Staging Wilder - A Live Stream Conversation April 24, 2017 at 7pm ET
As Hello, Dolly! returns to Broadway, The Wilder Family and Samuel French present a conversation on staging Thornton Wilder’s works with directors Abigail Adams (Peoples Light), Theater For A New Audience’s Arin Arbus, the Geva Theater’s Mark Cuddy, and Columbia University’s Gregory Mosher. The live streamed conversation will be moderated by journalist and theater critic Mark Blankenship, Editor of TDF Stages. The panel discussion will be held in the Samuel French Event Space on Monday, April 24 at 7 PM ET. Facebook will host the live stream, CLICK HERE TO WATCH.
The event, produced in partnership with The Thornton Wilder Society, is part of a series of special conversations celebrating a year of notable Wilder anniversaries, productions and publications including— the 75th anniversary of Pulitzer Prize-winning The Skin of Our Teeth (1943), the 50th anniversary of The Eighth Day (National Book Award 1968), Theatre For A New Audience’s critically acclaimed production of The Skin of Our Teeth, the musical adaptation of his play The Matchmaker, Hello, Dolly! currently on Broadway, and the publications of the definitive acting edition of The Matchmaker by Samuel French and the first-ever single trade volume of The Matchmaker by HarperCollins.
Tappan Wilder, Wilder's nephew and executor of his uncle's literary estate, said, "Thornton Wilder wrote to his family from Douglas, AZ, his 20-month writing hideout in late 1962 saying, ‘I've got one big talent. I listen to what said to me. It's ra-a-a-re.’ I believe it fair to say that there's a lively renaissance of interest in Thornton Wilder's work. Today's readers and audiences are finding levels of entertainment and messages that speak to them that they had perhaps missed before. The time is ripe, we think, to listen with ca-a-a re to what we each have to say about Thornton Wilder. We look forward to a stimulating conversation and encourage everyone to join in."