Jeremy Gerard Set for THEATER TALK this Week
This week's guest on THEATER TALK is journalist Jeremy Gerard, author of the new book, Wynn Place Show, subtitled A Biased HISTORY of the Rollicking Life & Extreme Times of Wynn Handman and the American Place Theatre (Smith and Kraus Publishers). Gerard tells co-hosts Michael Riedel of the New York Post and Susan Haskins about the remarkable place in theater HISTORY occupied by Handman, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of The American Place Theatre and, at age 91, still one of New York's most sought-after acting teachers.
This latest edition of THEATER TALK premieres in the New York metropolitan area on Friday, January 17 (2014) at 1 AM (early Saturday morning) on Thirteen/PBS, with repeats on CUNY TV* on Saturday 1/18 at 8:30 PM, Sunday 1/19 at 12:30 PM, and Monday 1/20 at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 7:30 PM.
Gerard provides an overview of the American Place's distinguished history. Handman co-founded the theatre in 1963 with Sidney Lanier and Michael Tolan. During its glory days, it operated from a performance space designed to Handman's specs on West 46th Street near Times Square (now occupied by Roundabout's Laura Pels Theatre). Handman launched playwrights like Ed Bullins, Maria Irene Fornes, Jonathan Reynolds, Ronald Ribman, Sam Shepard and Steve Tesich, among others, and nurtured talents like Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Anna Deveare Smith, Eric Bogosian, John Leguizamo, Aasif Mandvi and Dael Orlandersmith.