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New and recent interviews focused primarily on local Bay Area theatre venues, with playwrights, actors, directors and artistic directors, hosted by KPFA theatre critic Richard Wolinsky. Podcasts also feature theatre reviews by Richard Wolinsky along with interviews conducted by KPFA associate theatre critic C.S. Soong. Dates of theatre reviews can be found at http://bookwaves.homestead.com/Theatre_Reviews.html
 
Tech reporter Jose Fermoso brings the largest Latinx community of tech professionals to audio life through in-depth stories and interviews featuring topics affecting all Latinx people including immigration policies, the coronavirus pandemic, and the latest in business challenges.
 
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Jan Hunter, director of "Intimate Apparel" by Lynn Nottage, produced by the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre [1] at the Magic Theatre in Fort Mason, April 1 - 16, 2022, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky. "Intimate Apparel" tells the story of a young black seamstress and her struggles in 1905 New York, her relationships and the way she deals with adve…
 
Bill English, Artistic Director of San Francisco Playhouse [1], in conversation with Richard Wolinsky, recorded via zencastr February 9, 2022. Bill English is the director of SF Playhouse's latest production, Heroes of the Fourth Turning by Will Arbery, playing through March 5, 2022, as well as the company's Artistic Director. In this interview he …
 
In this episode of the El Progreso podcast, we discuss the latest news from the US-Mexico border. With undocumented people applying for asylum and crossing the border at record rates, we talk to immigration experts about what the Biden administration has done to move away from the Trump policies and how it has also upheld some of the same harmful l…
 
In the second part of the latest episode of the El Progreso podcast (formerly Techqueria), reporter Jose Fermoso continues to speak to Latinx people in tech about how they've handled the last year of the pandemic. Featuring the following guests: Alexia Núñez, a trans Grubhub software engineer who worried about her parents and her own mental and phy…
 
In this week's episode of the newly renamed El Progreso podcast (formerly Techqueria), reporter Jose Fermoso speaks to a series of Latinx people in the tech industry about how the last full year of dealing with the pandemic under quarantine has affected their and their loved one's lives. In part 1, Jose speaks to two young mothers who've had to rea…
 
Directed by Les WatersRead by Charles Shaw RobinsonFrom a perch beyond this life, an actor observes as a group of masked people finally return to the courtyard of Berkeley Rep — to the theatre, the place we made to gather, breathe together, and share the stories that remind us of our humanity.By Berkeley Rep
 
In this episode of the Techqueria podcast, Jose Fermoso talks to lawyers and academics about the United States Census, one of the most important civic events in the country. As we prepare to learn about the full results of the 2020 Census, we find out how and why the actions of the Trump administration likely severely and negatively affected the ac…
 
Sometimes music becomes indelibly linked to specific memories, invoking the people with whom we shared them. Songs by Isaac Hayes, Peter Tosh, Stevie Wonder, the Doors, the Knight Brothers, and Patti LaBelle conjure a deep friendship, one that began on a hot night in 1986 outside Leopold's Records.By Berkeley Rep
 
In this week's episode of the Techqueria podcast, our host Jose Fermoso speaks to Matthew Zayas, a young father who has spent a lot of his adult life reconciling with the racism he experienced as an Afro Latino child in New York's Staten Island. From fights in the back of the school bus in his teens to his work in psychology with new businesses, Ma…
 
In this mega-episode of the Techqueria podcast, our host Jose Fermoso speaks to experts on the Latinx vote, tech workers volunteering for political campaigns, a reporter digging deep into the gig industry and how it might affect the future of jobs, as well as the Latina U.S. representative who followed her friend Beto O’Rourke into Congress. The or…
 
In the second episode of the Techqueria podcast, Jose Fermoso speaks to two software engineers still new to the profession. First, Jose speaks to Gabriel Lujan, a Bay Area native who worked on the electronic media side of tech as an A/V pro until his interest in programming led him to the San Francisco bootcamp App Academy to boost his skills. Then…
 
In Part II of the first episode of Techqueria, reporter Jose Fermoso continues his conversations with Latinx people dealing with the pandemic. Dr. Nyah Zarate, a green power tech standout with multiple U.S. Department of Defense awards, explains how her workers are staying positive, how getting into the Purdue Ph.D. program changed her life, and wh…
 
In the first episode of Techqueria, reporter Jose Fermoso speaks to three people who find themselves in widely different circumstances as they face the coronavirus pandemic. In part 1, Jose speaks to Dr. Luis Rubio, a graduate of the top medical school in the United States, The University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Rubio finds himself in t…
 
The Techqueria podcast is coming soon! In this trailer, tech and culture reporter Jose Fermoso introduces the types of stories featured on the show. Look for conversations and news context on socioeconomic displacement, immigration policies and multigenerational tech and business startups, as well as the latest on the effect of the coronavirus pand…
 
This is the last Repisode in the 19/20 season! This is Part Two of our special two-part Core series on SCHOOL GIRLS. In this series, Berkeley Rep directing fellow Nailah Harper-Malveaux, who also worked as the assistant director on the show, speaks with two local artists about recent exhibits that connect to the work onstage. In this conversation, …
 
In a grand finale to our prematurely closed play, we are launching a special two-part CORE series around SCHOOL GIRSLS: OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. In this series, Berkeley Rep directing fellow Nailah Harper-Malveaux, who also worked as the assistant director on the show, will speak with two local artists about recent exhibits that connect to …
 
For the Audio Program portion of Repisodes, we read out loud from the dramaturgy material from the show’s program in an effort to make the information around our shows accessible to all audiences, in multiple formats. It's like we are reading you a short series of stories.For the SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY Program, we hear Charli…
 
As many of you know, we very sadly had to close our show CULTURE CLASH (STILL) IN AMERICA early. But we still had two conversations with our cultural partners outstanding and ready to roll...so the art continues!This Core episode, where we connect the play to the real world, is entirely in English (the last one was in Spanish). We talk with Anna Fl…
 
Yes, performances for Jocelyn Bioh's SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY were cancelled. Which makes us incredibly sad. but if you are a Berkeley Rep subscriber or already bought an e-ticket, you received a link to a video of the one and only performance the play had on our stages. Here, we feature an interview writer Jocelyn Bioh did wit…
 
As many of you know, the theaters are all closed. We very sadly had to close our show CULTURE CLASH (STILL) IN AMERICA early. But we still had two conversations with our cultural partners outstanding and ready to roll...so the art continues!This Core episode, where we connect the play to the real world, is entirely in Spanish. Sí, el Repisode está …
 
For this edition of The Core for WHITE NOISE we highlighted selections from our Wednesday Night Speaker Series, in which we interviewed some of the Bay Area's leading thinkers on what they saw in the play. How does Brandi Wilkens Catanese, a professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at UC Berkeley, look at playwright Suzan-Lori …
 
In this Repisode we talk with Suzan-Lori Parks, the playwright of WHITE NOISE, about play’s four contrasting perspectives, and how it anchors difficult topics in love and laughter.Suzan-Lori Parks was named one of time magazine’s “100 Innovators for the Next New Wave,” and is the first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama f…
 
For the Audio Program portion of Repisodes, we read out loud from the dramaturgy material from the show’s program in an effort to make the information around our shows accessible to all audiences, in multiple formats. For the WHITE NOISE Program, we will read two essays, one about Suzan-Lori Parks' writing style and one about the contemporary lands…
 
Yes, the events of THE GREAT WAVE really happened. In this Repisode, lead actress Jo Mei (who plays Hanako) talks with Robert S. Boynton, who wrote the authoritative book about the North Korean abductions of Japanese citizens, The Invitation-Only Zone. THE GREAT WAVE runs September 12–October 27 and tickets are available at berkeleyrep.org.You’re l…
 
In this Repisode we talk with Mark Wing-Davey, the director of THE GREAT WAVE. We sat down with him in our in-house studio during a break from rehearsals, right before we went into tech, so you'll be catching him mid-process in this conversation. THE GREAT WAVE runs September 12–October 27 and tickets are available at berkeleyrep.org.Mark Wing-Dave…
 
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