Cast of HERE LIES LOVE Set for THEATER TALK this Weekend
The newest THEATER TALK celebrates Here Lies Love, the audience-immersive "poperetta" at The Public, with composer/lyricist David Byrne, and the show's two stars, Jose Llana and Ruthie Ann Miles, who portray real-life Philippine political figures Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos.
Additionally, THEATER TALK pays tribute to favorite guests who died this season - actress Ruby Dee, journalist and biographer Arthur Gelb, and critic/friend-of-the-show Jacques le Sourd. In a segment called "Requiem 2014," these eminent figures are remembered in highlights of their appearances on the series.
Hosted by Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins, the new THEATER TALK episode premieres in the New York metropolitan area Friday, June 27 (2014) at 1 AM (Saturday morning) on Thirteen/PBS, and continues on CUNY TV* Saturday 6/28 at 8:30 PM, Sunday 6/29 at 12:30 PM, and Monday 6/30 at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 7:30 PM.
Here Lies Love is a sung-through piece about the life of Imelda Marcos that places the audience, standing and moving throughout the performance, in the center of the action. Directed by Alex Timbers, the show won raves (plus Drama Desk, Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards) last summer at The Public, and now has reopened there for an extended commercial run. Byrne, credited with the show's concept, shares how he came to write it, his work with Fatboy Slim (co-composer), and his thoughts about Imelda Marcos, still alive, a woman from an impoverished background who partied in New York while her husband's repressive regime controlled the Philippines. Llana and Miles provide insights into their characters and their thoughts about portraying these controversial figures.
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.