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Celebrating 100 Years of Clifford Odets

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Jun 5, 2006
Jun 5, 2006
Proshansky Auditorium
Clifford Odets Courtesy of Lilly Library at Indiana University

Clifford Odets
Courtesy of Lilly Library at
Indiana University

Join us for a day-long celebration of Clifford Odets’s 100th birthday. Odets has been called the most distinctive and significant American playwright of the 1930s, and his body of work remains a lasting contribution to the American theatre. Born in Philadelphia, in 1906, he began his career as a writer of radio plays and a bit actor in stock companies. In 1931 he joined the famed Group Theatre. His works include Waiting for Lefty, Awake and Sing!, Paradise Lost, Rocket to the Moon, and Golden Boy. He worked as a screenwriter in Los Angeles, where he died in 1963. Harold Clurman wrote: “No American playwright since O’Neill has been more greatly gifted than Odets.” With authors and Odets scholars Hal Cantor, Ellen Schiff, Gabriel Miller, and Christopher Herr. Also directors and playwrights Steve Lawson and Daniel Fish, and Group Theatre experts Wendy Smith and Matthew Andrews, and many other theatre artists.

In collaboration with the Center for Jewish History and the American Jewish Historical Society and the Center for Jewish Studies.

Downlad a copy of the Odets Celebration program here as a Word Document or PDF.


Daytime Film and Symposium

10:00 am —6 pm, Monday, June 5, 2006, Proshansky Auditorium

10 am
Screening of Broadway Dreamers: The Legacy of the Group Theatre, PBS, 1989, American Masters Series
Panel Discussion—Odets and the Group Theatre
12 pm
1:30 pm
Dr. Morris Dickstein: Clifford’s Progeny
2:00-6 pm
Symposium with theatre artists and academics
Odets later plays; Hollywood and Politics

Proshansky Auditorium
Res. Code. 6965. Free

Evening Celebration

6:30 pm—8 pm, Monday, June 5, 2006

Readings of scenes from Odets’s plays, the film of Odets’s last TV interview, and an excerpt from I Can’t Sleep, Steve Lawson’s adaptation of Odets’s 1940 journal, The Time Is Ripe.

Proshansky Auditorium
Res. Code. 6783. Free Clifford Odets