Tom Stoppard to Appear 2/14 for LCT's Platform Series

Lincoln Center Theater's Platform Series will continue its 2006-2007 season on Wednesday, February 14, from 5:00 to 6:15 pm at the Kaplan Penthouse (10th floor of the Rose Building, 165 West 65 Street) with a pre-performance talk with the Tony, Olivier and Oscar winning playwright, Tom Stoppard, whose trilogy, The Coast of Utopia, is playing at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.  (Part Three – Salvage opens Sunday, February 18.) 

Admission is free and open to all; however, seating is limited.  Admission passes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 4:00 at the entrance to the Rose Building

LCT's Platform Series is a forum for public discussion between Lincoln Center Theater artists and interested theatergoers.  Platform Series events take place between the matinee and evening shows on Wednesdays.  (Speakers and schedules are subject to change.  Call 212-362-7600 to confirm on the day of the event.)

In addition to The Coast of Utopia, Lincoln Center Theater has produced the award-winning productions of Stoppard's Hapgood, The Invention of Love and Arcadia.

Stoppard was introduced to New York audiences with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1967), followed by Jumpers, The Real Inspector Hound, Travesties, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (with Andre Previn), Dirty Linen, Night and Day, The Real Thing, Artist Descending a Staircase, Hapgood, Arcadia and The Invention of Love.  Other plays include Indian Ink and After Magritte.  His plays have won four Tony Awards, seven London Evening Standard Awards and an Olivier Award.  His newest play Rock 'n' Roll recently opened in London.  The Coast of Utopia, which premiered in London in 2002, will open in Moscow early next year. 

Translations and adaptations include Undiscovered Country (Schnitzler), Dalliance (Schnitzler), On the Razzle (Nestroy), Rough Crossing (Molnar), The Seagull (Chekhov), Henry IV (Pirandello) and Heroes (Siblryras).  He has also written for radio, TV and film.  His screenplays as writer and co-writer include Brazil, Empire of the Sun, The Russia House, Billy Bathgate, Enigma, and Shakespeare in Love, which won several awards including an Oscar and BAFTA Award.  He directed his own screenplay of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.  His plays are published by Faber & Faber Ltd and in the USA by Grove Atlantic.

Lincoln Center Theater's Platform Series was introduced in the summer of 1998.  Transcripts of the previous talks are available on-line at www.lct.org.

Photo by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

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