Sunday, May 24, 2009

Talkback at APAC's Children's Hour

Astoria Performing Arts Center is hosting a talkback following a performance of Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour. Here are the details:

Sunday, May 31, 2009 - Immediately following the 6pm performance - This event is free and open to all APAC audience members. You can purchase your tickets to the Sunday, May 31st performance by visiting

APAC is proud to announce the first in its new series of post-performance discussions with our audience, the APAC Talk-Backs. These discussions will give APAC audiences a chance to learn more about the work they have just seen, hearing from experts on that particular play and writer.

APAC artistic director Tom Wojtunik moderates a panel of industry professionals and Lillian Hellman experts, as we learn more about this major American playwright and her first big success as a writer seventy-five years after its Broadway premiere.

- Sharon Friedman (specialist on feminism in theatre, Associate Professor, NYU)
- Carl Rollyson (author of Lillian Hellman: Her Life and Legend)

SHARON FRIEDMAN is Associate Professor of literature and drama in the Gallatin School of New York University. Sharon’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of dramatic criticism, feminist criticism, and theories of adaptation. Her most recent publication is an edited volume entitled Feminist Theatrical Revisions of Classic Works (McFarland, 2008), and publications relevant to this seminar include “Feminism as Theme in Twentieth Century American Women’s Drama” in American Studies (1984), “Revisioning the Woman’s Part in Paula Vogel’s Desdemona” in New Theatre Quarterly (1995) and “Honor or Virtue Unrewarded: Susan Glaspell’s Challenge to Ideologies of Sexual Conduct and the Discourse of Intimacy” in New England Theatre Journal (2006). Other essays on women playwrights have appeared in Contemporary Authors Bibliographical Series: American Dramatists, TDR, Women and Performance, Susan Glaspell: Essays on her Theater and Fiction, and Codifying the National Self: Spectators, Actors, and the American Dramatic Text.

CARL ROLLYSON is Professor of Journalism at Baruch College, The City University of New York, and the author of Lillian Hellman: Her Life and Legend. He has also published biographies of Marilyn Monroe, Norman Mailer, Martha Gellhorn, Rebecca West, Susan Sontag, and Jill Craigie. He is currently at work on Recovering Amy Lowell, a new biography of a neglected American poet, and on Dana Andrews: Hollywood’s Enigmatic Hero.

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