Upcoming Programs

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FREE PUBLIC SERIES

OPEN BOOKS

SEAN CARNEY

May 3, 2014 at 5:15p

What exactly is a tragedy? Can any contemporary play be considered a true tragedy? Or is our era just too spiritually puny, too mired in the trivial, the mundane, and the petty political to aspire to that grandiose dramatic form? In his dazzling and audacious book, Sean Carney explores this longstanding question by examining the work of recent British dramatists such as Edward Bond, David Hare, Howard Barker, Caryl Churchill, Mark Ravenhill, and Sarah Kane. The Politics and Poetics of Contemporary English Tragedy cuts to the heart of our anxieties about our capacity for tragic experience and points to answers hiding in plain sight.

OPEN BOOKS: Sean Carney is the second offering in our 2014 Open Books Series, a program of free public talks curated by our Literary Advisor Jonathan Kalb.

 

FREE: RSVP Online

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BARRY PARIS

Editor of Stella Adler on America’s Master Playwrights (Vintage, 2013)

May 31, 2014 at 5:15p

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About the Series:

As a modern classical theater dedicated to the language and ideas of writers, Theater for a New Audience sees great thinking and writing about our theatrical heritage as essential to its mission. The free Open Books lecture series provides a forum for the authors of some of the best new books on theater to share their wisdom, perceptions and discoveries directly with our audiences. The lecture subjects range over the vast expanse of the theatrical past, drawing connections with the complex present as part of the theater’s ongoing reassessment of the classical.

FREE PUBLIC SERIES

TFANA TALKS

KING LEAR

Saturday, April 26th

Featuring Richard McCoy (Distinguished Professor of English at Queens College & The Graduate Center, CUNY) and James Shapiro (Larry Miller Professor of English at Columbia University)

Following the afternoon performance


 

THE KILLER

Saturday, June 7th following the afternoon performance

Saturday, June 14th following the afternoon performance

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About the Series:

TFANA Talks are post-show discussions held in conjunction with all productions. These free, one-hour talks are led by scholars, artists and/or journalists following selected Saturday matinees.

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For more information on these or any of Theatre for a New Audience’s Humanities programming, email humanities@tfana.org.


Theatre for a New Audience’s Humanities programming receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.