Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Meet Susan Louise O'Connor and Greg Kotis

Next Monday night (November 9), at the Kraine Theater, members of the indie theater community will have a chance to meet two of its biggest success stories in a panel sponsored by the League of Independent Theater.

Susan Louise O'Connor has been given nicknames like the "queen of downtown theatre" after a long history of memorable performances in plays by Daniel MacIvor and others at venues like the Red Room and 14th Street Theatre. Her career has recently taken off in more commercially viable directions, happily; last spring she appeared on Broadway in Blithe Spirit, alongside Angela Lansbury, Christine Ebersole, and Rupert Everett, in a performance that was highly regarded enough to bring her a Theatre World Award.

Greg Kotis had a long career working in the trenches in Chicago and NYC indie theater scenes before his musical Urinetown (co-written with Mark Hollman) made a splash (pun entirely intended; sorry) first at the FringeNYC festival in 1999 and then off-Broadway and finally, in 2001, on Broadway at the Henry Miller Theatre. Greg won 2 Tony Awards for Urinetown.

At Monday's "Get Lit with LIT" event, you will have the chance to hear from Susan and Greg as they talk about the trajectories of their careers. Mark Lonergan will moderate a panel with these two artists, and afterward there will be time for audience members to speak directly with both of these folks. This is a great chance for people in the indie theater world to spend some quality time with people who have set down roots in our community but achieved success in the more "mainstream" world beyond it.

This event is free!

Get Lit with LIT, featuring Susan Louise O'Connor and Greg Kotis, is at the Kraine Theatre, on Monday, November 9, from 7-9pm.

1 comment:

Leonard said...

Unfortunately I'm not. The email from LIT went out without my name on it and I chose to accept another invitation for that night.