THE PUBLIC THEATER ANNOUNCES EXCITING PUBLIC FORUM EVENT "HOW WE TELL STORIES — AND WHY." - MONDAY, APRIL 21
Frank Rich Joins Scott Z. Burns and Steven Soderbergh To Discuss the Power of Narratives and
Explore Questions Raised by the New Play The Library
March 27, 2014 – The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced an additional spring Public Forum, HOW WE TELL STORIES – AND WHY, on Monday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m. This one-night-only Public Forum event will feature Frank Rich sharing his insights on the ways that artists and journalists alike shape narratives, then joining writer Scott Z. Burns and director Steven Soderbergh for a conversation about the sometimes dangerous power of stories. This 90-minute event in the Newman Theater will be hosted by Public Forum Director Jeremy McCarter.
“Few people in public life have studied narratives—the ways that artists, journalists, and entire communities tell stories—with greater insight than Frank Rich,” said Jeremy McCarter. “I am thrilled to have him join Scott Burns and Steven Soderbergh for a conversation about why Americans are so eager to tell each other tales, and to believe them.”
Member tickets for the Public Forum, HOW WE TELL STORIES – AND WHY, are on sale now. Single tickets, starting at $40, go on sale Saturday, March 29 and can be purchased at (212) 967 7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at 425 Lafayette Street. The Library restaurant at The Public is open nightly for food and drinks, beginning at 5:30 p.m., with brunch on select weekends, and Joe’s Pub at The Public continues to offer some of the best music in the city.
In Scott Z. Burns’ THE LIBRARY currently running at The Public Theater, Caitlin Gabriel survives a deadly shooting at her high school. After this traumatic event, she struggles to tell her story to her parents, the authorities and anyone who will listen. But there are other narratives that gain purchase in the media and paint her in a different light. This bold and chilling new play asks us to examine our relationship to the truth and the lies that claim to heal us.
The next spring Public Forum will be Sarah Lewis: Pictures and Progress on Monday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. in Joe’s Pub. Author Sarah Lewis, playwright José Rivera, and photographer Carrie Mae Weems will discuss Frederick Douglass’s seminal lecture “Pictures and Progress” and the lessons contemporary artists should take from it. The spring Drama Club season concludes on Sunday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Joe’s Pub with a reading and discussion of Susan Glaspell’s timely one-act play, The People, featuring a special cast comprised entirely of our leading political journalists, including David Brooks (The New York Times), Christopher Hayes (MSNBC), and many more.