Nixon, LaChanze, Rubin-Vega and More to Be Featured in "Women in Theatre" TV Season

News   Nixon, LaChanze, Rubin-Vega and More to Be Featured in "Women in Theatre" TV Season CUNY-TV's "Women in Theatre" season, hosted by Newsday theatre critic Linda Winer, will kick off April 6 with an interview with Tony Award-winning actress Cynthia Nixon.

The fifth season of "Women in Theatre" — presented by The League of Professional Theatre Women — will boast a total of 13 interviews. Each interview will be offered several times on CUNY-TV Channel 75: Fridays at 10 AM, 3 PM and 8:30 PM and Sundays at noon. The complete line-up for this year's "Women in Theatre" season follows:
Cynthia Nixon (April 6 and 8)
Jo Bonney (April 13 and 15)
Carole Rothman (April 20 and 22)
Anne Cattaneo (April 27 and 29)
Daphne Rubin-Vega (May 4 and 6)
Blanka Zizka (May 11 and 13)
Nancy Ford and Gretchen Cryer (May 18 and 20)
Floria Lasky (May 25 and 27)
Elizabeth Swados (June 1 and 3)
Natasha Katz (June 8 and 10)
Martha Clarke (June 15 and 17)
Margo Lion (June 22 and 24)
LaChanze (June 29 and July 1).

In a statement, host Winer said, "The fifth season of the acclaimed half-hour series includes revealing conversations with famous women you may only think you know and unsung women whose theatrical contributions are more celebrated than their names. Cynthia Nixon shares her homegrown career in New York theatre before, and after, the fireworks of "Sex and the City." Daphne Rubin-Vega talks about the thrill of creating the first Mimi in Rent and LaChanze, the development of her Tony Award performance in The Color Purple. Anne Cattaneo explains the fascinating life of a leading dramaturg, especially helping to shape Tom Stoppard's massive The Coast of Utopia at Lincoln Center Theater. Floria Lasky, legendary entertainment lawyer, talks about her lifelong work with such giants as Jerome Robbins and Elia Kazan. From behind the curtain come Jo Bonney, the go-to director for the edgiest macho plays; Carole Rothman, founder and artistic director of the thriving nonprofit Second Stage; Margo Lion, commercial producer of Hairspray; and Natasha Katz, lighting designer of both Disney and Stoppard spectaculars. We hear from women as different as Blanka Zizka, the bracingly literary director of Philadelphia's Wilma Theater, and still-radical '60s composer Elizabeth Swados, and Nancy Ford and Gretchen Cryer, feminist pioneer creators of I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road."

"Women in Theatre" is produced by Betty Corwin, Ruth Mayleas and Harriet Slaughter. CUNY-TV airs on Channel 75; visit www.cuny.tv for more information.