As part of its "Stage on Screen" series, PBS stations around the country will begin airing the filmed version of this season's stage production of The Women on June 18. The next presentation in the acclaimed series will be "Beckett on Film," which is scheduled to premiere this fall.
Celebrating the life of the late Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, "Beckett on Film" will feature adaptations of seven of his short plays as well as his full length work, Waiting for Godot. Jeremy Irons will host the two-evening event, which will include appearances from David Mamet, Harold Pinter, Damien Hirst, Kristin Scott Thomas, Alan Rickman and the late John Gielgud.
The films being aired are culled from the Beckett on Film project, a collection of the Nobel Prize-winning author's works produced by Michael Colgan, who is the director of Dublin's Gate Theatre, and film producer Alan Moloney. As of press time, "Beckett on Film" is scheduled to air on Sept. 15, 2002, with Waiting for Godot premiering on Jan. 1, 2003.
Previous "Stage on Screen" broadcasts include Nathan Lane in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles, an original made-for-TV version of A.R. Gurney's Far East and Tantalus: Behind the Mask, a documentary about the mounting of that epic production.
—By Andrew Gans