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Jeff Hudson's interest in theater developed during his youth and really took off while he was attending UC Santa Barbara in the '70s. There he met playwright Tom Stoppard, Oregon Shakespeare Festival founder Angus Bowmer, and several actors who were then members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, including Patrick Stewart, Ben Kingsley and Ian Richardson. After graduation, Jeff spent several months in England, attending as many plays and concerts as possible.
During the '80s and early '90s, Jeff worked as a journalist in the Monterey Bay Area, covering the Shakespeare Santa Cruz festival, El Teatro Campesino, the Cabrillo Music Festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, and the Carmel Music Society. He interviewed a long list of luminaries including Lou Harrison, John Adams, Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, Bruno Weil, Sanford Sylvan, Frederica von Stade, and Richard Stoltzman.
Jeff got his start in radio hosting a classical/20th Century music show at NPR affiliate KUSP in Santa Cruz. In 1989, he had "front row seats" for the Loma Prieta Earthquake, riding out the temblor amidst heavy damage in downtown Watsonville. A few days later, he and his wife (then five months pregnant) received the surprising news that they would soon become the parents of twins.
During 1994, the Hudsons went to Japan for a year on a sister city exchange program, living in lettuce-growing village of Kawakami, high in the snowy mountains of Nagano Prefecture. After returning to California, the family settled in the Sacramento area, where Jeff became an arts correspondent with Capital Public Radio in 1995. A prolific free-lance writer, Jeff has also written articles for the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury, Sacramento Bee, Sacramento News & Review, Sierra Magazine, Comstock's Business Magazine, and many others.
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February 14, 2020
“Alabaster,” a new play by Sacramento’s Capital Stage, features talking animals on an obscure farm in Alabama. CapRadio Theatre Critic Jeff Hudson says it’s an absorbing trip into the lives of characters who are well worth meeting.
December 13, 2019
Sacramento’s Capital Stage is presenting another holiday season play recalling British writer Jane Austen. Critic Jeff Hudson says this nimble production will particularly appeal to fans of PBS serials like “Downton Abbey” and “Upstairs, Downstairs.”
September 19, 2019
The Capital Stage production of "Between Riverside and Crazy," about a retired black cop and the diverse assortment of locals who visit his apartment, continues through Sept. 29 in Sacramento.
August 2, 2019
The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival provides a funny, fiesty performance of "The Taming of the Shrew," with director Sara Bruner at the helm.
July 23, 2019
Think of “Million Dollar Quartet” as a nostalgic two-hour party in the great outdoors, studded with classic tunes by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.
July 12, 2019
The Davis Shakespeare Festival’s production of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” runs through Aug. 3 at the Veterans Memorial Theatre in Davis.
July 10, 2019
The Broadway at Music Circus production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” continues through Sunday, July 14 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion.
July 5, 2019
The Davis Shakespeare Festival impresses with its staging of “The Tenth Muse,” a new drama featuring an all-female cast set in colonial Mexico.
July 3, 2019
In this summer’s production of “Leading Ladies” by the Main Street Theatre Works, two down-on-their-luck actors turn to impersonating heiresses to solve their woes.
Capital Stage’s staging of “The Roommate,” a play about two single women in their 50s who strike up an unlikely alliance, skillfully focuses on the play’s darker themes.