Does Theater Have a Future? The Players Look Forward… April 30, 2007

Edward Albee, playwright, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner; Rick Lombardo, director, and producing artistic director at New Repertory Theatre; Karen MacDonald, actress, founding member of American Repertory Theater. Moderated by arts critic Ed Siegel.

Monday, April 30
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Boston Public Library, Rabb Auditorium

“You need three things in the theater,” said Kenneth Haigh, “The play, the actors and the audience, and each must give something.” Today, with expanding options for at-home-entertainment, the theater is faced with increasing competition to attract the last, and perhaps, most important element – the audience. What is it that still draws millions every year to a darkened auditorium and a stage? What are writers, directors, and actors doing to bring in new generations of theater goers? Will we continue to make our way to Broadway and regional productions for decades (and centuries) to come? Tonight we are joined by playwright Edward Albee, producing artistic director Rick Lombardo, actress Karen MacDonald, and arts critic Ed Siegel to reflect on current and future directions of theater.

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