Julie Taymor Joins Drama Desk's 2014 Sardi's Luncheon Panel WHY SHAKESPEARE? WHY NOW?, 4/4

Julie Taymor Joins Drama Desk's 2014 Sardi's Luncheon Panel WHY SHAKESPEARE? WHY NOW?, 4/4

Award-winning director Julie Taymor will join the Drama Desk's "Why Shakespeare? Why Now?" panel discussion at Sardi's on Friday, April 4 (11:45 AM-2:30 PM), it was announced by Isa Goldberg, president of Drama Desk. Taymor will join previously announced panelists-actors Michael Pennington and Scott Shepherd and director Daniel Sullivan-in the lively discussion exploring the reasons why New York's current theater season has such a distinctive Shakespearean flavor. Carol Rocamora, an educator, critic, playwright, translator, and Drama Desk member will be the moderator.

Julie Taymor is a Tony Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated director whose productions range from musicals and plays to classical operas and films. From her groundbreaking production of The Lion King on Broadway to her spellbinding production of The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera, to the Golden Globe-nominated Beatles-inspired film Across the Universe, and her numerous adaptations of Shakespeare's work on both stage (Titus Andronicus, A Midsummer Night's Dream this season at TFANA) and screen (Titus, The Tempest), Taymor continues to ignite audiences with the originality of her vision.

New York's theater season has struck a welcome chord with both critics and audiences with the critically acclaimed Shakespeare's Globe productions of Twelfth Night, or What You Will and Richard III (in repertory at the Belasco Theater), Lincoln Center Theater's Macbeth, the Bard's The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare in the Park), King Lear and A Midsummer Night's Dream (both by Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn), and the Wooster Group's Cry, Trojans! (Troilus & Cressida). The other members of the panel have all distinguished themselves this season in these new productions of Shakespeare's works: British actor/director Michael Pennington (King Lear); Scott Shepherd (Cry, Trojans!, The Wooster Group's Troilus & Cressida); and director Daniel Sullivan (The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare in the Park). The Drama Desk's Spring Luncheon/Panel Discussion focusing on Shakespeare will take place at Sardi's Eugenia Room, 234 West 44th St., on Friday, April 4, will begin with the luncheon at 11:45 AM, followed by the panel discussion from 1:15-2:30 PM.

Tickets-$50 for Drama Desk members and $60 for non-members-may be purchased in advance at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/932325 or by calling (212) 352-3101. Drama Desk Awards, given annually in a number of categories, are the only major New York theater honors for which productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway compete against one another in the same category. Barbara Siegel is chairperson of the Drama Desk nominating committee.

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