WYNN PLACE SHOW: All-Star Panel and Book Signing (FREE)
A celebration of legendary acting teacher Wynn Handman and The American Place Theatre.
Actress KATHLEEN CHALFANT, producer WOODIE KING JR. and writer/director EMILY MANN will join author JEREMY GERARD and WYNN HANDMAN to discuss the new book WYNN PLACE SHOW: A Biased History of the Rollicking Life & Extreme Times of Wynn Handman and The American Place Theatre.
The first "downtown" theater to put down stakes in the Broadway Theater District, the multiple-Obie-winning American Place was New York's boldest company beginning in the mid-1960s. Future stars FRANK LANGELLA, DUSTIN HOFFMAN, FAYE DUNAWAY, RICHARD GERE, MICHAEL DOUGLAS, OLYMPIA DUKAKIS, JOEL GREY, MORGAN FREEMAN, MARIAN SELDES, ERIC BOGOSIAN, BILL IRWIN and JOHN LEGUIZAMO, among many others, did their important early work in new plays by SAM SHEPARD, RONALD RIBMAN, JULES FEIFFER, JONATHAN REYNOLDS and others. Equal parts drama history and oral history, WYNN PLACE SHOW features an introduction by Leguizamo, dozens of interviews with the people who made The American Place so exciting, and Martha Holmes's peerless photographs of the young stars from that time.
Author JEREMY GERARD has covered the American theater as reporter, critic and columnist for more than 30 years, most recently as chief drama critic for Bloomberg News. Earlier, he was the chief critic and New York bureau chief for Variety and the Broadway reporter for the New York Times. A past president of the New York Drama Critics Circle, he has chaired the jury for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and been a guest judge for many other awards.
"Jeremy Gerard's Wynn Place Show is a robust account of Wynn Handman, the big-hearted and big-visioned acting teacher turned theatrical impresario who founded The American Place Theatre and fought the good fight for a more dynamic, literate, and progressive American theatre. Lively and well-informed, Gerard's book bears fascinating witness to theatrical times gone by and sheds long overdue light on Handman's grace and his gift." —JOHN LAHR, The New Yorker magazine
"If this were a biased history of The American Place Theatre and Wynn Handman, as Jeremy Gerard claims in the title, Wynn Place Show would be only half as good as it actually is. But the world of drama as conceived by Wynn gets its full due in this devoted and observant report, absent the least bit of bias. The students Wynn trained a good many of those who directed them have three things uniting them: their chosen careers, their unique talents, and the man who nurtured those talents and helped braid the humanity, attitude, and eccentricity into the life force each of them became." —NORMAN LEAR, film and television producer, founder, People for the American Way
WYNN PLACE SHOW: A Biased History of the Rollicking Life & Extreme Times of Wynn Handman and The American Place Theatre Smith and Kraus Publishers, Dec. 2013 227 pages; $24.95 (paper), $50.00 (hardcover)
If you would like a signed copy of the book but are unable to attend the event we would be delighted to try to accommodate you. Please call (212) 944-0595, option 3.
Location: Street: The DRAMA BOOK SHOP, Inc. Additional: 250 West 40th Street City: New York, Province: New York Postal Code: 10018-1511 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)