from the Footlights
NOVEMber 2007 “Life shouldn’t be all work and no plays.”
Irish Theatre and McPherson’s
Irish theatre (home of such literary giants and Nobel winners as Yeats, Shaw, and Beckett) will be explored in general by Footlights speakers Linda ni Mhuireadhaigh, Artistic Director at Solas Nua as well as examined in particular by Danielle Mages Amato, Literary Manager and Dramaturg, who will discuss Studio Theatre’s upcoming production of Footlights’ November play, Shining City by Conor McPherson. Robin Larkin will moderate.
is described as “A remarkable meditation on regret, guilt and confusion.”
The play is set entirely within the
NY Times theatre critic, Ben Brantley,
reviewing a recent production considered
Footlights has discussed another of McPherson’s plays, The Weir, which we saw at the former Round House facility. Now we have an opportunity to explore his recent play, Shining City, within the context of Irish theatre in general.
Nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play 2006,
in the Willoughby Apartments,
Contact Mark Gruenberg to reserve for dinner, 202-898-4825 or [email protected]. If you later find you must cancel your dinner reservation, please let Mark know by noon on Tuesday, November 13 so we can give an accurate count of dinner reservations to the restaurant.
Reading Shining City:
by Conor McPherson can be obtained at Backstage Books (202-544-5744),
Shining City at Studio Theatre: On Sunday, November 18 at 2 p.m., Footlights will be attending the Studio Theatre production of
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Footlights Discussion December 18: Footlights will discuss Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth on December 18. Our guests will be Rahaleh Nassri, the director, and Scott McCormick, one of the leads in the play. Jerry Stilkind will moderate.
opening on Broadway in 1942, The Skin
of Our Teeth, held one of its trial runs
This play gave Wilder his second Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1943 - - a time when the U.S. (and Great Britain) had just come through the Great Depression and less than a year after Pearl Harbor and the Nazi conquest of almost all of Europe, when democracy would be lucky if it came through by the skin of its teeth.
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• Tuesday, November 13 - - Please arrive by 6:15 p.m. for dinner discussion of Conor McPherson’s Shining City at Alfio’s, in the Willoughby Apartments, 4515 Willard Ave., Chevy Chase, MD.
• Sunday, November 18, 2 p.m. - - Performance of Shining City at Studio Theatre. Tickets are $40; includes postshow discussion.
Tuesday, December 18 - -
Please arrive by 6:15 p.m. for dinner discussion of Thornton Wilder’s
The Skin of Our Teeth.
at Alfio’s, in the Willoughby Apartments, 4515 Willard Ave.,
• Date to be announced - - Performance of The Skin of Our Teeth at Rorschach Theatre includes post show discussion.
Dinner-discussion reservations: Reserve with Mark Gruenberg, 202-898-4825 or [email protected].
Robin Larkin, 240-669-6300 or [email protected]. Make check payable to
Footlights. Send to Robin
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