Plays by four Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights will be presented in a cable television series next season by a unique new partnership representing show business, big business and an entertainment network, it was announced last week.
Details of the production of four one-act plays by Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, Marsha Norman and Paul Zindel for the Arts & Entertainment network were detailed at a news conference at the Theater Hall of Fame in the Gershwin Theater. Two plays will be broadcast in the fall and two next spring.The new series was put together by Gladys Nederlander, executive producer for Nederlander Television and Film Productions and a member of one of the nation's leading theatrical production families, and represents a partnership of the Nederlander Organization, General Motors and A&E.
Participation of the Nederlanders, who own theaters on both sides of the Atlantic, including 11 Broadway houses, is the first by an international theatrical organization in a TV project of this type, Nederlander said.
"The public is increasingly offended and angered by the prevalence of trash television," Nederlander said. "So we tried to figure out what we could do with a one-hour presentation that would be an antidote, and came up with the idea of short works by Pulitzer Prize playwrights."