The initial broadcast is scheduled for Feb. 3 on WNET/Channel 13 at 1 PM ET. Additional presentations are scheduled for Feb. 10 at 11 PM on Long Island’s WLIW and March 7 at 9 PM on New Jersey’s NJTV.
As independent filmmaker Sara Wolkowitz tags along, press notes state, "the actors spend seven months on a bus bringing theater to communities across the country that have little or no access to live performance. They experience the challenges of touring, develop the ability to adjust to all types of theaters and diverse audiences, teach students new ways to look at Shakespeare and cap the tour with praise from Charles Isherwood of The New York Times."
The Acting Company was founded 40 years ago by John Houseman, Margot Harley, Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, David Schramm, David Ogden Stiers and a dozen other young actors who Houseman put on a bus across country to bring a touring repertory of classic plays to colleges and communities with no little or no access to live theater. Since 1972, those tours have reached 48 states, 10 foreign countries and three and a half million people while building diverse audiences and developing 350 actors.
The Company’s 40th season productions include Shakespeare’s As You Like It, at The New Victory Theater, March 1-10.