Live at the Lortel offers audiences an opportunity to hear from their favorite stage performers and artists in an intimate setting – the 299-seat Lucille Lortel Theatre. Guided by host, interviewer, and professional theatre- lover Eric Ostrow, these conversations dig deep into the artists’ work and career, including past, current, and future projects.
Anna Deavere Smith
Actress, playwright, author and University Professor, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. From critically acclaimed one-woman theatrical performances to leading roles on television, Anna Deavere’s acting and playwriting credentials are matched by her deep commitment to social justice, arts education, and fostering cross-disciplinary exchanges.
Whitney White & Peter Mark Kendall
White & Kendall are the creators of the visual album Capsule, which will receive its world premiere at The Public’s Under the Radar Festival 2021, beginning Jan. 6
Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen
Writers, actors, and directors who are the authors of Coal Country (NYT Critic’s Pick, Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, two Drama Desk nominations); The Exonerated (Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Ovation, Fringe First, and Herald Angel Awards) and its award-winning TV movie adaptation starring Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, and Delroy Lindo; as well as Aftermath (NYTW; NYT Critic’s Pick, two Drama League nominations). Author and director of the recent play The Line at Public Theater.
Hubert Point-Du Jour
New York based actor who will next star in the Showtime series The Good Lord Bird. He has also starred off-Broadway at the highly acclaimed Public Theatre in NYC (Much Ado About Nothing, Tiny Beautiful Things) before turning to television where he has been seen on TV shows such as Madam Secretary, Blindspot and The Path.
Grammy-nominated singer, writer, and performer whose self-hosted Holidelic: Home with Papadelic Christmas party premieres virtually on December 17 at 8PM EST.
Olivier Award-winning playwright whose most recent play DANA H. was at the Vineyard Theatre in New York. Lucas received a 2017 Tony Award nomination for Best Play with A Doll’s House, Part 2.
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Brilliant and important
Host Eric Ostrow is not only knowledgeable and charming, but he takes the interviews into territory that is much deeper and more important than mere performances. He delves into poignant human issues and vital social concerns with wit and warmth.
I want you to know how grateful I am for Live at the Lortel. Before the quarantine, I can’t describe what it felt like to walk into a space like the Lucille Lortel. What a gift it was to be in the same room as these artists I so admire, whose careers I follow so closely, whose work I have been so fortunate to see across New York. I love your podcast because I believe it is the closest thing we have to the legacy left by James Lipton and Inside the Actors Studio. Nowhere else are we given long-form, deep-dive conversations, by artists, for artists, about craft, career, about what it means to be a human being and an artist, to work and to live making a life in the American theatre.
I’m writing because I have seen the changes you’ve made in Season Two of the podcast, and I know how valuable feedback can be to service delivery—especially in the shifting landscape we’ve found ourselves in. We are witnessing a sea change across the performing arts sector, a call for real transformation within all our platforms—to be intentional about the voices that we are lifting up, about the stories we’re telling and who we’re asking to tell those stories.
This is why I think it’s so important that we’re seeing platforms like Live at the Lortel recognize and so nimbly embrace this call for greater intentionality. I share your belief that we must center those voices we’ve for so long kept at the margins, because we must ultimately be led by those artists towards this future we seek—a more equitable, justice-oriented future. In a moment of true upheaval, I believe Live at the Lortel is chief among the platforms carrying this torch forward for us all.
I think you’re doing important work. We are living through a moment when artists so desperately need to hear from other artists. The hour you give to each of your guests is, without fail, such a rich, nourishing, healing hour of conversation. I look forward to everything you have in store for us in the future. We need you.
Thank you for all you do.
Creative Director, Dream Out Loud Media
Live at the Lortel is a delight! Host Eric Ostrow is the perfect blend of well researched, passionate, effortlessly witty & warmly intimate. Each episode has the feel of a spontaneous, wondrous & fortuitous hang out with some of the most talented, generous & bright creators you've ever hoped to meet.
With a focus on & access to Off Broadway talent, Live at the Lortel is sharing some of the most interesting & diverse voices in American theatre. It's easy to become jaded by self promotional, clever, press junket tales of show business insiders.
In contrast, Eric Ostrow takes the time & does the work to dig deeper, seek out innovators & make us all feel like we're chatting together in the family room over coffee or a cocktail. You'll leave inspired.