A special edition of "Theater Talk," the acclaimed PBS talk show that offers interviews with top theatre celebrities and writers, will be broadcast Oct. 5 on WNET/Thirteen at 10:30 PM.
Guests for the program include Mary Zimmerman, author and director of Broadway's Metamorphoses, and composer Philip Glass. Zimmerman and Glass will discuss Galileo Galilei, their new opera that recently opened at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's "Next Wave" Festival. The special episode of "Theater Talk" kicks off WNET/Thirteen's look at the BAM festival and will be rebroadcast Friday, Oct. 4 at midnight and Saturday, Oct. 5 at 2 PM. The show will also air Oct. 11 on WETA in Washington, D.C. and Oct. 12 on WGBH/Boston.
"Theater Talk" begins its new season the following week — Oct. 11 — with a program about the new production of Flower Drum Song, which is currently in previews at the Virginia Theatre. Playwright David Henry Hwang, who has written an entirely new book for the musical, as well as Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization President Theodore S. Chapin will be the show's guests. Journalists Jesse McKinley and Patrick Pacheco will also be on hand to discuss the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.
Hosted by New York Post theatre columnist Michael Riedel and producer Susan Haskins, "Theatre Talk" airs late Friday nights at midnight on WNET/Thirteen.
—By Andrew Gans