POSTPONED: PEN World Voices: International Play Festival: Adrienne Kennedy Evening

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May 4 @ 6:30 pm
Segal Theater
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Monday, May 4
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Readings + Panel

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served


Adrienne Kennedy overlooking the Hudson from her apartment on 89th Street, Riverside Drive. Photo Courtesy of Artist.

Join us for an evening honoring the work of legendary African-American
playwright Adrienne Kennedy. Michael Kahn will direct readings from Kennedy’s
auto-biographical work People Who Led to My Plays, and her 1965 play The Owl
Answers. With Michael Kahn, Anne Cattaneo, et al.

Adrienne Kennedy (born 1931) is an American playwright, best known for
Funnyhouse of a Negro, which premiered in 1964 and won an Obie Award. Her
work expresses poetic alienation, while transcending the particulars of character
and plot through ritualistic repetition and radical structural experimentation. She
won a lifetime Obie and was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2018.
Kennedy is noted for the use of surrealism in her plays, which are often openly
structured and symbolic, drawing on mythical, historical, and imaginary figures to
depict and explore the African-American experience. In 2006, Kennedy received
the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a Master
American Dramatist.

Michael Kahn is an American theatre director and drama educator. He has,
since 1986, been the Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in
Washington, D.C. He held the position of Richard Rodgers Director of the Drama
Division of the Juilliard School from 1992 to 2006. After beginning his career
Off-Off-Broadway in 1964, Kahn won acclaim for Broadway productions like The
Royal Family (1975) and Show Boat (1983). He joined the Juilliard School’s faculty
in 1968, becoming the head of its drama school. During his long tenure as artistic
director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, in Washington DC. Kahn has
overseen its growth, including initiating its Free For All productions. He has also
acted as artistic director for several other companies, continued to direct regional
theatre and opera, and received various awards and honors.

Anne Cattaneo is the dramaturg of Lincoln Center Theater and the creator of
the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. A three term past president of Literary
Mangers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, she is the recipient of LMDA’s first
Lessing Award for lifetime achievement of dramaturgy. In 2011, she was awarded
the Margo Jones Medal. Cattaneo is the Co-Executive Editor
of the Lincoln Center Theater Review.

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