Tuesday, November 08, 2005
SPECIAL EVENT(S) AT THE PUBLIC
As part of the continuing celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Public Theater is holding a panel discussion, "Reliving Incendiary Moments in Public Theater History," on Wednesday, November 9, 2005 from 7:00- 8:30 PM with a reception to follow. It is FREE. But reservations are required: 212-260-2400.
The panelists are
- Moderator Ken Auletta (noted author and New Yorker columnist);
- David Rabe (author of Tony Award winning Sticks and Bones -- as well as the recently revived Hurly Burly);
- John Guare (author of Tony Award winning Six Degrees of Separation and House of Blue Leaves);
- Larry Kramer (author of The Normal Heart, the longest running play in Public Theater history);
- and JoAnne Akalaitis (founder of Mabou Mines, former Producer of The Public Theater).
The Public Theater has been one of New York's most important cultural institutions almost from the moment of its founding. The current season of plays is very interesting. The special events presented as part of its 50th anniversary celebration have been quite spectacular.
One event that I attended was a staged reading of Christopher Durang's The Marriage of Bette and Boo. It was remarkable -- interesting, funny, and sad -- with a wonderful cast that included Christopher Durang himself, Joan Allen in a great performance as Bette, and eKatherine Kerr (who was terrific recently in a staged reading of a different Durang play, Laughing Wild), doing another brilliant performance.