Tony Taccone is in his 16th year as artistic director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where he has staged more than 35 shows, including the world premieres of The Convict’s Return, Culture Clash in AmeriCCa, The First 100 Years, Geni(us), Ravenshead, Virgin Molly and Zorro in Hell. He commissioned Tony Kushner’s renowned Angels in America, co-directed its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum and has collaborated with Kushner on six projects. Mr. Taccone recently made his Broadway debut with Bridge & Tunnel, which was universally lauded by the critics and won a Tony Award for its star, Sarah Jones. He served for six years as Artistic Director San Francisco’s Eureka Theatre before coming to Berkeley Rep.
Founded in 1968, Berkeley Repertory Theatre has established itself as one of this country’s top-ranking professional resident theatre companies, known for its consistently high-quality productions. Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, its national reputation draws theatre artists from around the country to work on a variety of productions from September through July.
About the interviewer:
RICHARD WOLINSKY hosts "Bookwaves" heard every Thursday at 3:00 pm on KPFA-FM in Berkeley. He also hosts theatre interviews on "Arts-Waves" heard every Monday at 3:00 pm on KPFA-FM in Berkeley. He also hosts the Radio Wolinsky podcast, which usually uploads every Tuesday on the kpfa.org website. He also produces Bay Area theatre reviews for KPFA's Up Front and Talkies programs.
2008 Interview, Part One.Tony discusses the history of Berkeley Rep and of Bay Area Theatre along with the story behind Carrie Fisher's one-woman show, "Wishful Drinking" and "Tragedy A Tragedy" by Will Eno. Aired March 21, 2008.
2008 Interview, Part Two Tony discusses his work with playwright Tony Kushner, including the origins of "Angels in America" along with the 2008-2009 season at Berkeley Rep.
2011 Interview.Tony returns to KPFA to discuss current and upcoming productions, including the just-announced 2011-2012 season, plus some future possibilities for Berkeley Rep, and finishes with a strong argument in favor of government funding of the arts in America. (40 min).
Ghost Light. Tony discusses his play, Ghost Light, developed with director Jonathan Moscone and playing at Berkeley Rep through February 19, 2012. Tony also talks about how to be an usher, as well as other Berkeley Rep information. (36 min).
2012 Interview. Tony returns to KPFA to discuss current and upcoming productions, the most recent show, BlacknBlue Boys, the latest projects at Berkeley Rep, and the Mike Daisey controversy . (36 min).
2013 Interview. Tony discusses recent and upcoming productions, the two current shows, Fallaci and Pericles, Prince of Tyre, new approaches to playwrighting and the commercialization of Broadway. (40 min).
2014 Interview. Tony discusses recent and upcoming productions, including the current show, An Audience with Meow Meow, the advent of new plays in the Bay Area, the work of Tony Kushner, and more (36 min).