Working Theatre Announces Reading of US Poet US Poet Laureate Philip Levine, 5/7


Working Theater has announced a reading of the poetry of US Poet Laureate Philip Levine. Readers include Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides and performers André De Shields, Gene Gillette and Lisa Ramirez on May 7th at 7pm at the SEIU 32BJ building at 25 West 18th Street, on the 5th floor. Reception with artists to follow.

Philip Levine’s poetry explores and extols the world of working people. Many set against the rusting background of Detroit, (Mr. Levine’s birthplace) his poems give voice to the unemployed, the overworked, and the financially beaten.

Mr. Levine has been named this year’s US Poet Laureate. He has also been honored with numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1995, the National Book Award for Poetry in both 1991 and 1980, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Modern Poetry Association and the American Council for the Arts, the Levinson Prize, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, Frank O'Hara Prize and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

Mr. Levine’s twenty-one published collections of poetry include What Work Is, News of the World, One for the Rose, Breath, and The Mercy.

Jeffrey Eugenides won the Pulitzer-Prize in 2003 for his second novel Middlesex, for which he was also awarded the WELT-Literaturpreis of Germany and the Great Lakes Book Award.
His first novel, The Virgin Suicides, published in 1993 received high-praise and was adapted to film in 1999 by Sophia Coppola. And his most recent book, The Marriage Plot, has met with critical acclaim, a billboard in Times Square and reached the #2 position on the New York Times Best Seller List.

Like Mr. Levine, Mr. Eugenides grew up in Detroit during its painstaking deflation and Middlesex portrays the struggles of a single immigrant family through several decades in the city.
Now in its 27th season, Working Theater is New York's only professional Off-Broadway theatre company dedicated to producing plays for and about the working men and women of New York. Past productions include Lisa Ramirez's play about nannies, EXIT CUCKOO directed by Colman Domingo; Roberto Aguirre Sacasa's KING OF SHADOWS Stephanie Zadravec's Honey Brown EYES; Israel Horovitz's HENRY LUMPER ; and Rob Ackerman’s CALL ME WALDO, TABLETOP, and DISCONNECT.
Scheduled for the evening of May 7th at 7pm, the reading will take place at the SEIU 32BJ building at 25 West 18th Street, on the 5th floor.

Tickets are $15 at or by calling 212.868.4444.

For more information call 212-244-3300, or visit

André De Shields has distinguished himself as an  actor, director, choreographer and educator in a career spanning more than forty years. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, who then went to college at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Mr. De Shields is the recipient of the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award and the coveted Village Voice OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. He is best known for his performances in the original Broadway productions of four legendary musicals: The Full Monty, for which he received Tony, Drama Desk and Astaire Award nominations, in addition to both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards; Play On! (Tony nomination), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Emmy Award) and The Wiz (title role). In the classical tradition, he has distinguished himself in the title role of King Lear at both the Classical Theatre of Harlem and the Folger Shakespeare Library and in the Red Bull Theater’s production of The Witch of Edmonton. His most recent work includes a critically acclaimed turn as Mr. Applegate (the Devil) in Damn Yankees at the John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport and an AUDELCO AWARD winning performance as Dr. W. E. B. DuBois in the New Federal Theatre production of Knock Me A Kiss. He has just returned from performing in Tennessee William’s Camino Real at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

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