92nd Street Y Announces Fall Theater Lineup With Kern and Rodger and Hart

The 92nd Street Y Theater has announced their fall lineup. Events are as follows:

Mon, Sep 15, 8:15 pm, $27

FUNNY PEOPLE: Alan Zweibel in Conversation with Susie Essman

Alan Zweibel is an Emmy Award-winning writer, whose credits include Billy Crystal's hit one-man Broadway show 700 Sundays, the film The Story of Us and television hit Curb Your Enthusiasm (co-starring comedian Susie Essman, who joins him in conversation).  He is the author of the novel The Other Shulman and the forthcoming Clothing Optional: And Other Ways to Read These Stories (Villard, Sep 2008).

Mon, Nov 10, 8 pm, $19


Beginning this October, Theatre for a New Audience and the New York Theatre Workshop present legendary director Peter Brooks' staging of The Grand Inquisitor section of The Brothers Karamazov.  This 55-minute adaptation, by Brooks' longtime collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne, is performed by Bruce Myers, who has worked on its development for the past 10 years.  During its run, Jeffrey Horowitz, Artistic Director of Theatre for a New Audience, joins Myers and others at the Y to read excerpts from the production and discuss its themes.

Mon, Nov 17, 8 pm, $19

AN EVENING OF Virginia Woolf: The Waves

This November, Lincoln Center presents the American premiere of the stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel The Waves a literary experiment exploring loss, identity and love by following a group of friends from childhood to old age. Katie Mitchell's multimedia adaptation of Woolf's novel first premiered to sold-out acclaim at The National Theatre in London in December 2006; it was hailed by the city's Sunday Times as "spellbinding, sophisticated and moving."  Literary scholar Edward Mendelsohn leads a special evening of readings and conversation, joined by actors and collaborators from the Lincoln Center production.

Sat, Nov 22, 4-6 pm, $40


Jerome Kern

The New York-born son of German Jews, prolific songwriter Jerome Kern became one of the most influential musical theater composers of the 20th century. By the time of his death in 1945, his musicals, Showboat in particular, Kern's unique composition style – mixing harmonies, jazz inflections and memorable melodies – paved the way for the American musical theater art form. JOELLE WALLACH examines the contributions of this songwriter whose more than 700 compositions include such standards as "Ol' Man River," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," and "The Way You Look Tonight." This is the first of a two-part series, which continues on Sat Dec 13 with a look at Rodgers and Hart.

Sun, Dec 7, 8:15 pm, $27


Iris Bahr

Iris Bahr takes to the Y stage to perform her critically acclaimed one-woman show, which recreates the fast-paced world of a bustling Tel Aviv café moments before a suicide bombing. Brought to life through writer/performer Bahr's razor-sharp characterizations, members of all strata of Israeli society are captured in what are to be their final moments. A native New Yorker, Iris Bahr has been a sergeant in the Israeli army, a neuroscience researcher, a stand-up comedian and an actress who has appeared in the film Larry the Cable Guy and on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm and . She is the author of the memoir Dork Whore: My Travels through Asia as a Twenty Year Old Pseudo-Virgin.

Sat, Dec 13, 4-6 pm, $40



Having met as students at Columbia University in 1919, it took songwriting team Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart more than five years to get a big break in the musical theater world.   By the time of Hart's death in 1943, the duo completed nearly 30 musicals together, including Babes in Arms, The Boys from Syracuse and Pal Joey, each of which included songs that endured as standards for decades to come. JOELLE WALLACH examines the team responsible for such classic songs as "My Funny Valentine," "The Lady is a Tramp," "Isn't It Romantic?" and "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered."

Founded in 1874 by a group of visionary Jewish leaders, the 92nd Street Y has grown into a wide-ranging cultural, educational and community center serving people of all ages, races, faiths and backgrounds. The 92nd Street Y's mission is to enrich the lives of the over 300,000 people who visit in person each year as well as those who visit virtually, through the Y's satellite, television, radio and Internet broadcasts. The organization offers comprehensive performing arts, film and spoken word events; courses in the humanities, the arts, personal development and Jewish culture; activities and workshops for children, teenagers and parents; and health and fitness programs for people of every age. Committed to making its programs available to everyone, the 92nd Street Y awards nearly $1 million in scholarships annually and reaches out to more than 6,000 public school children through subsidized arts and science education programs. For more information, please visit

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