Program Catalog

Theater Talk 1100s

Broadway Theater SeriesTheater Talk
Producer: CUNY-TV
Rights: Unlimited, 10/1/17 to 9/30/19
52 x 30 (39 original, 13 repeats)
High Definition

Free Series

EPS Series Theater Talk Wins 2017 EMMY Award for Best NYC Interview/Discussion Program! Theater Talk, the series devoted to the world of the stage, won a New York Regional Emmy Award for the Best Interview/Discussion Program on May 6, 2017 at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/New York Chapter’s Ceremony. Accepting the award was Executive Producer/co-host Susan Haskins-Doloff.

THEATER TALK focuses on the most exciting stars and other artists coming to the new Broadway season, is back for 2017 to 2018!

Broadway is always fresh and exciting, much of its success fueled by out-of-town audiences who join with New Yorkers in their collective anticipation of each new season’s plays and musicals. Tapping into, and even influencing, this enthusiasm is Theater Talk.

Co-hosted by Michael Riedel, the influential Broadway columnist for the New York Post, and series producer Susan Haskins, Theater Talk is a unique forum for the New York theater scene, featuring conversations with the actors, directors, playwrights and other artists whose work makes live theater so exciting. Video excerpts of the plays on stage highlight the in-studio interviews.

“We conceived Theater Talk as a sort of Meet the Press of Broadway,” said Riedel. “We always try to keep the conversation informal in tone,” he continued. “We like to have a little fun talking about the theatre and the goal of the show is to make people feel they are a part of a conversation with Broadway insiders.”

In addition Theater Talk’s topical critics-and-experts panels will continue, reviewing the new shows and debating the important show business issues of the day.

Episode Descriptions: 

1101 NEW (uplink October 19, 2017) “Fall Season Preview, 2017” Co-hosts producer Susan Haskins
and critic Jesse Green of The New York Times with guests Michael Musto of,
Patrick Pacheco of The Los Angeles Times and Elisabeth Vincentelli of The New Yorker preview the fall
theater season on Broadway. 

1102 NEW (uplink October 26, 2017) “K POP and Season Preview, part 2.” Guests are the creative team
of the new Off-Broadway musical hit, K Pop: director Teddy Bergman, producer Jason Eagan; and librettist
Jason Kim. Next, critic Jesse Green of The New York Times with guests Michael Musto of, Patrick Pacheco of The Los Angeles Times and Elisabeth Vincentelli of The New
continue their preview of the fall theater season in New York City.

1103 NEW (uplink November 2, 2017) “Halloween Gala.” Guests are performers Mr. Murray Hill and Bridgett
with producer Daniel Nardicio with co-hosts Michael Musto and Susan Haskins. Next, horror
theater producers Timothy Haskell and Clay McLeod Chapman with guest co-host Jason Zinoman of
The New York Times. (NETA gets 10/26/17)

1104 NEW “Torch Song Trio.” Guests are playwright Harvey Fierstein, director Moises Kaufman and
actor Michael Urie discussing Torch Song, their current revival of Fierstein’s 1988 Tony Award-winning
play with co-hosts Susan Haskins and Michael Musto. (uplink November 9, 2017)

#1105 Tiny Beautiful Things and Noël Coward’s Salute to the Brave.” Guests are writer/actor Nia Vardalos and writer Marshall Heyman discussing their theatrical adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling book Tiny Beautiful Things, at the Public Theater. Then, Scott Alan Evans, executive artistic director of The Actors Company Theatre (TACT), Trustee at The Noël Coward Foundation Geoffrey Johnson, and actress Kristine Nielsen discuss the never-produced Noël Coward play Salute to the Brave. (uplink 11/16/17) NEW

#1106 “Stephen Adly Guirgis on Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis on the revival of his play Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train and his work on the original production in 2000 with its original director, his friend and mentor Philip Seymour Hoffman. (uplink 11/23/17) NEW

#1107  “Taymor & Hwang on The Lion King & M. Butterfly Director Julie Taymor discusses the 20th anniversary of her masterpiece of musical theater, The Lion King. She then is joined by playwright David Henry Hwang to discuss her current Broadway revival of Hwang’s Tony Award-winning play, M. Butterfly. (uplink 11/30/17) NEW

#1035  ”Ethan Mordden, When Broadway Went to Hollywood”  Author/historian Ethan Mordden discusses the influence of Broadway on Hollywood musicals, charted in his new book, When Broadway Went to Hollywood. (uplink 12/7/17) repeat

#1108  “Junk and 20th Century Blues” A look at two new productions of the season. First, playwright Ayad Akhtar (2013 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Drama) and director Doug Hughes discuss Junktheir new play at Lincoln Center Theater about the world of high finance and eclipsed morality. Next, a conversation about the dramedy 20th Century Blues at Signature’s Griffin Jewel Box Theatre, focusing on issues faced by women over 60. The guests are playwright Susan Miller with actors Polly Draper and Kathryn Grody. Critic Jan Simpson, host of Broadway Radio’sStagecraft, co-hosts with Susan Haskins.    (uplink 12/14/17) new

#1109  The Band’s Visit”Composer David Yazbek and librettist Itamar Moses discuss their work on the celebrated musical based on a popular 2007 Israeli film about an Egyptian police band stranded in a small town in the Negev Desert.  Co-hosted by Jesse Green of The New York Times and Susan Haskins.  (uplink 12/21/17) new

#1110   “Amy Schumer and Agosto Machado” Theater Talk celebrates the holidays with actress/writer/comic Amy Schumer, now starring in Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower at Broadway’s Booth Theatre. Comedy and theater critic Jason Zinoman of The New York Times joins Susan Haskins in hosting.  Also, LGBTQ performer and activist, the legendary Agosto Machado talks with co-hosts Michael Musto of and Susan Haskins.  (uplink 12/28/17)  new

#1012   “Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened.” Lonny Price and Abigail Pogrebin, original cast members of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, discuss Price’s new documentary Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened, about the young people who appeared in that unsuccessful 1981 Sondheim/Hal Prince musical, and what has happened to their lives since then.  (uplink 1/4/18) repeat

#1111 “Year’s-End Broadway Critics Panel” Joe Dziemianowicz (NY Daily News), Adam Feldman (Time Out NY), Elisabeth Vincentelli review new shows of the 2017 fall season with co-hosts Jesse Green (Co-Chief Theater Critic for The New York Times) and Susan Haskins.   (uplink 1/11/18) new

#1112 “Farinelli and the King” plus Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt” Actor Mark Rylance (Academy Award and two-time Tony Award winner) and playwright Claire van Kampen discuss her new play, “Farinelli and the King,” with co-hosts Tony-winning playwright Warren Leight and Susan Haskins.   Also, a conversation with the legendary songwriting team of Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks; I Do, I Do; 110 in The Shade) and journalist Michael Musto.   (uplink 1/18/18)  new

#1113   “The New Stars of Hamilton” Actors Daniel BreakerBryan Terrell ClarkMandy Gonzalez, now appearing in Broadway’s biggest hit. Guest co-host, actor Julie Halston, joins host Susan Haskins. (uplink 1/25/18) new

#1014   David Ives on The Liar, Writer David Ives talks about his prolific and wide-ranging playwrighting career, including his new comedy at the Classic Stage Company, The Liar, loosely adapted from Le Menteur by Pierre Corneille. He also talks about his current collaboration with Stephen Sondheim on a yet-to-be-titled new musical, based on film director Luis Buñuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and The Exterminating Angel, scheduled for The Public Theater’s 2017-2018 season. (uplink 2/1/18)  repeat

#616 “Elaine Stritch’s 88th Birthday Bash” Originally aired on February 1, 2013 (and later 2/9/17), when we celebrated the beloved Broadway star’s birthday on the now-deceased legends final appearance on Theater Talk.  (uplink 2/8/18)  repeat

#1114 “Spring Season Preview” Adam Feldman (Time Out New York), Michael Musto (, Elisabeth Vincentelli (3 on the Aisle) and Patrick Pacheco (L.A. Times) plus co-hosts Jesse Green (The New York Times) and Susan Haskins discuss the upcoming spring theater season, including Broadway productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildAngels in AmericaThree Tall WomenThe Iceman ComethLobby Hero, new musical adaptations of Mean Girls and Frozen, and classic musical revivals of Carousel and My Fair Lady. (uplink 2/15/18)  NEW

#1115 Hello, Dolly! and Spring Preview Part 2”  Actors Gavin Creel, Kate Baldwin, & Charlie Stemp, with guest co-host Adam Feldman. (uplink 2/22/18) NEW

#1116 “John Lithgow - Stories by Heart” Master actor John Lithgow discusses his one-man show Stories by Heart, which he developed over 10 years touring the country and is now presenting on Broadway. The play is dedicated to his father, who was also an actor/director, and he talks about it with Jesse Green, Co-Chief Theater Critic of The New York TimesDonna Hanover of Arts in The City and Theater Talkproducer Susan Haskins.  (uplink March 1, 2018) NEW

#1109 The Band’s Visit Composer David Yazbek and librettist Itamar Moses discuss their work on the celebrated musical based on a popular 2007 Israeli film about an Egyptian police band stranded in a small town in the Negev Desert.  Co-hosted by Jesse Green of The New York Times and Susan Haskins. (uplink March 8, 2018) repeat

#1117Jerry Springer – The Opera and The Amateurs.” First, we welcome writer/composer Richard Thomas with actors Terrence Mann and Will Swenson from Thomas’ controversial work Jerry Springer -The Opera, which created a sensation in the UK 13 years ago, but was considered so outrageous that it only now premieres in NYC in a production at The Pershing Theatre Center. Next, playwright Jordan Harrison, director Oliver Butler and actor Michael Cyril Creighton discuss their production of Harrison’s play at The Vineyard Theatre, The Amateurs, about a theatre troop fleeing The Black Death in the middle ages and these players’ contribution to the modern dramatic concepts of character and individuality.. (uplink March 15, 2018) NEW

#1118 The Band’s Visit Actors” The guests are actors from The Band’s VisitTony Shalhoub, Katrina Lenk and John Cariani, discussing working on the powerful musical hit with co-hosts Jesse Green and Elisabeth Vincentelli of The New York Times and series producer Susan Haskins. Next up, we welcome producer Ted Chapin, who talks about his Lyrics and Lyricists series at NYC’s cultural-hub, the 92nd Street Y, a series of programs that includes salutes to the work of songwriters Irving Berlin, Lynn Ahrens, Frank Loesser, Bobby Darin, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and the team of Comden and Green. Guest co-host is Donna Hanover.  (uplink March 22, 2018) NEW

#1119“Good for Otto”.” Playwright David Rabe, producer/director Scott Elliott, Ed Harris and Amy Madigan discuss The New Group production of David Rabe’s new work Good for Otto. The play, in which Harris and Madigan play psychologists, is set in a community mental health center, and is now playing at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Guest host is producer/playwright Warren Leight .  (uplink March 29, 2018) NEW

#1120Estelle Parsons and Patricia Bosworth.” Actor Estelle Parsons and actor/author Patricia Bosworth discuss the art of acting and their formative years of training at the legendary ACTORS STUDIO in the 1950′s. Guest host is Jesse Green, Co-Chief Theatre Critic of The New York Times. (uplink April 5, 2018) NEW

#1121 TBA
NEW (uplink April 12, 2018)


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– Hattie Bryant

As much as we all want to believe we can live forever, we all know deep down that it simply can’t be true.

From this program viewers learn that there are things each of us can do to live fully, all the way to the end. Anyone who is willing to take four simple steps now, while healthy, can minimize if not avoid entirely, the pain, suffering, confusion and disagreements that can arise when end-of-life healthcare wishes are not clearly spelled out.

Americans need this information because 70% say they want to die peacefully surrounded by friends and family … while actually 70% are dying in institutions surrounded by strangers.

Few people choose to contemplate critical illness or the inevitability of death until their time comes. Because possibilities are rarely discussed, many people are unprepared or unable to make critical end-of-life decisions and spend their last days in over-medicalized and unnecessarily painful and protracted situations.

Breaking through the taboo of discussing death, Hattie Bryant shows that we have choices.

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With myth-busting insights, easy-to-understand science, and delicious, wholesome recipes, Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? is a no-nonsense guide to achieving optimal weight and lifelong health.

Eating real food doesn’t have to be complicated. Dr. Hyman is going to show us the principles of healthy eating by walking through each of the major food catefories – from meats to beverages and everything in between. Dr. Hyman tells the viewer exactly what foods to focus on and what to avoid. He will provide easy steps to get started, taking out all of the guess work of putting together meals. As a bonus, Dr. Hyman will also explain how food is one of the greatest contributors to global warming and pollution, then he will show us what foods will take less of a toll on our environment and our health.

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