Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My 2 guest TV spots on "Conversations with William M. Hoffman" | Coming up on CUNY-TV Channel 75 in NYC

Thank you to Dominic D'Andrea, New York artist and producing artistic director of the One-Minute Play Festival, for alerting me about this.

CUNY-TV Channel 75 in New York City has announced the fall 2012 schedule of  "Conversations with William M. Hoffman," CUNY TV's talk show, which bills itself as a "television series of discussions with major theater and musical figures of our times."

The CUNY station is re-broadcasting its interviews. Previous guests have included the great Marian Seldes, Albert Poland, the late Arthur Laurents, composer John Corigliano, and Shakespeare Theatre Company of D.C.'s director Michael Kahn.

CUNY TV is cablecast in the five boroughs of New York City on Ch. 75 (Time Warner and Cablevision systems), Ch. 77 (RCN Cable), and Ch. 30 (Verizon FiOS).

"Conversations with William M. Hoffman" is hosted by Professor William M. Hoffman, Professor of Theatre at Lehman College (CUNY). He is also the author of the Broadway play As Is, which earned him a Drama Desk Award in 1986, an Obie, as well as Tony and Pulitzer nominations for best play.

Hoffman invited me to Lehman College/CUNY for an hour-long interview, presented in two episodes. The original taping was held in early 2010.

Online media for this episode is not currently available on

The half-hour cable TV talk show air Wednesdays, 10:30am, 3:30pm; Saturdays, 5:30pm; and Sundays, 8:30am.

Here is what it states on their website:

Episode Details
"A winner of the Nathan Award for dramatic criticism and a Senior Editor of "American Theatre," Randy Gener is a provocative playwright, essayist, curator, facilitator, celebrated world traveler and passionate gay Filipino advocate. He has explored the boundaries of print and electronic media, and has introduced playwrights and theatrical theoreticians from all over the world to each other's works. Mr. Gener is an important figure in a suddenly expanded world of theatre."

Broadcast schedule: Coming up on Channel 75

EPISODE 1: Randy Gener, critic and Senior Editor, American Theatre, Pt. 1 

  • Saturday, September 22 - 5:30pm 
  • Sunday, September 23 - 8:30am 
EPISODE 2: Randy Gener, critic and Senior Editor, American Theatre, Pt. 2 

  • Wednesday, October 3 - 10:30am, 3:30pm
  • Saturday, October 6 - 5:30pm
  • Sunday, October 7 - 8:30am 
EPISODE 1: John Bucchino, composer-songwriter, Pt. 1 of 2 

  • Wednesday, October 10 - 10:30am, 3:30pm
  • Saturday, October 13 - 5:30pm
  • Sunday, October 14 - 8:30am 
EPISODE 2: John Bucchino, composer-songwriter, Pt. 2 of 2

  • Wednesday, October 17 - 10:30am, 3:30pm

Visit the show's home page here:

Get to know William M. Hoffman:
According to Wikipedia:
Born in New York City, New York, United States, William M. Hoffman's earliest works either were mounted in small, experimental off-off-Broadway theaters in New York City or remain unproduced.

It was not until 1985 that he achieved critical acclaim and public recognition when the Broadway-theatre production of his play, As Is, one of the first plays to focus on AIDS, opened in New York City at the Lyceum Theatre, where it ran for 285 performances. Hoffman won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play (1985) and an Obie Award (1984-85 for Playwriting [1]) and nominations for a Tony Award for Best Play (1985). The following year, he adapted the work for a television production directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg.

In 1991, Hoffman was commissioned by The Metropolitan Opera Company to write the libretto for The Ghosts of Versailles first produced in celebration of the company's centennial. A 1993-televised production starred Teresa Stratas, Renée Fleming, and Graham Clark. Hoffman earned an Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Classical Music/Dance Programming.

As an editor at Hill and Wang, Hoffman promoted the careers of Lanford Wilson, Tom Eyen, and Joe Orton, among others, by including their plays in either his New American Plays series or his anthology, Gay Plays: A First Collection.

Hoffman currently is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Lehman College at The City University of New York.

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