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An Ideal Theater for an Ideal City, with Author Todd London

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Dec 18, 2013
Dec 18, 2013
Segal Theatre


Join us for an evening with author Todd London (Artistic Director of the Tony Award– winning institution New Dramatists) to discuss his new  book: An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art (TCG). Todd  London will be joined by Oskar Eustis (The Public Theater), Kristin Marting (HERE Arts Center), Rosalba Rolon (Pregones), Mia Yoo (La MaMa), and Jonathan McCrory  (The Movement Theatre Company). The discussion will be followed by a book signing with the author.

About the book: A wide-ranging, inspiring  documentary history of the American theatre movement as told, at the time of its making, by the visionaries who forged it. This anthology collects over forty essays,  manifestos, letters, and speeches each introduced and placed in historical context by noted writer and arts commentator Todd London, who spent  nearly a decade assembling this collection. The founding visions of theatres from across the country are represented here, including: Arena Stage  (Washington, DC), El Teatro Campesino (California), Barter Theatre (Virginia), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Roadside Theater (Kentucky),  Second City (Illinois), Theatre 47 (Dallas), Bread and Puppet (Vermont), The Actor’s Workshop (California), Public Theater (New York),  Minnesota Theatre Company, The Group Theatre (New York), and dozens more. This celebration of the artists who came before is an exhilarating  look both backward, and toward the  future.

This event is part of the GC Public Program’s initiative “Cultural Capital: The Promise and  Price of New York Creative Economy.”

Please also join us for a pre-event concert of Hungarian Classic Guitar Music by Segal Center International Research Scholar Attila Szabó –  at 4:30pm in the Segal Theatre. Szabó will give an overview of six hundred years of music by Hungarian composers written for the guitar and the lute: Bakfark, Mertz, Farkas, Rózsa and his own arrangements of Transylvanian folk songs.