Open Books

Open Books

Theatre for a New Audience invites you to Open Books, with James Shapiro, Richard Maxwell, Brian Eugenio Herrera, and Mark B. Sandberg: four free evenings of lively, engaging conversation with the authors of some of American theatre’s most acclaimed new books.

Jonathan Kalb, two-time winner of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, will moderate, and each evening will include an audience Q&A and a meet-and-greet with the author. For events at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, we will offer complimentary refreshment from our Food & Drink counter. Books will be available for purchase, and TFANA Subscribers receive 10% off all books with their Subscriber Card.

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Monday, May 8, 7pm

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Ibsen’s Houses: Architectural Metaphor and the Modern Uncanny, Mark B. Sandberg

Henrik Ibsen’s plays engaged his public through a strategic use of metaphors of house and home, which resonated with experiences of displacement, philosophical homelessness, and exile. The most famous of these metaphors – embodied by the titles of his plays A Doll’s House, Pillars of Society, and The Master Builder – have entered into mainstream Western thought in ways that mask the full force of the reversals Ibsen performed on notions of architectural space. Analyzing literary and performance-related reception materials from Ibsen’s lifetime, Mark B. Sandberg concentrates on the interior dramas of the playwright’s prose-play cycle, and reveals how Ibsen became a master of the modern uncanny.

Monday, May 8, 7pm
Polonsky Shakespeare Center
262 Ashland Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11217

FREE EVENT, Reservations are encouraged

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Theatre for a New Audience’s Humanities programs are supported in part by a permanent endowment established at the Theatre by a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, with leading matching gifts provided by Robert H. Arnow, Perry and Marty Granoff, John J. Kerr and Nora Wren Kerr, and Theodore C. Rogers. Endowment funds for the Theatre’s Humanities, Education, and Outreach programs also come from The Elayne P. Bernstein Education Fund.

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Pictured above: Samuel H. Scripps Mainstage, photo ©Francis Dzikowski/OTTO.