Theater Talk: Playwright Gore Vidal on "The Best Man"





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Published on May 1, 2012

In a classic "Theater Talk" encore, writer Gore Vidal talks about "The Best Man," his timeless political drama (originally produced in 1960 and revived on Broadway in 2000 when the interview was recorded). Now with a new Broadway mounting titled "Gore Vidal's The Best Man," the play speaks as relevantly about politics today as it did when it was first produced. Vidal also discusses his close acquaintance with other political figures ranging from J.F.K. to his "Cousin Albert" (who was about to lose the presidential election shortly after the interview).

Taped: 10-26-2000

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.

Watch more Theater Talk at http://www.cuny.tv/show/theatertalk


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