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, March 6, 7pm

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Theater for Beginners, Richard Maxwell

With his ongoing exploration into actor behavior and an ever-innovative body of work, Richard Maxwell has written a study guide to the art of making theater. From the writer and director of Isolde, produced by Theatre for a New Audience in 2015, this illuminating volume provides a deeper understanding of his work, aesthetic philosophy, and process for creating theater.

Monday, March 6, 7pm
Polonsky Shakespeare Center
262 Ashland Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11217

FREE EVENT, Reservations are encouraged

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Monday, March 13, 7pm

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Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in Twentieth-Century U.S. Popular Performance, Brian Eugenio Herrera

Latin Numbers is a work of performance history, examining the way in which Latino actors on the twentieth-century stage and screen communicated and influenced American ideas about race and ethnicity. Brian Eugenio Herrera looks at how these performances and performers contributed to American popular understanding of Latinos as a distinct racial and ethnic group. His book tracks the conspicuously “Latin” musical number; the casting of Latino actors; the history of West Side Story; how Latina/o performers confront stereotypes; and the proliferation of the gay Latino character in the AIDS era.

Monday, March 13, 7pm
Polonsky Shakespeare Center
262 Ashland Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11217

FREE EVENT, Reservations are encouraged

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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.