Obie Award-winning playwright Adam Rapp, along with Joan E. Bertin (Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Censorship) and Brett Gary (Associate Professor at New York University) will discuss "The Real Story Behind THE METAL CHILDREN: Censorship and Literature" at a public forum presented by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Vineyard Theatre and Barnes & Noble Booksellers on Friday, June 11 at 6:00pm at Barnes & Noble Union Square (33 East 17 Street - 4th Floor) in Manhattan. Newsweek's Jeremy McCarter will moderate.

The event is free and open to the general public.

Using Adam Rapp's personal experience as a starting point - Muhlenberg High School's school board confiscated and removed his young adult novel "The Buffalo Tree" from the curriculum in 2005; an event that became the inspiration for his play, THE METAL CHILDREN - Joan E. Bertin of the National Coalition Against Censorship, NYU Professor Brett Gary and Mr. Rapp himself, with moderator Jeremy McCarter of Newsweek, will discuss the larger implications of censoring literature both in the classroom and beyond.

The panel discussion at Barnes & Noble is being presented in conjunction with Vineyard Theatre's world premiere production of Adam Rapp's play THE METAL CHILDREN - which can be seen at The Vineyard (108 East 15th Street - between Union Sq. East and Irving Place) through June 13th.

THE METAL CHILDREN is a timely drama about a New York writer and his explosive encounter with a small American town to which he travels in order to defend one of his young adult novels, which has been banned by the local school board. The controversy ignites heated emotions over religious beliefs and censorship.

Directed by Adam Rapp, the cast of THE METAL CHILDREN features Betsy Aidem, Connor Barrett, Susan Blommaert, Guy Boyd, Billy Crudup, David Greenspan, Halley Wegryn Gross, Jessy Hodges and Phoebe Strole.

Billy Crudup made his professional stage debut at Vineyard Theatre in 1994 in Chiori Miyagawa's play AMERICA DREAMING, directed by Michael Mayer. He won a Tony Award for his performance in Tom Stoppard's THE COAST OF UTOPIA, and also starred on Broadway in THE PILLOWMAN, THE ELEPHANT MAN and ARCADIA. The Obie Award-winning actor and playwright David Greenspan recently appeared Off-Broadway in THE MYOPIA and CORALINE (for which he also wrote the book). He has won Obies for SOME MEN, Goethe's FAUST, THE BOYS IN THE BAND, and received the Obie for "Sustained Achievement" earlier this year. Guy Boyd appeared on Broadway in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, SEX AND LONGING and ROSE. Betsy Aidem appeared at Vineyard Theatre in Mary Rose, and elsewhere Off-Broadway in A LIE OF THE MIND, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, PERA PALAS and BALM IN GILEAD. Susan Blommaert has appeared on Broadway in the 2007 revival of GREASE and at The Vineyard in Mary Rose. Connor Barrett appeared in Adam Rapp's play FINER NOBLE GASES. Jessy Hodges has appeared in over a dozen episodes of "Anyone but Me." Halley Wegryn Gross has appeared on the TV series "The Book of Daniel" and several episodes of "The Good Wife," as well as Off-Broadway in THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE and HURLYBURLY. Phoebe Strole appeared on and off Broadway in SPRING AWAKENING and MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA.

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