"While there is a multitude of Off- and Off-Off-Broadway theaters, producing hundreds of new works each season, most of these shows play just a few weeks and many are seen by only a small audience," press notes state. "The new series, 'Theater Close-Up,' a unique collaboration between THIRTEEN and that large community of non-profit Off-Broadway theaters, will finally bring a diverse cross-section of those provocative plays to primetime and online audiences."
Here's how the production is billed: "John Van Druten's play explores the tumultuous lives and love affairs of the women employed as shorthand typists in a busy solicitor's office in 1930's London. Pat Milligan, a naïve young typist, falls for the charms of a predatory junior lawyer. Watching with concern is the firm's senior secretary, her too-timid suitor and several others in the office. Presiding over all is Mr. Walker, gamely trying to navigate a new kind of office where men and women must work side by side. The 1931 play was acclaimed for its hyper-realistic depiction of office life as well as its soulful probing of the dreams and desires of its female characters."
The series will continue on successive Thursdays at 10 PM. Subsequent programs include Richard Nelson's cycle The Apple Family Plays (from The Public Theater); Hamish Linklater's The Vandal (Flea Theater); Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson's An Iliad (New York Theatre Workshop); Brian Richard Mori's Hellman v. McCarthy (Abingdon Theatre Company); and an encore presentation of The Flea's Looking at Christmas by Steven Banks. Weaver's stage credits credits also include Beyond Therapy, Hurlyburly, Sex and Longing, Marco Polo Sings a Solo, The Guys, Mrs. Farnsworth and Love Letters.
Repeat broadcasts will air on Sunday evenings following "Masterpiece." WLIW21 will air the series on Monday evenings beginning Oct. 6 at 10:30 PM. Visit thirteen.org for more information.