full Moon Fridays Cabaret. Sundays at 8 pm: Quiz Me Kate: Musical Theatre Trivia.
Magic Theatre. Escaped Alone by Caryl Churchill, directed by Loretta Greco. A radio play, through Nov. 15.
Shotgun Players.  Josh Kornbluth’s Citizen Brain, live streamed through November 8.
Berkeley Rep It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis, adapted by Tony Taccone, a radio play, On demand through November 8. Free with no registration. Here is the link.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Two live shows with Hershey Felder  from Florence for the Holidays: Claude Debussy, Nov. 22; Tchaikovsky, December 20, both at 5 pm Pacific.
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. Day of the Dead virtual ritual, Nov.2, live event.
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. Tell Tale Hearts: An Evening of Hip Hop Theatre featuring Carlos Aguirre and the Bay Area Theatre Cypher, November 28, livestream, 7 pm Pacific.
Marin Theatre Company Lauren Gunderson’s play Natural Shocks streams through Soundcloud on the Marin Theatre website. American Dreams, created and developed by Leila Buck and Tamilla Woodard, streaming Nov. 10-15.
Central Works Bystanders by Patricia Milton, an audio play, currently streaming. The Human Ounce by Nicole Parizeau, audio play, streams beginning Nov. 26, 2020
New Conservatory Theatre Center The Law of Attraction by Patricia Milton, a world premiere radio play, streams through November 18, 2020.
The Marsh: International Solo Fest, archived streaming. Josh Kornbluth hosts bingo every Friday at 7:30 pm
Brava Theatre Center: Special Dia de los Muertos events November 1-2.
Pear Theater. Lysistrata, streamed through November 9, filmed live outdoors.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre It’s a Wonderful Life, a radio play by Joe Landry, streams Nov. 27-Dec. 20.
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.
Atlantic Theatre Company. Guards at the Taj by Rajiv Josph, live streamed Nov. 5-7, 4 pm, and Nov 7, 11 am. Free with registration.
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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