'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' Leads, Director and Woodie King Jr. Set for THEATER TALK, Beg. Today
The newest THEATER TALK features first, three artists closely involved with the success of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder - actors Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham and director Darko Tresnjak - followed by Woodie King, Jr. Founder, Artistic Director and guiding spirit of off-Broadway's New Federal Theatre, now celebrating 44 years as a home to minority and women writers, directors and actors.
Hosted by Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins, the new THEATER TALK episode premieres in the New York metropolitan area today, April 4 (2014) at 1 AM (Saturday morning) on Thirteen/PBS, and continues on CUNY TV* Saturday 4/5 at 8:30 PM, Sunday 4/6 at 12:30 PM, and Monday 4/7 at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 7:30 PM.
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is based on source material that inspired the classic Alec Guinness film comedy, Kind Hearts and Coronets, in which a man murders the 8 relatives standing between him and his family fortune. Jefferson Mays, Tony Award winner for I Am My Own Wife, plays all of the wacky family members in a tour de force of characterization and furious costume changes. Bryce Pinkham is the handsome and charming leading man (earlier featured in Ghost the Musical and The Orphans' Home Cycle at Signature). They are joined by director Darko Tresnjak, making his Broadway debut, after serving as Artistic Director of the Old Globe Shakespeare Festival in San Diego. The three share stories of the musical's 10-year road to triumph on Broadway.
Also on THEATER TALK is Woodie King, Jr., who recalls the heady days of starting a theatre in New York City in 1970. The Mobile, Alabama native arrived in the city in 1964, having been fired as an auto engineer in Detroit because of his theatrical aspirations. In the interview, he tells Riedel and Haskins, "The theater and my life are so inextricably bound." At the The New Federal, he nurtured such talents as August Wilson, Ntozake Shange, Denzel Washington and Samuel Jackson and is currently presenting a new play by Ed Bullins, The Fabulous Miss Marie.
THEATER TALK is jointly produced by the not-for-profits Theater Talk Productions and CUNY TV. The program is taped in the Himan Brown TV and Radio Studios at The City University of New York (CUNY) TV in Manhattan, and is distributed to 100+ participating public television stations nationwide. THEATER TALK is made possible in part by The New York State Council on the Arts, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The TDF/TAP Plus Program, The CUNY TV Foundation and The Friends of THEATER TALK. *CUNY TV, the City University of New York television station, is broadcast in the New York metropolitan area on digital Ch. 25.3, and cablecast in the five boroughs of New York City on Ch. 75 (Time Warner and Cablevision/Optimum), Ch. 77 (RCN), and Ch. 30 (Verizon FiOS). The show is available online anytime at www.cuny.tv and www.theatertalk.org and via iTunes podcasts. CUNY TV is also live-streamed for mobile, tablet and desktop viewing on www.Aereo.com.