Brian DÂ'Arcy James, Richard Thomas, and More Set for Lapham's Quarterly's POLITICS Concert at Joe's Pub, 10/15
Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis, Brian D'Arcy James, Richard Thomas, Bryce Pinkham, Jay O. Sanders, Ari Graynor, Katherine Waterston, Emily Young, Oliver Platt, Justin Levine and Heath Calvert and Lapham's Quarterly Editor Lewis Lapham will celebrate the release of Lapham's Quarterly's new POLITICS issue on Monday, October 15 at 7:00 PM at Joe's Pub at The Public. The evening will feature songs and selected readings centered on politics, money and power. Limited tickets to the one-night-only event are $20 and on sale now at (212) 967-7555 or http://www.joespub.com/.
For a single memorable night, actors from stage and screen will gather to perform some of the greatest ruminations on power and money from writers such as Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and Aristophanes. Lapham's Quarterly takes as it mission the importance of understanding history as our greatest legacy, and with the fall elections around the corner, these wise and lively voices of the past have much to tell us. The evening will be hosted by Lewis Lapham and the emcee will be Oskar Eustis.
Readings include: Oliver Platt reading H. L. Mencken; Ari Graynor, Katherine Waterston and Emily Young reading a scene from Lysistrata by Aristophanes; Richard Thomas reading Timon of Athens; Brian d'Arcy James reading Campaign Promises by Mark Twain; Bryce Pinkham reading from Monty Python and the Holy Grail; Jay O. Sanders reading from Julius Caesar; Justin Levine, Heath Calvert and Emily Young singing "Rich People" from Michael Friedman and Alex Timber's adaptation of Love's Labors Lost and Justin Levine singing David Byrnes' "God Draws Straight" from Here Lies Love.
Oskar Eustis is the Artistic Director of The Public Theater and has worked as a director, dramaturg, and artistic director for theaters around the country. Throughout his career, Eustis has been dedicated to the development of new plays as both a director and a producer. At The Public he directed the New York premiere of Rinne Groff's The Ruby Sunrise and Hamlet. He is currently directing Rinne Groff's Compulsion with Mandy Patinkin which will open at The Public in February. He commissioned Tony Kushner's Angels in America at the Eureka Theatre Company in San Francisco and directed its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum. Eustis was the lead producer on the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair and the acclaimed rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway and is the lead producer on the current acclaimed production of The Merchant of Venice.
LEWIS H. LAPHAM is the founder and editor of Lapham's Quarterly, which has been called "lavishly detailed, handsomely produced, and conceptually brilliant" by Vanity Fair. He is the editor emeritus of Harper's Magazine and was inducted into the American Society of Magazine Editors Hall of Fame in 2007. He is the author of 13 books, among them Money and Class in America, The Wish for Kings, Waiting for the Barbarians and Theater of War.
LAPHAM'S QUARTERLY was founded by Lewis Lapham in 2007 after serving as editor in chief of Harper's Magazine for more than 30 years. Each issue of Lapham's Quarterly explores a single theme-war, money, nature, education-to provide a broad range of historical perspectives from approximately 100 "Voices in Time." It is published by the American Agora Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to fostering an interest in - and developing an acquaintance with - history. The American Agora Foundation was created with the purpose of funding Lapham's Quarterly, as well as other projects that promote an understanding and appreciation of history. Lapham's Quarterly's unique thematic format and its incorporation of four millennia of literature, art, and discourse allow for the magazine to become part of a broader historical discussion and, additionally, to further American Agora's own educational mission. It is the goal of the American Agora Foundation and of Lapham's Quarterly to add to the teaching resources of the educational community and to bring a love of history to a new generation of citizens.
ABOUT JOE'S PUB AT The Public Theater: Joe's Pub is one of New York City's most celebrated and in-demand showcase venues for live music and performance. With its genre-blind booking and commitment to diversity and artist development, the stage at Joe's Pub has welcomed both world-class legends and emerging talent. Amy Winehouse, Adele and Michael Kiwanuka are just a few of the artists who made their US debut on the Joe's Pub stage. Open seven days a week and regularly hosting as many as three shows a night, Joe's Pub offers dinner and drink service during every performance with a menu developed by The Public Theater's chef-in-residence Andrew Carmellini. www.joespub.com
ABOUT The Public Theater AT ASTOR PLACE: Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public Theater is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare and the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day. Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today the Company engages audiences in a variety of venues-including its landmark downtown home at Astor Place, which houses five theaters and Joe's Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to its beloved, free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City's five boroughs. The Public's wide range of programming includes free Shakespeare in the Park, the bedrock of the Company's dedication to making theater accessible to all, new and experimental stagings at The Public at Astor Place, and a range of artist and audience development initiatives including its Public Forum series, which brings together theater artists and professionals from a variety of disciplines for discussions that shed light on social issues explored in Public productions. The Public Theater is located on property owned by the City of New York and receives annual support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. www.publictheater.org