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This edition: Production: "Contact" (Fall 1999)

Episode Details

Original tape date: October 28, 1999.

In this seminar, the production team from the hit show “Contact” gathers around Roy A. Somlyo to discuss the show’s inception, production, and what lies beyond these steps in a show’s life.

Producer/Artistic Director of Lincoln Center Theater André Bishop, Marketing Director and Director of Special Projects for Lincoln Center Theater Thomas Cott, Executive Producer of Lincoln Center Theater Bernard Gersten, director/choreographer Susan Stroman and playwright John Weidman discuss the Tony Award winning Contact; from Lincoln Center Theater's invitation to Stroman and Weidman to develop their original ideas, how the individual stories are connected, multiple workshops, the casting process, using pre-existing recorded music versus live musicians, deciding on the show's name, as well as producing for non-commercial theatre with a longstanding member base.

Guest List

André Bishop Artistic Director, Lincoln Center Theater

Thomas Cott Director of Marketing & Special Events, Lincoln Center Theater

Bernard Gersten Exec. Producer, Lincoln Center Theater 

Roy A. Somlyo Moderator, American Theatre Wing

Susan Stroman Choreographer, Director

John Weidman Playwright