Dreamers & Builders - The theatre is a world of "make believe" that can challenge, entertain, amuse and inform an audience. Capturing the hearts and minds of the audience is the role of the creative people who write, stage design, direct and perform.
This series examines the jobs of the creative people behind theater productions and considers their processes. It explores the various aspects of the work of actors, directors, playwrights, designers, and technicians and discusses the ways in which they work individually and collaborate.
These four programs take you behind the "curtain" to introduce you to those who take theatre from "the page to the stage." A unique amalgam of "dreamers and doers." Award winning scenic designer John Lacovelli explains how a play's visual experience enhances the emotional impact of the production.
Tony winning singer/actor Robert Goulet, who has starred in many musicals and straight plays on Broadway, and all media, reveals a compelling view of the difference of working in musicals as opposed to straight plays. You'll also hear from playwrights, directors and theatre critics including Tony Del Valle, Robert Benedetti and Glen Cassale as they discuss the "extension of the fourth wall" and the collaborative effort that produces a play in the theatre.
The Forces Who Run the Theater - This series examines the roles and responsibilities of the people who control the venues, content, and talent in theater and provide a wide panorama of what theatre is and who "makes it happen."
The active participants or "power brokers" in the vast enterprise that comprises live theatre take on many guises. They are theatre owners, managing and artistic directors of regional venues, marketing experts, designers, directors, actors, and playwrights, a veritable army of creative contributors.
It features Gerald Schoenfeld of the Schubert Organization (the largest and most influential theatre owner in this country), who addresses the relationship between theater owners and producers; Gordon Davidson of the Center Theatre Group, who discusses the development of live theater in Los Angeles; Michael Ritchie, who describes the development of regional theaters, their influence on Broadway, and the changing profile of theater enthusiasts; and Susan Smith, agent to such actors as Brian Dennehy and Kathy Bates, who explains the roles of agents.