Bookwaves/Artwaves – October 22, 2020: Tea Obreht – Gamal Abdel Chasten

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

Links to announced on-line and streaming local theatre & book events



Tea Obreht, author of the magic realist western “Inland,” in conversation with Richard Wolinsky.

The author of “The Tiger’s Wife” turns her attention to the American west in a tale that encompasses ghosts and camels, and the hardscrabble life of frontier families.

Recorded at Book Passage Bookstore in Corte Madera, California.

Complete 32 minute podcast.



Gamal Abdel Chasten, the artistic director of The Breath Project, in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky. Gamal Abdel Chasten is co-founder of the project, along with Marieke Gaboury.

“The Breath Project focuses on several short works of 8 minutes and 46 seconds in length, the time it took George Floyd to die at the hands of the Minneapolis Police, which focus on social issues seen from the perspective of people of color.

Twenty-four of those works can be seen in sequence on Saturday October 24, 2020 at 2 pm and 5 pm Pacific, and Sunday October 25 at 5 pm Pacific and the entire collection of  pieces can all be heard on demand on the website,

Gamal Abdel Chasten is an actor, musician, playwright and poet, and co-founder of Universes Theatre ensemble. “The Breath Project” is sponsred by a host of theatre companies, including Marin Theatre Company and Palo Alto Children’s Theatre in the San Francisco Bay Area.

:Complete 36 minute podcast.


Announcement Links

Book Passage. Conversations with authors, all at 4 pm Pacific: Claire Messud, Sat. Oct. 24, Marilyn Chase Sun. Oct. 25.
The Booksmith , Michelle Morano on Tuesday, October 27 at 6 pm and Scott James on Wednesday October 28 at 6 pm
Books Inc David Leavitt on Wednesday October 28 at 5 pm and Alice Garza via City Arts & Lectures at 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. Zoomlet Monday October 26, 7 pm, An American Dream by Dipika Guha. 2020-21 Virtual Season: Art by Yasmina Reza, streaming October 24 – 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 One time only, reading of A Bright Room Called Day by Tony Kushner with the cast of the 2012 production, Zoom, registration required, Wednesday October 28, 6:30 pm.
Theatre Rhino Live Thursday performance conceived and performed by John Fisher on Facebook Live and Zoom at 8 pm Thursdays is Marie’s Crisis. Overlooked Latinas, written and performed by Tina D’Elia, streaming Nov. 13-22, 2020.
American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) Moon Man Walk by James Ijames, streaming on demand through October 23; Blood Wedding 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, through October 25; Broadway Flipped, Oct. 29  – 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. Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata, video of 2018 TheatreWorks production, streaming through November 3, 2020.
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.
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.
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
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. 24 curated works of 8 minutes 46 seconds streams Saturday October 24, 2 pm and 5 pm and Sunday October 25, 5 pm. Complete collection streaming on demand.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Live from the West Side: Patti LuPone. Saturday October 24, 5 pm Pacific. On-demand audio recordings of early plays; videos of Indigenous Peoples Day 2020, etc.
Goodman Theatre (Chicago). Death of a Salesman (2000) with Brian Dennehy,  streaming through October 25, 2020.

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


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