Past Features

October 11, 2005 (Vol. 2, No. 3)

Broadway Manager Albert Poland to Visit Lehman Oct. 18

Professor William M. Hoffman talks with Metropolitan Opera Star Regina Resnik.
Professor William M. Hoffman talks with Metropolitan Opera Star Regina Resnik.

Professor William M. Hoffman of the Journalism, Communication and Theatre Department will talk to Albert Poland, general manager of such Broadway hits as Glengarry Glen Ross and Boy From Oz, on Tuesday, October 18, at 2 p.m. in Room C-14 of Carman Hall. The show, is part of Professor Hoffman's "Conversations" series, now in its third season, which features discussions with theatre professionals. The event is free and open to the community.

"Albert has been a mover and shaker on the Broadway scene for over three decades," says Professor Hoffman. "He is a friend of mine, and I look forward to having him on the show."

As a general manager and producer, Poland has been an important figure in American theatre for over three decades. He will talk about his career on Broadway, working with plays by such writers as David Mamet, Martin Sherman, Eugene O'Neill, Eduardo Machado and Gore Vidal. Poland also served as general manager on Professor Hoffman's 1985 multi-award winning play, As Is.

"The series involves informal chats with friends of mine from the world of theatre and music," says Professor Hoffman, who is himself a celebrated librettist, screenwriter and playwright. "The atmosphere is quite intimate and lends itself to great talks about what it's really like to work back stage and on the stage."

Previous guests interviewed on "Conversations" have included playwrights Edward Albee and Arthur Lawrence, Metropolitan Opera star Barbara Resnik and composers John Corigliano and Mark Adamo.

"Conversations" airs over Bronxnet and CUNY-TV. For more information about the series, call (718) 960-2558.