Backstage Stories

Thu, Jan 13, 2022 21:00 PM

Hosts: Marcia Pendleton
  • Sidney: In Context -
  • Interview with Michael Dinwiddie -
  • Part I -
  • General info about Poitier’s background -
  • Life in the theater: American Negro Theater, A Raisin In The Sun -
  • What were the circumstances – cultural, political, social, historical, economic – that enabled Poitier to emerge as a movie star. -
  • Sidney: As Director -
  • Interview with Richard Wesley -
  • Screenwriter: Uptown Saturday Night, Let’s Do It Again, -
  • Part II -
  • The journey as the author of two screenplays directed by Poitier -
  • The relationship beyond the professional -
  • Sidney: Interviewing an Icon -
  • Interview with Patrick L. Riley -
  • Part III -
  • Your first connection with Poitier, now an elder and icon, Oprah Legends Weekend -
  • Other tales from the red carpet -
  • Ruben Santiago - Hudson giving you the heads up on the Broadway bound play Sidney
  • The partners          -
  • Sidney: Remembering -
  • Interview – All (Michael, Richard, Patrick) -
  • Part lV -
  • The first time you saw him on screen and or the first time you became aware of him. -
  • Favorite film and why -
  • Final thoughts about Poitier and his impact (artistically, culturally, socially, civically) -
  • Sidney Poitier Day – Sunday, Feb 20 -
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"To Sidney, With Love"

This week our show is dedicated to our beloved Sidney Poitier -- actor, director, producer, author, and civil rights activist.

Michael Dinwiddie, Associate Professor at NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, will provide the historical, cultural, social, and political context of Poitier's career. Drama Desk and AUDELCO Award winner Richard Wesley will speak about his relationship with Mr. Poitier and writing the screenplays, "Let's Do It Again" and "Uptown Saturday Night," both directed by Poitier. And independent producer, personality, and writer Patrick L. Riley will talk about what it was like to interview the iconic artist. The conversation will also include some of the famous music associated with his films. Be assured that "Let's Do It Again" and "To Sir, With Love" will be heard!


  • Michael D. Dinwiddie -
  • Playwright, Composer, Actor, Musician -
  • Associate Professor, NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study -
  • Richard Wesley -
  • Playwright, Screenwriter -
  • Associate Professor, NYU Tisch School of the Arts -
  • Patrick L. Riley -
  • Independent producer, host, and writer -
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  • In the Heat of the Night by Ray Charles -
  • Uptown Saturday Night by Bill Harris -
  • Let's Do It Again by The Staple Singers -
  • To Sir with Love by Lulu -

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