American Masters: Terrence McNally – Every Act of Life
Friday, June 14, at 9pm on CET
Tuesday, June 18, at 8pm on CET Arts
This American Masters special lifts the curtain on the life, career and inspirations of the complicated and brilliant playwright, librettist, scriptwriter and outspoken LGBTQ activist Terrence McNally, who believed in the power of the arts to transform society and make a difference.
From his troubled beginnings in Corpus Christi, Texas, to his college years in New York City, from dating legendary playwright Edward Albee to traveling the world as the tutor to John Steinbeck’s children and having his first Broadway play, And Things That Go Bump in the Night, flop at age 24, American Masters – Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life traces McNally’s personal and professional successes, struggles and failures. Over the course of his six-decade career, he has written trailblazing plays, musicals, operas and screenplays about sexuality, homophobia, faith, the power of art, the need to connect and finding meaning in every moment of life.
In addition to new interviews with McNally, the film features insights from his friends, his family and some of the most notable stars of stage and screen who he has worked with and mentored, including F. Murray Abraham, Christine Baranski, Tyne Daly, Edie Falco, John Kander, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Marin Mazzie, Audra McDonald, Rita Moreno, Billy Porter, Chita Rivera, Doris Roberts, John Slattery and Patrick Wilson, plus the voices of Dan Bucatinsky, Bryan Cranston and Meryl Streep.