Bookwaves/Artwaves – Sept. 17, 2020: Heather Cox Richardson – Laurel Ollstein

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

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



Heather Cox Richardson, in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky.

Heather Cox Richardson is a noted historian, a Professor of History at Boston College, specializing on the Civil War and reconstruction – but in the past year she’s taken on a different role, chronicling America’s daily political life in a series of commentaries titled Letters from an American, which can be found on her Facebook page, as well as at Earlier this year, she released a book titled How the South Won the Civil War, subtitled Oligarchy, Democracy and the Continuing fight for the soul of America.

This interview with Heather Cox Richardson was recorded via on the morning of Friday, September 11, 2020. She discusses her daily column and how it came to be written, elements in her book, and of course, current events.

Complete 62-minute interview.



Laurel Ollstein, whose latest play, “Pandora,” will be streaming on the website from September 24, 6 pm – Septembre 28, 6 pm, is interviewed by host Richard Wolinsky.

Laurel Ollstein is also the author of “They Promised Her the Moon,” which was produced at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and shut down prematurely due to the pandemic. She has been a theatre and television actress, short story writer and director over the course of her career, and worked with Tim Robbins’ Actors Gang in Los Angeles for fifteen years.

This latest project is a theatrical retelling of the myth of Pandora, the first human woman in Greek Mythology, who was said to have opened a box which allowed all the ills of the world to escape. The production, recorded in Zoom toward the end of May, 2020, is a workshop reading featuring actors from the Bay Area and beyond, and is directed by Giovanna Sardelli, is free on-line with registration.

:Special thanks to Richard Lavin for his assistance in post-production. Complete 34-minute podcast interview.



Announcement Links

Book Passage. Conversations with authors, all at 4 pm Pacific: Ayad Akhtar on Saturday September 19 at 4 pm, Wade Davis Sunday September 20 also at 4 pm, Al Sharpton, Thursday October 1 at 5:30 pm.
The Booksmith features Lucy Jane Bledsoe Tuesday September 22 at 8 pm.
Books Inc presents Laura Markham, PhD this afternoon at 4 pm
Bay Area Book Festival Sunday, October 4, the Bay Area Book Festival presents Berkeley #UNBOUND, an all-day, free, virtual mini-festival — kicked off with a ticketed keynote program on Saturday night, October 3.
Kepler’s Books presents Refresh the Page, on line interviews and talks. Registration required.

San Francisco Playhouse The Zoomlet play Monday September 21 at 7 pm is The Logic by Will Arbery.
Custom Made Theatre Sarah Ruhl’s How to Transcend a Happy Marriage, recorded during its Jan/Feb run, streams September 18-20, On Demand 10 am-11 pm.
Theatre Rhino Live Thursday performance conceived and performed by John Fisher on Facebook Live and Zoom at 8 pm Thursday September 17 is Straight.
American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) In Love and Warcraft by Madhuri Shekar, On Demand recording of the live production, Sept 18-25. The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa Fasthorse, live streamed September 25 to October 3, On demand October 9 to October 18.
42nd Street Moon. 8 pm Tuesdays: Tuesday Talks Over the Moon. Fridays at 8 pm: Full Moon Fridays Cabaret. Sundays at 8 pm: Quiz Me Kate: Musical Theatre Trivia. A new subscription series, Moonbeams, begins streaming on October 1.
Magic Theatre. Nassim Soleimanpour gives a one-day playwriting workshop, Wed. September 26, 10 am to 2 pm. Limited availability.
Shotgun Players.  Josh Kornbluth’s Citizen Brain, live streamed October 16 to November 8.
Berkeley Rep Romantics Anonymous, live from the Old Vic in Bristol, England, a musical with book by Emma Rice, lyrics by Christopher Dimond and music by Michael Kooman, September 26 at 1 pm. And It Can’t Happen Hear, a four part radio play, on October 13 at 5 pm.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Pandora by Laurel Ollstein streams September 24 to September 28. 6 pm to 6 pm.
California Shakepeare Theatre (Cal Shakes) The Direct Address series continues with Resisting Shakespeare: Or, How to Fall In and Out and In and Out of Love. The series begins on September 18 at 5 pm.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts new on-line programming series featuring classes, concerts, poetry sessions and more.
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, will stream this fall, date to be announced. Aurora Connects conversations every Friday, 4 pm.
Marin Theatre Company Lauren Gunderson’s play Natural Shocks streams through Soundcloud on the Marin Theatre website.
Central Works The Script Club, where you read the script of a new play and send comments to the playwright. The September script is Strange Ladies by Susan Sobeloff. A podcast will be posted to the Central Works website on September 29. Bystanders by Patricia Milton, an audio play, streams through September 20.
New Conservatory Theatre Center presents In Good Company, a podcast about life when it goes off script. The first five episodes are now available streaming.
The Marsh: International Solo Fest, October 7-11. Josh Kornbluth hosts bingo every Friday at 7:30 pm
Pear Theater. Lysistrata, October 8 – November 9, filmed live outdoors.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre Check the webpage for theatre classes for young actors.

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


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