“The Confidence Man” works well; The vignettes, all blocked and assembled very well by a team of three directors (Stephen Brackett, Lauren Keating and Michael Silverstone), are thematically cohesive…Some of these pieces are as elaborate as a good thriller. — Sam Thielman, Variety
…a marvelously intricate and involving new show. On a technical level, it’s a breathtaking stunt. But, The Confidence Man is much better than it needs to be for gimmickry’s sake alone. — Adam Feldman, Time Out NY
I’m going to spend the afternoon collaborating with some amazing artists – all for the purpose of raising money for more fabulous artists to have the space to create more fabulous work (and for the purpose of fun, of course)
6:30pm tonight in Cooper Union’s Great Hall Official Press Release below. If you’re on the fence, all I have to say is, there is an amazing chorus that is basically this:
Tucci, Plunkett and Hamill featured at Cooper Union’s Great Hall Sept. 17
Tony nominee Maria Tucci, Tony winner Maryann Plunkett and prominent journalist Pete Hamill lead a cast of notables in celebrating America’s labor movement. They will present first hand accounts of the movement’s most violent victories and defeats, as seen through the eyes of its most ardent advocates and opponents: Clara Lemlich, Samuel Gompers, Eugene V. Debs, Mother Jones and more. Workers’ Rights, a Great Evenings in The Great Hall presentation at The Cooper Union, will also feature the stirring voices of the New York City Labor Chorus, recreating the battle cries and ballads of the movement, and the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition. Director Lauren Keating helms the evening.
The Cooper Union’s dynamic performance series celebrating the college’s 150th anniversary, Great Evenings in The Great Hall, presents programs throughout the year of provocative and entertaining presentations featuring the stirring words of the radicals and reformers who spurred change and propelled advancements in civil rights, the labor movement, education and the arts for the past century-and-a-half. Music, multimedia and special guests complement the fiery oratory and inspiring dialogue that have filled The Great Hall since 1859.
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is a distinguished private college of art, architecture and engineering founded in 1859 by Peter Cooper, an inventor, industrialist and philanthropist. Since its establishment, all students have received full-tuition scholarships. To mark its 150th anniversary, between April 2009 and February 2010, the college is presenting a series of eight events celebrating the historic role Cooper Union’s Great Hall played in movements that have furthered the rights of all Americans and contributed to the advancement of science and art.
Workers’ Rights is presented Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 6:30 pm in the Cooper Union Great Hall, 7 East 7th St.. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 212.353.4195 or visit www.cooper.edu
New Georges Perform-a-Thon, Reimagined a day-long mix ‘n match creative adventure & party
in which NEW GEORGES assign playwrights, directors & others to collaborations which create short theatrical spectacles on the day of the event Stay tuned for the opportunity to sponsor a collaboration and support The Room, New Georges’ workspace for women theater artists, and the artists who work there! Saturday September 26 5 to 9pm at The Room/New Georges 520 8th Avenue, Ste. 326 (between 36/37th streets)
Who’s THON-ing?? Well, so far there’s: Alice Reagan, Andrea Lepcio, Anna Ziegler, Ari Laura Kreith, Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich, Barbara Cassidy, Caridad Svich, Crystal Skillman, Daniella Topol, Emily DeVoti, Erica Gould, Gretchen Michelfeld, Heidi Handelsman, Jennifer Gibbs, Jennifer Kagan, Julie Kramer , Katherine Kovner, Kathryn Walat, Kay Matschullat, Lauren Keating, Lear deBessonet, Lucy Alibar, Lucy Thurber, Mallory Catlett, Maryna Harrison, Michele Aldin, Miriam Weiner, Peggy Stafford, Robin Rice Lichtig
and there’ll be more! so stay tuned! PLUS hosts & guests & artists on remote!
Visit the New Georges website for more details. I’m so excited by the amazing artists I’ll be working with, and hope you can check it out.
We made it through tech and our first week of previews. It was no easy task getting 3 directors, 30 actors, design team, crew and resident boat cat all on the same page, but we did it. And, the product is nothing short of magical. This show has surprises and rewards at every turn. I’m so excited for our audiences to experience it – and we’ve already played to sold out crowds that included NY actors Susan Sarandon, Reed Birney and Jay O. Sanders.