"Theater Talk" Will Remember Simon Gray Aug. 8

News   "Theater Talk" Will Remember Simon Gray Aug. 8
The Aug. 8 broadcast of "Theater Talk" — the PBS talk show that offers interviews with top theatre practitioners — will pay tribute to British playwright Simon Gray, who died Aug. 7.
Simon Gray
Simon Gray

To honor the late playwright, "Theater Talk" will re-air a 2006 interview with the author of Quartermaine's Terms, Melon, The Common Pursuit, Otherwise Engaged, The Holy Terror, The Late Middle Classes and Wise Child, among others. Gray was nominated for Tony Awards for Butley and Otherwise Engaged. Butley, arguably his most famous play, was revived on Broadway last year, with Nathan Lane starring as the title character, a dyspeptic, alcoholic, cynical professor who discovers he is losing both his wife and his lover on the same day. "What's so wonderful about Mr. Gray's script,” wrote Ben Brantley in the New York Times, "is how naturally the unities fall into place and how inevitably yet stealthily self-knowledge descends upon its protagonist."

Gray also published five novels. In 2005, he was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the order of the British Empire) for his services to literature.

"Theater Talk" airs in the metropolitan area on WNET/Thirteen at 12:30 AM ET; check local listings.

"Theater Talk" is hosted by New York Post theatre columnist Michael Riedel and producer Susan Haskins. For more information visit www.theatertalk.org.

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