Acting Company's STILL ON THE ROAD Documentary to Air on PBS 2/3
Still on the Road-a documentary following twelve actors as they tour across America during The Acting Company's 37th season (2008-09)-premieres on greater New York PBS stations beginning Sunday, February 3 on Channel 13 at 1pm. Additional presentations are scheduled for Sunday, February 10 at 11pm on Long Island's WLIW and on Thursday, March 7 at 9 pm on New Jersey's NJTV. As independent filmmaker Sara Wolkowitz tags along, the actors spend seven months on a bus bringing theater to communities across the country that have little or no access to live performance. They experience the challenges of touring, develop the ability to adjust to all types of theaters and diverse audiences, teach students new ways to look at Shakespeare and cap the tour with praise from Charles Isherwood of The New York Times. Through conversations with Acting Company alums Kevin Kline, Rainn Wilson and Harriet Harris we learn that, with the exception of video games and Wi-Fi on the bus, not much has changed - and that is just as it should be. The documentary was coproduced by F. Richards Ford, III and Group One Productions.
The Acting Company was founded forty years ago by John Houseman, Margot Harley, Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, David Schramm, David Ogden Stiers and a dozen other young actors who Houseman put on a bus across country to bring a touring repertory of classic plays to colleges and communities with no little or no access to live theater. Since 1972, those tours have reached 48 states, 10 foreign countries and three and a half million people while building diverse audiences and developing 350 actors-including Rainn Wilson, Jeffrey Wright, Hamish Linklater, Harriet Harris, Frances Conroy, Keith David and Jesse L. Martin in addition to Kline, LuPone, Schramm and Stiers. The Company's 40th Season productions include Shakespeare's As You Like It, at The New Victory Theater, March 1-10. Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, the second play in this year's repertory played off-Broadway in December.
Sara Wolkowitz has been recognized for her short films, which have appeared in such festivals as the South by Southwest Interactive Festival, the Los Angeles Women's Film Festival and the Hawaii International Film Festival. She has directed several off-Broadway plays and is currently developing a television series with Jessica Fox and Diana Phillips.