Monday, October 14
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2hr 01mins // directed by:Sidney Lumet // featuring:Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Robert Duvall // 35mm

Join Stephen Belber, playwright of The Power of Duff, for a post-screening conversation on key themes in his play and Network, moderated by a member of the Huntington Theatre Company’s artistic staff.

"I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore.” Network is director Sidney Lumet's brilliant, pitch-black satire of the tabloid-tainted television industry, where entertainment value and short-term ratings trump quality. Over-the-hill newsman Howard Beale's (Peter Finch) televised rant after being summarily dismissed from the anchor desk immediately transforms him into a prophet-like media figure and the focus of a new sensationalized broadcast. His unhinged rants on live TV resonate with viewers, boost the ratings and intrigue a pair of cutthroat network executives. Finch won the Best Actor Oscar posthumously for his iconic performance; Oscars also went to screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky, Faye Dunaway as a ruthless VP programming boss, and Beatrice Straight.

In Stephen Belber’s The Power of Duff, burnt-out local TV newscaster Charlie Duff suddenly begins offering a prayer at the end of his nightly broadcasts, instantly becoming a popular and controversial figure to an expanding audience. But even as his prayers inspire millions, Charlie struggles with his own beliefs and his inability to connect with his estranged son.

The Power of Duff, directed by Peter DuBois, plays at the Huntington Theatre Company’s Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA October 11 – November 9. Please click here for more information and/or tickets.

About the Playwright

Stephen Belber has been produced on Broadway and in over 25 countries. The Huntington Theatre Company previously produced his play Carol Mulroney. Other works include Match (Tony Award nomination for Frank Langella); Don't Go Gentle (MCC); Dusk Rings a Bell (Atlantic Theater Company); Tape (Naked Angels NY/LA/London); McReele (Roundabout Theater Company); A Small, Melodramatic Story (Labyrinth Theater Company); Geometry of Fire, (NYSAF/Rattlestick); Fault Lines (NYSAF/Naked Angels); and One Million Butterflies (Primary Stages). He was an associate writer on The Laramie Project (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nominations) and a co-writer on The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. His films include Tape (dir. Richard Linklater), The Laramie Project (associate writer/Emmy Award nomination for screenwriting), Drifting Elegant, and Management, which he also directed, starring Jennifer Aniston, Woody Harrelson, and Steve Zahn. Television credits include "Rescue Me" and "Law and Order SVU".