An encore presentation of "Theater Talk" — the acclaimed PBS talk show that offers interviews with top theatre celebrities and writers — will feature an interview with noted caricaturist Al Hirschfeld.
Hirschfeld, the legendary artist who has been documenting theatrical openings for decades, will be interviewed by artist Art Spiegelman on the Sept. 13 repeat broadcast of "Theater Talk." The program features a visit to Hirschfeld's New York studio by Spiegelman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist. The two artists discuss their differing styles, and Hirschfeld also reminisces about his time spent in 1920's Paris as well as his eight decades covering the theatre.
Best known for his theatrical caricatures for The New York Times, Hirschfeld's drawings have also appeared in The New Yorker, TV Guide, Town & Country, Playboy, Mirabella, People Magazine, New Masses, Reader's Digest, Collier's, Life, Time, Look, The Washingtonian, The Los Angeles Times, Business Week, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and dozens of other publications. When his daughter Nina was born, he began embedding her name in his works; the small number next to his signature reveals how many Ninas can be found in each particular drawing. A 1996 documentary about his work, "The Line King," was nominated for an Academy Award, and his newest tome, "Hirschfeld On Line," was published in 1999.
Hosted by New York Post theatre columnist Michael Riedel and producer Susan Haskins, "Theatre Talk" airs late Friday night at midnight on WNET/Thirteen. (This program will also be broadcast on Sept. 15 on WGBH/Boston and Oct. 5 on WETA/Washington, D.C.)
—By Andrew Gans