BAY AREA THEATRE and FILM/VIDEO interviews
American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.)
Madhuri Shekar, playwright, In Love and Warcraft, streaming live Sept. 4-5, 11-12, on demand Sept. 18-25, 2020. Aired Sept. 3, 2020. Podcast
Eric Ting, director, Gloria, at ACT Geary, through March 10, 2020.
Will Eno, playwright, Wakey Wakey, at ACT Geary through February 16, 2020
Kate Attwell, playwright, Test Match, at ACT Strand through December 8, 2019
Tamilla Woodard, director, Top Girls at ACT Geary through October, 13, 2019
Frank Galati, director, Rhinoceros at ACT Geary through June 23, 2019.
The Kilbanes, creator/performers, Weightless, at ACT Strand through May 12, 2019
Mfoniso Udofia, playwright, Her Portmanteau, at ACT Strand through March 31, 2019
Sheryl Kaller & Pamela Gray, director and playwright of A Walk on the Moon at ACT Geary Theatre, June 9-July 1, 2018
Liz Diamond, director, Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 and 3 by Suzan-Lori Parks, at ACT Geary Theatre through May 20, 2018.
Judith Ivey, actress, The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter, directed by Carey Perloff, at ACT Geary Theatre through February 4, 2018.
Peter Brook, co-director of Battlefield, playing at A.C.T. Geary through May 21, 2017
Bill Irwin, actor, On Beckett, playing at A.C.T. Strand through Jan. 22, 2017
The Unfortunates, playing at A.C.T. Strand through April 10, 2016
Colm Toibin, playwright, Testament, playing at A.C.T. through Nov. 23, 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
Aired January 27, 2012
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
Bay Area Musicals
Richard Wolinsky talks with Matthew McCoy, co-director of Bay Area Musicals, a new theater company based in San Francisco.
Sarah Ruhl, playwright, Becky Nurse of Salem, through Jan. 26, 2020
Annette O'Toole, lead actor, The Good Book at Berkeley Rep through June 15, 2019.
Larry Kirwan, creator of the musical Paradise Square, at Berkeley Rep through
Johanna Pfaelzer,Artistic Director of Berkeley Rep, starting in the 2019-2020 season.
Lisa Peterson, Associate Director of Berkeley Rep, and director of Watch On The Rhine at Berkeley Rep through January12, 2018. Interview with Lisa Peterson Emma Rice, co-adaptor & director, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, at Berkeley Rep through January 15, 2017. Interview with Emma Rice.
Ayad Akhtar, playwright, Disgraced, at Berkeley Rep thru December 27, 2015
Craig Lucas, librettist, Amelie, a New Musical, at Berkeley Rep thru October 4, 2015
Anna Deavere Smith, playwright, Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, at Berkeley Rep through August 2, 2015 Program as aired on KPFA
Tarell Alvin McCraney, playwright, Head of Passes, at Berkeley Rep, spring 2015
Kathleen Turner, star of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins at Berkeley Rep.through January 4, 2015..
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.
Brian Copeland, playwright and star of Not a Genuine Black Man, playing at Berkeley Rep through May 31, 2014
Mona Golabek, playwright and star of The PIanist of Willesden Lane, playing at Berkeley Rep through January 5, 2014
Hershey Felder, playwright and star of George Gershwin Alone, playing at Berkeley Rep through July 7, 2013.
Lawrence Wright, playwright of Fallaci, playing at Berkeley Rep through April 21, 2013
Mary Zimmerman, director and playwright of The White Snake, playing at Berkeley Rep through December 30, 2012.
Eve Ensler, playwright of Emotional Creature, at Berkeley Rep through July 15, 2012
Aired June 21, 2012
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
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.
Boxcar Theatre Company
Director of Boxcar Theatre, with four Sam Shepard plays in repertory.
Aired March 9, 2012
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes)
Octavio Solis, playwright, Quixote Nuevo at Cal Shakes June 13-July 1, 2018
Eric Ting, Artistic Director of Cal Shakes.
Interview aired May 30, 2016
Cirque du Soleil
Dancer Joey Arrigo, acrobat Bradley Henderson and publicist Steven Ross from Cirque du Soleil "Volta." Interview aired November 18, 2018
John Skelley, Yanna McIntosh, David Abeles, actors, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Complete Discussion (program aired December 30, 2019)
Justin Martin and Ammar Haj Ahmad, co-director and actor, The Jungle, at the Curran through May 18, 2019.
Taylor Mac, writer, performer, and co-director, and Niegel Smith, co-director, Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce at the Curran in San Francisco through December 1, 2018.
David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori, playwright and composer of Soft Power, at the Curran Theatre June 20-July 8, 2018.
Taylor Mac playwright/performer, A 24 Decade History of Popular Music
Simon McBurney, performer/director, The Encounter. Interview aired May 1, 2017
Liesl Tommy, director and Ayesha Jordan, actor, Eclipsed. Interview aired
March 13, 2017.
Alison Bechdel, author of the graphic novel; Jeanine Tesori, composer,
Fun Home. Interview aired January 30, 2017
Head Over Heels, April 10 - May 6, 2018:
Custom Made Theatre Company
Richard Wolinsky talks with Brian Katz, Artistic Director of Custom Made.
Interview aired January 11, 2016
42nd Street Moon
Richard Wolinsky talks with Ryan Weible, director of Stephen Sondheim's first musical, Saturday Night, at the Gateway Theatre through April 15, 2018.
Richard Wolinsky talks with Evren Odcikin, director, Autobiography of a Terrorist,
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.
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.
Magic Theatre Company
John Kolvenbach, playwright, Reel to Reel, at the Magic through Feb. 25. 2018.. Han Ong, playwright, Grandeur at the Magic through June 25, 2016 Mfoniso Udofia, playwright, In Old Age at the Magic through April 21, 2019.
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
Rachel Bonds, playwright, Swimmers, at Marin Theatre Company through March 27, 2016, aired March 14, 2016.
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.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Aired December 3, 2020.
San Francisco Fringe Festival
Christina Augello, Artistic Director, San Francisco Fringe Festival, Sept. 8-23, 2017 of the three venues in the Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St. in San Francisco. Also Artistic Director, Exit Theatre
San Francisco Playhouse
Susi Damilano, director, Stage Kiss, at SF Playhouse thru Jan. 9. 2016
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 Symphony
SHN (Shorenstein Hays Nederlander) Broadway SF
James Lapine, director; William Finn, composer/lyricist, Falsettos. Podcast Spencer Liff, choreographer; Jordan Roth, producer, Falsettos. Podcast Sting, performer, The Last Ship. Aired March 2, 2019. Podcast.
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.
The Marsh, Berkeley
Don Reed, playwright/performer, That Don Reed Show. Aired March 11, 2019
Dan Hoyle, playwright/performer, The Real Americans. Aired February 20, 2017.
Charlie Varon, playwright/performer Feisty Old Jew Aired February 23, 2015
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; 2017 interview aired June 26, 2017; 2018 Interview aired November 5, 2018. 2020 interview aired Novembe 26, 2020.
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 October 28, 2019.
Jeanne Sakata, playwright Hold These Truths, July 11-Aug 5, 2018, Lucie Stern
Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman, creators, Mark Twain’s River of Song at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, through October 27, 2019, 35-minute podcast Suzanne Bradbeer, playwright, Shakespeare in Vegas, streaming on the TheatreWorks website July 23-27, 2020. Complete 32-minute podcast.
Aired July 23, 2020.
Aired September17, 2020.
Ubuntu Theater Project
Richard Wolinsky talks with Michael Socrates Moran and Colin Blattel of Ubuntu Theater Project in Oakland
Aired February 1, 2016
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
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
Other Theatre, Film & Live Performance Interviews
Terry Baum playwright and performer of Hick: A Love Story
Isaac Butler & Dan Kois, authors of The World Only Spins Forward:
The Ascent of Angels in America.
Aired May 31, 2018
Aired November 24, 2005
Aired November 24, 2005: extended 33-minute web edit
Aired October 22, 2020. Complete 36-minute podcast.
Aired January 19, 2015.
Aired November 14, 2002: extended 48-minute edit
Aired September 23, 2004
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
Part One Aired August 18, 2005.
Part Two Aired August 25, 2005
Part One Aired Sepember 18, 2008 (fund drive program)
Part Two Aired September 25, 2008 (fund drive program)
Aired April 20, 2006: Extended 35-minute edit
Recorded April 7, 2000. Co-host: Richard A. Lupoff.
Aired December 4, 2008: Extended 35-minute web edit
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 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
Archive 1991 interview hosted by Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff.
Aired July 12, 2013. Recorded February 1992. 42 minute extended edit
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
Aired September 22, 2005: Extended 32-minute edit
Len Cariou actor, Broadway and the Bard, Sweeney Todd, Blue Bloods
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 September 10, 1998
Nicky Silver Past Perfect (playwright), performed at Theatre Rhino.
with director John Dixon. Aired Friday, April 27, 2007
Finishing The Hat: Aired November 11, 2010; Part Two: Dec 2, 2010 .
Look! I Made a Hat: Aired December 22, 2011
The Square: Jehane Noujaim, director; and Karim Amer, producer
Film and Television Interviews
Steven Bach Leni: The Life and Times of Leni Riefenstahl
Aired May 31, 2007: extended 42-minute edit
Aired March 11, 2004: extended 36-minute edit
Aired August 28, 2003
Recorded October 13, 1999. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky & Richard A. Lupoff.
Part One: Aired May 5, 2005
Part Two: Aired May 12, 2005.
Complete interview: 45 minutes.
Phone interview recorded January 13, 2006, unaired.
Aired March 3, 2005
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
Aired October 30, 2003
Garry Marshall My Happy Days in Hollywood, film/television producer/director
Andrew McCarthy Just Fly Away, film and television actor/director, travel writer
Aired December 5, 2002
Susan Oxtoby Curator, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archives
George Stevens Jr. Conversations with the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age at the American Film Institute
Aired June 1, 2006
2005 Interview (complete 44-minute program) The Whole Equation, The New Biographical Dictionary of Film
Part One Aired February 17, 2005
Part Two Aired February 24, 2005
Aired November 23, 2006
Aired December 7, 2006: extended web edit
Michael York Are My Blinkers Showing: Adventures in Film Making in the New Russia.