Bookwaves/Artwaves – September 3, 2020: Gail Sheehy – Madhuri Shekar

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

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



Gail Sheehy, one of America’s most distinguished journalists, known for her incisive profiles in the New Yorker and other magazines, died on August 24, 2020 of complications from pneumonia, possibly brought on by Covid-19. She was 83.

One of the founders of the New Journalism, Sheehy’s book, Passages, a kind of road map of life from our twenties to old age, is considered one of the most influential books of the twentieth century.

In this interview with host Richard Wolinsky, conducted at Book Passage bookstore in Corte Madera, California on September 24, 2014, she talks about what would be her final book, Daring: My Passages, which takes us from her days at New York Magazine through her years as a freelance journalist, focusing on the personalities of the people she’s interviewed over the years as well as on her personal life.

Gail Sheehy Wikipedia page


Madhuri Shekar‘s play, “In Love and Warcraft” will be seen in live performance as part of ACT’s InterAct Home Initiative, September 4-12, 2020, and then streaming September 18-25. She is interviewed by Richard Wolinsky.

“In Love and Warcraft” concerns a young woman who spends much of her time in the World of Warcraft game, and on the side writes love letters for her friends. Along the way, she discovers she has feelings for one of her clients.

Madhuri Shekar’s other plays include “House of Joy,” which played at Cal Shakes last summer, along with “A Nice Indian Boy,” “Queen,” and “Dhaba on Devon Avenue,” which was having its premiere at the New Victory Theatre in Chicago and was shut down due to the novel corona virus.

Her web TV series, “Titus and Andronicus” can be found on You Tube. She was part of the writers’ room of Joss Whedon’s new series, “The Nevers,” which will have its premiere on HBO.

Born in California, she spent most of her formative years in Chenmai, India, and currently lives in New Jersey.

Headshot: Ganesh Toasty. Horizontal photo: Niyantha Shekar
Post-production: Richard Lavin.



Announcement Links

Book Passage.Ticketed events are Louise Penny, Saturday September 5 at noon Pacifica time, and Jodi Pico on Sunday September 6 at 4 pm Pacific. Carl Hiaasen in conversation with Dave Barry, Tuesday September 8, 4 pm. Chasten Buttegieg in conversation with Andrew Sean Greer Tuesday September 15, 5:30 pm
The Booksmith features Joe William Trotter Jr. and Workers on Arrival: Black Labor in the Making of America, on Monday September 7 at 11 am and Tuesday September 8, at 6 pm, Julian Guthrie with Good Blood at 6 pm. Both are free with RSVP.
Books Inc presents a book launch with Carole Bumpus and Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table, later today at 5 pm, and a talk about children’s literature with author Shirin Yim Bridges and editor Amy Novesky on Wednesday, September 9 at 5 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 ADDED SEPT 4: Monday September 7, 7 pm. Two Pigeons Talk Politics by Lauren Gunderson. Virtual table read. Free with registration. Thursday September 3 at 7 pm: Fireside chat with Susi Damilano and Stacey Ross.
Custom Made Theatre UPDATED SEPT 4: 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 3 is Fillmore. Other Letters created by Renaud and Carin Silkaitis, a queer and diverse take on A.J. Gurney’s Love Letters, can be seen on Zoom on Tuesday September 8 at 7 pm.
American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) begins a series of live then streamed ticketed productions, titled InterAct, starting on September 4 with In Love and Warcraft by Madhuri Shekar. Live productions Sept 4-5, 11-12; On Demand recording Sept 18-25.
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.
Shotgun Players.  Check out the website for streamed material.
Berkeley Rep Another live performance by Hershey Felder, George Gershwin Alone, airs on Sunday September 13 at 5 pm.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Another live performance by Hershey Felder, George Gershwin Alone, airs on Sunday September 13 at 5 pm. Tickets on sale on the website. TheatreWorks’ production of the musical Pride and Prejudice is now streaming with an Amazon Prime subscription.
California Shakepeare Theatre (Cal Shakes) Direct Address: Allyship and Anti-Racism, Where Are We Now? Panel discussion Friday Sept 4, 5-7 pm.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts new on-line programming series featuring classes, concerts, poetry sessions and more.
SFBATCO Songs of the Golden Age, Thursday September 3, 6 pm with Rod and Marce on Twitch TV.
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.
New Conservatory Theatre Center presents In Good Company, a podcast about life when it goes off script. The first three episodes are now available streaming.

The Marsh: Class Performances. David Ford’s class members perform 20-minute monologues live streamed, next Monday September 7 and Tuesday September 8 at 7:30 pm.
Pear Theater. Lysistrata, October 8 – November 9, filmed live outdoors.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre Afterschool classes begin September 14.
Lincoln Center Live Through September 8, 2020: Carousel, with Kelli O’Hara & Nathan Gunn.

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