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April 3, 2003

CUNY TV Celebrates “Women in Theatre”

New 13-Part Series is Hosted by Linda Winer, Theatre Critic and Arts Columnist for Newsday

CUNY TV, in alliance with The League of Professional Theatre Women, presents the new 13-part series, Women in Theatre: Dialogues with Notable Women in American Theatre, featuring half-hour interviews with directors, designers, performers, playwrights and producers, premiering Friday, April 4, 2003 at 8:30 p.m. For information about additional broadcast dates and times, see www.cuny.tv.

The interviews are conducted by Linda Winer, theatre critic and arts columnist for Newsday.

The women interviewed in the series, in order of broadcast appearance, are Rosemary Harris (actress, April 4), Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director, Manhattan Theatre Club, April 11), Dael Orlandersmith (playwright and actress, April 18), Cherry Jones (actress, April 25), Elizabeth McCann (producer, May 2), Paula Vogel (playwright, May 9), Molly Smith (Artistic Director, Arena Stage, Washington D.C., May 16), Virginia Louloudes (Alliance of Resident Theatres/NY, May 23), Heidi Ettinger (set designer, May 30), Diana Son (playwright, June 6), Daryl Roth (producer, June 13), Willa Kim (costume designer, June 20) and Suzan-Lori Parks (playwright, June 27). The series’ theme song is “The Glamorous Life” from A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC by Stephen Sondheim, performed by Alex Rybeck, noted pianist and music director.

CUNY TV, the cable television station of the City University of New York, is available to more than 2 million households throughout the city’s five boroughs (Ch. 75 on Time Warner Cable and Cablevision Systems; also on RCN).

Women in Theatre is produced by The League of Professional Theatre Women:
Isobel Robins and Harriet Slaughter, Co-Presidents. Executive Producer for Women in Theatre is Ruth Mayleas. Betty L. Corwin, Director of Special Projects, Theatre on Film and Tape Archive, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, co-produced the series.

The League announced that the entire CUNY TV series will become part of the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive, which was founded by Ms. Corwin. Women in Theatre is made possible by contributions from The Ford Foundation, Lucille Lortel Foundation, and Daryl and Steven Roth Foundation.

“In our politically-aware times, it might seem odd to create a series solely around women in theatre,” said Linda Winer. “After so many years, shouldn’t the category have withered away and become irrelevant? But last year, the New York State Council on the Arts released a three-year study about women’s status in theatre, and revealed that with some exceptions ‘advancement has stalled or even deteriorated.’ “Although women submit about half of all the works available to artistic directors, only 16 percent of produced plays are by women and 17 percent have female directors - down from 21 percent and 23 percent, respectively, since the previous year,” said Ms. Winer. “That said, the series was a rare and wonderful opportunity to speak with the brightest theatre talents and to help them open up about their careers, their work, their politics and their feelings about their profession.” An advocacy organization, The League of Professional Theatre Women records and brings before the public the accomplishments of women in the professional theatre in the United States. The immediate antecedent of Women in Theatre is an Oral History Program that the League produces with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ Theatre on Film and Tape Archive.

Director of Women in Theatre is Audra D. Malone. Creative Consultant: Leonard Fleischer. Executive in Charge of Production: Robert Isaacson.

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