Selected Theatre & Entertainment Archive

A selected archive of Bookwaves and Open Book interviews conducted by Richard Wolinsky in the realms of theatre, film, cabaret and entertainment in general. Interviews as heard on KPFA are 28-29 minutes; extended edits are noted and timed. 
 
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American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.)
Bill Irwin, actor, On Beckett, playing at A.C.T. Strand through Jan. 22, 2017
Program as heard on KPFA. Aired January 12, 2017.
The Unfortunates, playing at A.C.T. Strand through April 10, 2016
Complete 39-minute interview. Aired March 7, 2016
Colm Toibin, playwright, Testament, playing at A.C.T. through Nov. 23, 2014
Complete 55-minute interview. Aired November 3rd & 6th, 2014
Bookwaves/Carey Perloff page: Richard Wolinsky talks with Carey Perloff, Artistic Director of American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.
2015 Interview aired April 20, 2015 and April 23, 2015
2014 Interview aired April 11, 2014
2013 Interview aired May 31, 2013
2012 Interview aired May 25, 2012
2011 Interview aired April 8, 2011
2010 Interview aired April 23, 2010
2009 Interview aired March 27, 2009
Bookwaves/Mark Rucker page: Richard Wolinsky talks with Mark Rucker, Associate Artistic Director of American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and director of Marcus, or the Secret of Sweet. playing through November 21, 2010. 
Aired November 12, 2010
Bookwaves/Lorenzo Pisoni page: Richard Wolinsky talks with Lorenzo Pisoni, co-creator and star of Humor Abuse, playing through February 5, 2012
Aired January 27, 2012
A.C.T. Home Page

Aurora Theatre Company
Bookwaves/Tom Ross page  Richard Wolinsky talks with Tom Ross, Artistic Director of Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley.
2011 interview aired September 9, 2011
2014 interview aired June 13, 2016
Aurora Theatre Home Page

Bay Area Musicals
Richard Wolinsky talks with Matthew McCoy, co-director of Bay Area Musicals, a new theater company based in San Francisco.
Program as aired on KPFA  February 15, 2016
Bay Area Musicals Home Page

Berkeley Rep
Emma Rice, co-adaptor & director, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, at Berkeley Rep through January 15, 2017.
Interview with Emma Rice.
John Leguizamo, playwright, performer, Latin History for Morons, at Berkeley Rep through August 14, 2016.
Interview with John Leguizamo
Ayad Akhtar, playwright, Disgraced, at Berkeley Rep thru December 27, 2015
Interview with Ayad Akhtar
Craig Lucas, librettist, Amelie, a New Musical, at Berkeley Rep thru October 4, 2015
Interview with Craig Lucas
Anna Deavere Smith, playwright, Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, at Berkeley Rep through August 2, 2015
Program as aired on KPFA
Kathleen Turner, star of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins at Berkeley Rep.through January 4, 2015..
Program as aired on KPFA
Tony Kushner, playwright, The Intellligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, playing at Berkeley Rep through June 29, 2014. 
Program as aired on KPFA (live phone interview) 
Brian Copeland, playwright and star of Not a Genuine Black Man, playing at Berkeley Rep through May 31, 2014
Interview with Brian Copeland
Mona Golabek, playwright and star of The PIanist of Willesden Lane, playing at Berkeley Rep through January 5, 2014 
Interview with Mona Golabek
Hershey Felder, playwright and star of George Gershwin Alone, playing at Berkeley Rep through July 7, 2013.
Program as Aired on KPFA
Lawrence Wright, playwright of Fallaci, playing at Berkeley Rep through April 21, 2013
Segment on Fallaci and his other plays
Mary Zimmerman, director and playwright of The White Snake, playing at Berkeley Rep through December 30, 2012.
Program as aired on KPFA    Complete 17-minute interview 
Henry Woronicz, star of An Iliad, playing at Berkeley Rep through November 18, 2012. Program as aired on KPFA    Extended 35-minute web edit
Eve Ensler, playwright of Emotional Creature, at Berkeley Rep through July 15, 2012
Extended 34 minute web edit
Aired June 21, 2012
Bookwaves/Tony Taccone page  Richard Wolinsky talks with Tony Taccone, Artistic Director of Berkeley Rep theatre company
2016 Season Overview, aired August 8, 2016
2015 Season Overview, aired June 1, 2015
2014 Season Overview, aired Sept. 10, 2014
2013 Season Overview, aired April 12, 2013
2012 Season Overview, aired June 8, 2012
Interview about Ghost Light, aired January 13, 2012
2011 Season Overview: aired March 11, 2011
2008 Season Overview: Part One, aired March 21, 2008; Part Two, aired April 4, 2008
Bookwaves/Les Waters page: Richard Wolinsky talks with Les Waters, Associate Artistic Director of Berkeley Rep theatre company.  
Aired March 12, 2010 
Bookwaves/Sharon Ott page Richard Wolinsky talks with Sharon Ott, director of Brekeley Rep's 2009 production of Sharon Freed's play, You Nero
Aired May 29, 2009
Bookwaves/Indhu Rubasingham page: Richard Wolinsky talks with Indhu Rubasingham, co-director of Tricycle Theatre production of The Great Game: Afghanistan, performed at Berkeley Rep, November 2010.
Aired October 25, 2010 
Bookwaves/Delroy Lindo page   Richard Wolinsky talks with Delroy Lindo, director of Berkeley Rep's 2008 production of August Wilson's play, Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Aired November 14, 2008
Bookwaves/Anna Deavere Smith page   Richard Wolinsky talks with Anna Deavere Smith, playwright and star of Let Me Down Easy, on tour and at Berkeley Rep May 31, 2011 through July 10, 2011
Aired June 9, 2011
Bookwaves/Rita Moreno page   Richard Wolinsky talks with Rita Moreno, star of Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup playing at Berkeley Rep through October 30, 2011
Aired September 30, 2011.
Berkeley Rep Home Page

Boxcar Theatre Company
Bookwaves/Nick Olivero page. Richard Wolinsky talks with Nick Olivero, Artistic
Director of Boxcar Theatre, with four Sam Shepard plays in repertory.
Aired March 9, 2012
Boxcar Theatre Home Page

California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes)
Richard Wolinsky talks with Eric Ting, Artistic Director of Cal Shakes.
Interview aired May 30, 2016
Program as heard on KPFA;  Extended 35-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
Cal Shakes Home Page

Custom Made Theatre Company
Richard Wolinsky talks with Brian Katz, Artistic Director of Custom Made.
Interview aired January 11, 2016
Program as heard on KPFA;  Extended 41-minute web edit
Custom Made Home Page

Golden Thread/Re-Orient
Richard Wolinsky talks with Evren Odcikin, director and Humaira Ghilzai, cultural consultant, about the play The Most Dangerous Highway in the World, at Thick House in San Francisco through May 29, 2016.
Program as heard on KPFA     Aired May 2, 2016
Extended 43-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
Richard Wolinsky talks with Torange Yeghiazarian, Artistic Director of the Re-Orient Festival, a series of short plays that focus on the Middle East, at Z Below in San Francisco through October 4, 2015. She is also the Artistic Director of Golden Thread Productions, a playwright and director. 
Program as heard on KPFA   Aired September 14, 2015
Golden Thread Home Page

Magic Theatre Company
Bookwaves/Loretta Greco page. Richard Wolinsky talks with Loretta Greco, Artistic Director of the Magic Theatre. First interview aired November 11, 2011; Second interview aired February 8, 2013.
Magic Theatre Home Page

Marin Theatre Company
Bookwaves/Jasson Minadakis page Richard Wolinsky talks with Jasson Minadakis, Artistic Director of Marin Theatre Company
First interview aired January 28, 2011; Second interview aired December 9, 2011;
2013 interview aired January 11, 2013; 2014 interview aired March 14, 2014; 2015 interview aired October 8, 2015; 2016 Interview aired August 22, 2016.
Margo Hall, actor, Gem of the Ocean at Marin Theatre Company thru Feb 14, 2016
Interview with Margo Hall
Rachel Bonds, playwright, Swimmers, at Marin Theatre Company through March 27, 2016, aired March 14, 2016. 
Interview with Rachel Bonds
Marin Theatre Home Page

New Conservatory Theatre Center
Bookwaves/Ed Decker page  Richard Wolinsky talks with Ed Decker, Artistic Director of the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco.
2009 Interview aired August 21, 2009; 2005 Interview aired November 18, 2005; 2013 Interview aired September 13, 2013.
2016 interview aired November 14, 2016.
New Conservatory Theatre Home Page

San Francisco Playhouse
Susi Damilano, director, Stage Kiss, at SF Playhouse thru Jan. 9. 2016
Interview with Susi Damilano
Bookwaves/Bill English page   Richard Wolinsky talks with Bill English, Artistic Director of San Francisco Playhouse.
2013 interview aired November 8, 2013; 2014 interview aired July 9, 2014; 2015 interview aired August 3, 2015; 2016 interview aired October 10, 2016.
San Francisco Playhouse Home Page

San Francisco Symphony
Edwin Outwater, conductor and Richard Lonsdorf, programmer, San Francisco Symphony Summer Series. Program aired June 27, 2016. 40-minute extended podcast version.
San Francisco Symphony Home Page

The Free Theater
Richard Wolinsky talks with Caitlyn Louchard of The Free Theatre, Romeo and Juliet plays the first two weekends in April, 2015 at the Omni Commons in Oakland.
Interview aired March 30, 2015.
Program as heard on KPFA

Theatre Rhino
Bookwaves/John Fisher page   Richard Wolinsky talks with John Fisher, Artistic Director of Theatre Rhino in San Francisco
Segment aired January 10, 2014; 2013 Interview aired June 4, 2013; 2011 Interview aired June 10, 2011; 2009 Interview aired April 24, 2009; 2008 interview aired February 25, 2008; 2005 Interview aired November 18, 2005
Theatre Rhino Home page

Theatreworks Silicon Valley 
Bookwaves/Robert Kelley page: Richard Wolinsky talks with Robert Kelley, Artistic Director of Thetreworks Silicon Valley, and director of the new musical, A Christmas Memory, playing through December 26, 2010. 
Aired December 10, 2010 
Theatreworks Home Page

Ubuntu Theater Project
Richard Wolinsky talks with Michael Socrates Moran and Colin Blattel of Ubuntu Theater Project in Oakland
Aired February 1, 2016
Program as heard on KPFA
Ubuntu Theater Project Home Page

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Richard Wolinsky talks with Jonathan Moscone, Chief of Civic Engagement at YBCA. Aired January 4, 2016
Program as heard on KPFA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Home Page

Z Space/Theatre Artaud
Bookwaves/Sharon Gless page: Richard Wolinsky talks with Sharon Gless, star of A Round Heeled Woman, performed at Z Space at Theatre Artaud in January, 2010.
Aired January 8, 2010  
Z Space Home Page


Other Theatre, Film & Live Performance Interviews

Terry Baum  playwright and performer of Hick: A Love Story
Aired December 29, 2014  Extended 40-minute web edit

Carol Channing  (unedited, one hour)  Just Lucky I Guess
Aired November 24, 2005

Margaret Cho I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight 
Aired November 24, 2005: extended 33-minute web edit

Neecole Cockerham  playwright and star of I Am Not My Mother 
Aired January 19, 2015.

Barbara Cook  Then & Now, Broadway legend
Aired July 7, 2016. Extended 43-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

Mart Crowley  The Boys in the Band, The Men from the Boys
Aired November 14, 2002: extended 48-minute edit

Donald Currie  Sex and Mayhem
Aired September 23, 2004

Jacques d'Amboise   I Was a Dancer
Aired April 28, 2011  Extended 45-minute web edit

Cary Elwes  As You Wish
Aired November 17, 2014    Extended 40-minute web edit

Lee Grant  I Said Yes to Everything
Aired August 13, 2015  Extended 47-minute web edit

Stephen Greenblatt  Will In The World: How Shakespeare 
Became Shakespeare  Aired January 6, 2005

Sam Harris  Singer/Actor; also author, Ham: Slices of a Life
     2010 Interview: Open Book: Aired June 25, 2010  extended 35-minute edit
     2014 Interview: Aired February 27, 2014 extended 38-minute web edit
     Bookwaves/Sam Harris page

Rupert Holmes  Swing, composer/playwright, performer
Part One Aired August 18, 2005.
Part Two Aired August 25, 2005
complete interview

Janis Ian   Society's Child
Part One  Aired Sepember 18, 2008 (fund drive program)
Part Two  Aired September 25, 2008  (fund drive program)
complete interview

Tony Kushner  Angels in America, Munich (co-screenwriter)
Aired April 20, 2006: Extended 35-minute edit

Arthur Laurents  Original Story By, playwright and librettist
Recorded April 7, 2000. Co-host: Richard A. Lupoff.
Aired November 21, 2016  Extended 41-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

Annie Leibovitz  Annie Leibovitz At Work
Aired December 4, 2008: Extended 35-minute web edit 

Elmore Leonard
Elmore Leonard (1925-2013) Documentary on the life and career of the great thriller writer, based on archive interviews from 1988 and 1989 conducted by Richard Wolinsky, Richard A. Lupoff and Lawrence Davidson.
Aired January 2, 2014    Extended 36-minute web edit

Patrick Macnee  Blind in One Ear, The Avengers television show
Aired August 17, 2015. Recorded Sept. 28, 1989. Hosts: Richard Wolinsky & 
Richard A. Lupoff. Re-edited and remastered in 2015 by Richard Wolinsky.

Andrea Martin     Two-time Tony Award winner, author, Andrea Martin's Lady Parts
Aired November 10, 2014    Extended 50-minute web edit

George R. R. Martin   Game of Thrones, television writer
Archive 1991 interview hosted by Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff.

Richard Matheson  Screen & television writer, novelist, What Dreams May Come
Aired July 12, 2013. Recorded February 1992.  42 minute extended edit

Paul Mazursky   Hollywood director (Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, An Unmarried Woman); author, Show Me The Magic. Recorded in September 1999, and hosted by Richard Wolinsky & Richard A. Lupoff.  Original 40-minute edited interview

Terrence McNally   Librettist (A Man of No Importance, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Ragtime), Playwright (Love! Valour! Compassion!, Lisbon Traviata, Master Class).  Aired March 25, 2004: 40-minute extended edit

Martin Moran  The Tricky Part, Broadway performer
Aired September 22, 2005: Extended 32-minute edit

Leonard Nimoy I Am Spock, actor/director, Mr. Spock
Aired March 2, 2015. Recorded Oct, 26, 1005. Interviewed by Richard Wolinsky and Richard A Lupoff.  Digitized & re-edited 31-minute original interview

Suzan-Lori Parks  Getting Mother's Body, Topdog/Underdug 
Aired June 19, 2003: Extended 33-minute Edit 

Frank Rich  NY Times columnist and former theatre critic for the Times.
Aired November 16, 2006

A.O. Scott  Better Living Through Criticism, NY Times Film critic
Aired April 7, 2016  Extended 43-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

Meryl Secrest  Sondheim (Biography of Stephen Sondheim)
Aired September 10, 1998  

David Sedaris  When You Are Engulfed in Flames
Aired July 31, 2008  extended 36-minute web edit

Nicky Silver  Past Perfect (playwright), performed at Theatre Rhino.
with director John Dixon. Aired Friday, April 27, 2007

Stephen Sondheim   
Finishing The Hat: Aired November 11, 2010; Part Two: Dec 2, 2010  . 
      Extended 50-minute web edit
Look! I Made a Hat: Aired December 22, 2011
     Program as aired on KPFA
Bookwaves/Stephen Sondheim page

Whit Stillman  Love & Friendship
Aired June 16, 2016  Extended 40-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

The Square:  Jehane Noujaim, director; and Karim Amer, producer  
Aired March 6, 2014   Program as heard on KPFA     Extended 52-minute web edit     

Charlie Varon    Feisty Old Jew, writer/performer
Aired February 23, 2015   Extended 33-minute web edit


Film and Television Interviews

Steven Bach   Leni: The Life and Times of Leni Riefenstahl
Aired May 31, 2007: extended 42-minute edit  

Roseanne Barr   Roseanne-archy
Aired January 20, 2011.  extended 40-minute edit

Cari Beauchamp  Joseph P. Kennedy Presents: His Hollywood Years
Aired May 14, 2009   Extended 40-minute Web Edit

Peter Biskind  Down and Dirty Pictures
Aired March 11, 2004: extended 36-minute edit

Kenneth Bowser  director, Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune.
Aired March 25, 2011  Extended 35-minute web edit

Richard Chamberlain  Shattered Love 
Aired August 28, 2003 

James Curtis   Spencer Tracy: A Biography
Aired January 12, 2012   Extended 43-minute web edit

Steve Earle  I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive
Aired June 23, 2011   Extended 44-minute web edit
Roger Ebert  The Great Movies II
Part One: Aired May 5, 2005
Part Two: Aired May 12, 2005. 
Complete interview: 45 minutes.

Nora Ephron  I Remember Nothing  
Aired December 9, 2010 (segment aired Dec. 2, 2010)   Extended 44-minute edit

Kitty Carlisle Hart
Phone interview recorded January 13, 2006, unaired.

Neil Jordan   Shade, noted film director
Aired March 3, 2005

Ashley Judd  All That Is Bitter and Sweet.
Aired May 26, 2011  Extended 47-minute web edit

Miranda July  The First Bad Man, actor/director
Aired March 2, 2015   Extended 43-minute web edit

Tony Kushner 
2006 Interview  Angels in America, Munich (co-screenwriter)
     Aired April 20, 2006: Extended 35-minute Edit
2014 Interview The Intellligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures  (live phone interview). 
     Aired June 11, 2014

Stefan Kanfer
2008 Interview  Somebody (biography of Marlon Brando)
     Aired December 11, 2008  Extended 42-minute web edit
2011 Interview Tough Without A Gun  (biography of Humphrey Bogart)
     Aired April 21, 2011  Extended 40-minute web edit

Barry Levinson  Sixty-Six, director of Diner, Rain Man and Wag the Dog
Aired October 30, 2003

Garry Marshall   My Happy Days in Hollywoodfilm/television producer/director
Part One  Aired July 12, 2012 
Part Two  Aired July 13, 2012  .
Complete 54-minute interview

Eddie Muller  The Art of Noir
Aired August 20, 2010  Extended 55-minute edit
Bookwaves Eddie Muller page

Gerald Nachman  Right Here On Our Stage Tonight: Ed Sullivan's America
Aired January 13, 2011   Extended 35-minute web edit

Michael Ondaatje  The Conversation: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film
Aired December 5, 2002 

George Stevens Jr.  Conversations with the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age at the American Film Institute
Aired June 1, 2006
Web Only Part Two

David Thomson
2005 Interview  (complete 44-minute program)  The Whole EquationThe New Biographical Dictionary of Film
        Part One Aired February 17, 2005
        Part Two Aired February 24, 2005
2008 Interview   "Have You Seen..."
Aired November 20, 2008   Extended Web Edit

Michael Tolkin The Player, Return of the Player
Aired November 23, 2006

Gore Vidal  Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir
Aired December 7, 2006: extended web edit  

Michael York  Are My Blinkers Showing: Adventures in Film Making in the New Russia.
Part One aired January 5, 2006
Part Two aired January 19, 2006