TFANA Talk – The Skin of Our Teeth
Join us on Thursday, August 27 at 3:00PM (EDT) for a free TFANA Talk revisiting TFANA’s 2017 Obie-Award winning production of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth. Members of the cast and creative team will revisit Wilder’s masterpiece of human perseverance, and reflect on its newfound resonances in our era of eternally imminent catastrophe.
The Talk will feature director Arin Arbus (2017 Obie Award for Direction), actors Kecia Lewis (2017 Obie Award for Performance) and Mary Wiseman, scenic designer Riccardo Hernández, and composer César Alvarez. The Talk will be moderated by Mark Blankenship and followed by an audience Q&A.
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Explore more about our 2017 production of Thornton Wilder’s classic play and how it continues to speak directly to our times. Listen to director Arin Arbus discuss The Skin of Our Teeth with Mark Blankenship on the Thornton Wilder podcast, or view production photos and the video trailer from the TFANA production.
César Alvarez (Composer) is a New York-based composer, lyricist, playwright, and performance maker. They create large experimental musicals as non-normative possibility spaces for embodiment, inter-dimensionality, socio-political transformation, kinship and coexistence. With a background as a jazz saxophonist, band leader and sound artist, César’s work inhabits a space between the worlds of theater, music, performance art and social practice. César is a 2018-20 Princeton Arts Fellow and a recipient of The Jonathan Larson Award. César is an Assistant Professor of Sonic Arts at Dartmouth College.
Arin Arbus (Director) For TFANA, Ms. Arbus directed Shakespeare’s Othello, Measure for Measure, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, and The Winter’s Tale. She won the Obie Award for her staging of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth and also staged Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, adapted by Thornton Wilder, and performed in rotating repertory with Strindberg’s The Father, in a new version by David Greig.
Mark Blankenship (Moderator)is the founder and editor of The Flashpaper, a print-only journal in which theatre artists respond to urgent current events using any genre they choose (TheFlashpaper.com). He is also the host of iHeartRadio Broadway’s podcast The Showtune Countdown and the long-running pop music podcast Mark and Sarah Talk About Songs. He has written for The New York Times, Variety, Fortune, NPR.com, and many others, and he founded TDF Stages. He’s a longtime Wilder aficionado, and during the rehearsal dinner for his wedding, he made a speech that invoked both Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth.
THIS TFANA TALK ON THORNTON WILDER’S THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH, IS UNDERWRITTEN, IN PART, BY DOUG STEINER.
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Header photo credit: Kecia Lewis and the company of THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH. Photo by Henry Grossman.