Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Samuel Beckett

Alan Schneider
With Zero Mostel and Burgess Meredith
USA, 1961

PLAY OF THE WEEK (1959-1961) presented 67 videotaped Broadway-style productions, broadcast nightly and Sunday afternoons on NTA-owned independent station WNTA-TV (now WNET) in New York City, and syndicated to approximately 100 other NTA Film Network-affiliated stations.

Because well-known performers were willing to accept minimum payments - top salary was $750 - for the prestige of appearing in the critically praised showcase, production costs were kept to an average of $40,000. Although the budget was low, the show had a high distinction which, combined with its reputation as an innovative production, gave it momentum and propelled it into winning a Peabody Award. (This text copied and edited from Wikipedia.)

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