Bookwaves/Artwaves – Oct. 15, 2020: Terry Tempest Williams – Jeanne Sakata

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

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Terry Tempest Williams, whose latest collection is titled “Erosion: Essays of Undoing”, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky.

Terry Tempest Williams is an environmental activist and chronicler of the western landscape. In her several books and essays, she takes us from national parks and monuments to the way our environment affects us, both physically and emotionally.

In this latest collection, she discusses the degradation of our natural resources, an ongoing process that encompasses the past few administrations and rushes headlong in the ongoing one; she talks about her Mormon roots and how they still affect her at the deepest levels, and how her activism led to her removal from her post at the University of Utah, along with the heartbreaking story of her brother’s death from suicide.

In this in-depth interview, she talks specifically about how she and her husband bought oil leases in an attempt to prevent drilling, about the climate crisis, and about how she came to be a writer. Complete 45-minute interview.



Playwright and actress Jeanne Sakata in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky.

Jeanne Sakata is the author of the play “Hold These Truths” which played at TheatreWorks Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto, July 11 – August 5, 2018, and is now available streaming through November 3, 2020. For more information on how to watch, go to the TheatreWorks website.

Jeanne Sakata is an actress who has appeared on several TV shows and films, and on stage at both ACT and Berkeley Rep.

Hold These Truths is the true true story following Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese-American student who fought internment to a relocation camp during World War II. This Northern California premiere celebrates the human spirit as it chronicles Hirabayashi’s journey from college in Seattle all the way to the Supreme Court, and eventually to a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Directed by Lisa Rothe, with Joel de la Fuente starring as Hirabayashi,

Hold These Truths made its world premiere in 2007 at East West Players in Los Angeles. In 2012, the solo play made its Off Broadway premiere at Epic Theatre Company starring Joel de la Fuente, and received a 2013 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance. Since its world premiere, it has gone on to play throughout the nation including theatres in Boston, Honolulu, Washington, D.C., Portland, and many others.

:Complete 41 minute podcast.


Announcement Links

Book Passage. Conversations with authors, all at 4 pm Pacific: Steph Kent and Logan Smalley Thursday Oct. 15, Pico Iyer, Sat. Oct. 17, Lan Cao and Isabel Allende, Sun. Oct. 18.
The Booksmith Cory Doctorow, Thurs. Oct. 15, 5 pm; Rebecca Roanhorse Mon. Oct. 19, 6 pm; David Livingstone Smith and David P. Barash, On Humanity, Tues. Oct. 20, 6 pm; Poetry, Wed. Oct 21, 6 pm.
Books Inc City Arts & Lectures, Thurs. Oct. 15 and Monday Oct. 19, 6 pm.
Bay Area Book Festival Unbound events continue. Podcasts of October 3-4 Unbound TBA.
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, streaming October 24 – November 7; The Jewelry Box, written and performed by Brian Copeland, streaming Nov. 28-Dec. 25, 2020; From Blues to Broadway Revue, streaming Dec. 12 – 31, 2020.
Custom Made Theatre Upcoming virtual productions TBA.
Theatre Rhino Live Thursday performance conceived and performed by John Fisher on Facebook Live and Zoom at 8 pm Thursdays is Randy: The Story of Shilts. Overlooked Latinas, written and performed by Tina D’Elia, streaming Nov. 13-22.
American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) Ironbound by Martyna Majok streams through October 16. In Love and Warcraft by Madhuri Shekar and The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa Fasthorse, both streaming on demand through October 18. Moon Man Walk by James Ijames, streaming on demand Oct 16-23; BloodWedding by Federico Garcia Lorca, live Oct 23-30, 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: The Oldest Living Cater Waiter, Oct. 15-25; Broadway Flipped, Oct. 29- Nov. 8; A Distant Dinner Party withJess and Jaron, Nov. 12-22 8 pm; Home (literally)for the Holidays, Nov. 36- 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, Oct . 19- Nov. 15.
Shotgun Players.  Josh Kornbluth’s Citizen Brain, live streamed October 16 to 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.
Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata, video of 2018 TheatreWorks production, streaming through November 3, 2020. From TheatreWorks with Love, party to welcome new Artistic Director Tim Bond, Saturday Oct. 17, 5-7 pm.
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, stream starts Oct. 23, 2020. Aurora Connects conversations every Friday, 4 pm.
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, tickets go on sale October 27. The Breath Project, streaming October 24-25.
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 presents In Good Company podcast about life when it goes off script, runs through October 21. 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
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. Reading Stage, one night only: Seven by by Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deveare Smith, and Susan Yankowitz, 7 pm on Zoom.

If you’d like to add your bookstore or theatre venue to this list, please write [email protected].

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