Saturday, April 25, 2009

Talkback at What Happens to Women Here

Stone Soup Theatre Arts has scheduled a talkback discussion following the May 3rd performance of What Happens to Women Here. I saw this new play by Ben Trawick-Smith and was quite impressed with it.

Here's the official info, passed on to me by Leigh Goldenberg, the company's managing director:

Best Selling Author Joins Stone Soup Theatre Arts for Post Performance Salon following Stone Soup Theatre Arts performance of Ben Trawick-Smith's world premiere What Happens to Women Here

May 3, 2009, 3pm
Richmond Shepard Theatre
309 E. 26th Street, NYC

World renowned physician and author Sherwin Nuland will join Stone Soup Theatre Arts for a post performance Salon focused on his book The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever and the Strange Story of Ignaz Semmelweis, the subject of Stone Soup's newest original play.

Nuland is Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine. He is also the author of twelve books including How We Die, which was on the New York Times best-seller list for 34 weeks, and has been translated into 21 languages. It won that year's National Book Award, and was a finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize and the Book Critics Circle Award. He has written for The New Yorker, Time, Life, National Geographic, Discover, The New Republic, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, and several other
periodicals.

What Happens to Woman Here follows the story of two tragic lives in Vienna during the industrial revolution. Ignaz Semmelweis, an obstetrician, discovers germs years before Pasteur and Lister, only to be undone by his own madness before the world can learn of his breakthrough. Theresa, a young girl from the streets of Vienna, copes with an unplanned pregnancy and a society that silences her cries for help. Exploring the conflicts surrounding class, sex and identity, the play dissects the political forces that fail human health.

What Happens to Women Here is the debut play from Trawick-Smith, founding member of Stone Soup Theatre Arts and an actor who has worked with such companies and venues as Aisling Arts, The Brick Theatre, Nosedive Productions, Manhattan Rep and Emerging Artists. The play is directed by Amy Kaissar.

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