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Published on Nov 16, 2010
"The Merchant of Venice," with Prof. James Shapiro, plus: "A Tribute to Jill Clayburgh," with excerpts from an interview with the actress in 2005.
We look at SHYLOCK, with Prof. James Shapiro, author of "Shakespeare and the Jews." He discusses how this "Merchant of Venice" character has been portrayed over the past four centuries. Also, we pay tribute to the beloved actress Jill Clayburgh.
Theater Talk is a series devoted to the world of the stage. It began on New York television in 1993 and is co-hosted by Michael Riedel (Broadway columnist for the New York Post) and series producer Susan Haskins.
The program is one of the few independent productions on PBS and now airs weekly on Thirteen/WNET in New York and WGBH in Boston. Now, CUNY TV offers New York City viewers additional opportunities to catch each week's show. (Of course, Theater Talk is no stranger to CUNY TV, since the show is taped here each week before its first airing on Thirteen/WNET.)
The series is produced by Theater Talk Productions, a not-for-profit corporation and is funded by contributions from private foundations and individuals, as well as The New York State Council on the Arts.