ROBERT KELLEY is a Bay Area native and Stanford University graduate. He founded Theatreworks in 1970 and has been its artistic director ever since. He has directed over 150 TheatreWorks productions, including many world or regional premieres. In 2003 he received the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Paine Knickerbocker Award for lifetime achievement. He has garnered BATCC Awards for Outstanding Direction for his productions of Into the Woods, Pacific Overtures, Rags, Sweeney Todd, Another Midsummer Night, Sunday in the Park with George, Jane Eyre, and Caroline, or Change; Bay Area Drama-Logue Awards for his direction of Ah, Wilderness! and Once in a Lifetime; Dean Goodman Choice Awards for Violet, Ragtime, Proof, Dolly West’s Kitchen, and Harold & Maude; and Back Stage West Garland Awards for his direction of Side Show and Sunday in the Park with George. He recently directed The Light in the Piazza; To Kill a Mockingbird; and A Civil War Christmas.

TheatreWorks is Silicon Valley’s leading professional nonprofit theatre company. TheatreWorks presents a year-round season of musicals, comedies, and dramas in the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts and at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto. Dedicated to the discovery and development of new voices in the American theatre, TheatreWorks regularly stages new works, many developed in the company’s own New Works Initiative; regional and West Coast premieres of important modern and contemporary works from Broadway, off-Broadway, and beyond; and distinctive re-imaginings of the classics.

Part One: A Christmas Memory

Robert Kelley discusses the creation and molding
of the original musical, Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory
playing at Theatreworks in Silicon Valley in December 2010
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Part Two: Theatreworks & theatre today

Robert Kelley discusses Theatreworks and
its productions, and delves into issues
involving theatre and the theatrical community.
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Program as aired on KPFA
heard on Cover to Cover/Open Book,
KPFA-FM, Pacifica Radio
Berkeley California
Friday, December 10, 2010, 3 pm

About the interviewer:

RICHARD WOLINSKY hosts Bookwaves on Cover to Cover heard every Thursday at 3:00 pm on KPFA-FM in Berkeley. He also hosts occasional theatre interviews on Open Book on Fridays at 3 pm.

Robert Kelley
Photo: Terry Gannon