New York Theatre Workshop Announces CASEBOOK Program

New York Theatre Workshop Announces CASEBOOK Program

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director William Russo have announced that NYTW's production of Sontag: Reborn will serve as the 2012-13 Season Casebook study, which will allow the general audience unprecedented access to the artists and process involved in the creation of a new work as it happens. Casebook - The Making of Sontag: Reborn will take place on 10 consecutive Tuesday evenings starting April 2, 2013. Sontag: Reborn is produced in collaboration with The Builders Association and is based on the book by Susan Sontag and edited by David Rieff, adapted & performed by Moe Angelos and directed by Marianne Weems.

Facilitated by the NYTW Artistic staff, class participants will follow Sontag: Reborn from the beginning of the process through production. Sessions will include conversations with the adapter/performer, director, designers, and other Builders Association staff and artists, to give participants a window into the company's unique process and philosophy of integrating media technology and theatre. Sessions will also include meetings with NYTW staff members who will lead conversations in topics including marketing, fundraising and artistic leadership. Class participants will have the opportunity to observe a rehearsal in progress, engage with the collaborators, and tour the stage to see the inner workings of the set and video construction up close. Each session will include opportunities for in-depth discussion and exploration of the process of making a theatre piece adapted from the journals of intellectual figure Susan Sontag. In culmination, the class will attend an early preview performance of the show followed by a special post-show discussion, and come back for Opening Night to see the final production and celebrate with the collaborators. This class is appropriate for theatre lovers of all experience levels who want a true insider's view of the life of a theatre artist and the process of realizing a full professional production.

Casebook: The Making of Sontag: Reborn
April 2- May 28 (plus attendance at Opening Night, Thursday, June 6)
Guest moderators and artists include:
James C. Nicola, NYTW Artistic Director, Linda Chapman, NYTW Associate Artistic Director, Marianne Weems, Builders Association Artistic Director and director of Sontag: Reborn, Moe Angelos, Adapter/Performer, and more to be announced.

Tuition is $300 for NYTW Members / $350 for Non-Members.

Schedule of Sessions (subject to change)

April 2 Introduction to Artist Development at NYTW
April 9 The Builders Association
April 16 Adaptation & Susan Sontag's Journals
April 23 NYTW Management
April 30 Solo Performance
May 7 Observing the Rehearsal Process
May 14 Directing
May 21 Design
May 28 Preview Performance with Post-Show Discussion
June 6 Opening Night and Reception

In addition to Casebook, NYTW is now also offering a range of master classes. NYTW is currently offering an eight-week workshop led by Jackie Sibblies Drury called Sense Memory: Finding Inspiration and Writing for Performance, April 3 - May 22. This Master Class will explore methods for using our senses both to inspire our writing and to create plays that engage an audience's faculties and imagination.

For more information on Casebook or master classes, please visit or email

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