"Theater Talk" Welcomes Homecoming's McShane and Esparza Jan. 18

News   "Theater Talk" Welcomes Homecoming's McShane and Esparza Jan. 18
 
The current Broadway revival of The Homecoming will be the subject of the Jan. 18 broadcast of "Theater Talk," the PBS chat show that offers interviews with top theatre practitioners.

Ian McShane and Raul Esparza, who co-star in the revival of the Harold Pinter play at the Cort Theatre, will be on hand to discuss their work in the production.

Directed by Daniel Sullivan, the cast of The Homecoming comprises McShane, Esparza, Eve Best, Michael McKean, James Frain and Gareth Saxe.

Set in North London, The Homecoming, according to press notes, "concerns the ultimate dysfunctional family, presided over by its patriarch Max (McShane). Living under his dilapidated roof are his younger brother Sam (McKean), and two of his sons: Lenny (Esparza), the town pimp, and Joey (Saxe), a boxer-in-training. Tensions begin to flair with the arrival of Max's eldest son Teddy (Frain), who returns home after six years with his new wife Ruth (Best). Seduction, betrayal, and divisiveness ensue, as the family welcomes the homecoming of its estranged brother and vies for the attention of his dangerously alluring wife."

Raul Esparza has starred on Broadway in Company, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Taboo, Cabaret and The Rocky Horror Show. He won Drama Desk Awards for his performances in Taboo and Company and received Tony nominations for his work in those shows as well. Off-Broadway Esparza was seen in tick, tick . . . BOOM! and the revival of The Normal Heart. He also starred in two of the Stephen Sondheim musicals that comprised the Sondheim Celebration at the Kennedy Center, Sunday in the Park with George and Merrily We Roll Along.

British actor Ian McShane made his Broadway debut in 1967 in The Promise, which remains his one Broadway credit. He worked on the London stage in the sixties in such productions as Joe Orton's Loot and, more recently, in the original cast of the musical The Witches of Eastwick. His numerous screen credits include "Deadwood," "Villain," "Sexy Beast" and "Lovejoy." Hosted by New York Post theatre columnist Michael Riedel and producer Susan Haskins, this edition of "Theater Talk" will air in the metropolitan New York City area on WNET/Thirteen at 1 AM.

For more information, visit www.theatertalk.org.

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