By Andrew Gans
13 Aug 2008
|Photo by Aubrey Reuben|
Entitled "Shakespeare on the Hudson," the program will debut on Thirteen/WNET Sept. 18 at 8 PM; check local listings.
The program, according to press notes, "gives viewers an intimate look at the backstory and theatrical process of preparing for and performing Shakespeare's Twelfth Night to a sell-out crowd. 'Shakespeare on the Hudson' follows the troupe's core actors through all the real off-stage drama as they prepare for opening night, from the high-pressure auditions and call backs to the final moments backstage before the performance begins. The documentary highlights the story of veteran actress Maia Guest, who lands the part of Feste during auditions but worries whether she can pull it off — an anxiety that's amplified because she is also the director's wife. A pair of rookie actors from Minnesota also struggle to prove they have what it takes to perform Shakespeare before their fellow cast mates, skeptical New York critics and theatregoers."
"Twelfth Night: The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival" will follow at 9 PM, showcasing the entire production.
WLIW will broadcast "Twelfth Night: The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival" Sept. 26 at 9 PM with "Shakespeare on the Hudson" following at 11 PM.
For more information visit www.thirteen.org.