Want a front row seat and inside scoop from some of your favorite Broadway stars? The Drama League has announced their Fall 2015 Schedule of events and workshops at the Drama League Theater Center (32 Avenue of the Americas) in Tribeca.
Highlights include intimate evenings with 2015 Tony Award winners Christian Borle (Something Rotten!), and Lisa Kron (Fun Home), and Julie White (Airline Highway), in a conversation hosted by Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford (You Can’t Take It With You), her co-star in the upcoming Broadway production of Sylvia.
The Drama League will also host a once-in-a-lifetime workshop for actors with the acclaimed British ensemble Frantic Assembly, who created the stunning movement and choreography for the Tony-winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; a conversation with Tony Award nominee Max Von Essen (An American in Paris); and the return of DirectorFest, the annual short play festival featuring the work of America’s most exciting new directors.
This fall, The Drama League will also offer over 50 special performances on Broadway and Off-Broadway, as well as open rehearsals, artist residencies, play readings, excursions to London’s West End, and more.
UP CLOSE SERIES
Christian Borle in ‘Something Rotten’ (photo: Joan Marcus)
Up Close: Christian Borle
Moderated by Rick Elice
Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Christian Borle takes a break from his Tony® winning turn as William Shakespeare in this season’s smash hit Something Rotten! to join us for a fun filled evening. Mr. Borle’s career spans stage and screen, having previously starred in the hit NBC musical drama Smash and the fantastically inventive Peter and the Starcatcher, for which he won his first Tony®. Other Broadway acting credits include Legally Blonde, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, and more. He joins us to discuss his prolific career and what it takes to pull off being the rock star Bard eight performances a week. This special event will be moderated by Peter and the Starcatcher playwright, Tony® Award nominee Rick Elice.
Up Close: Max von Essen
Monday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Max von Essen is currently appearing as Henri Baurel in the award-winning An American in Paris, a role which earned him a 2015 Tony® Award Nomination for best performance by an actor in a featured role. He previously appeared on Broadway in the 2012 revival of Evita as Agustin Magaldi. His other credits include the closing company of the original Les Miserables, performing the role of Enjolras in the first revival of Les Miserables, and making his debut in the first revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. Join us as he discusses his career, current and upcoming projects!
(l to r) ‘Fun Home”s Lisa Kron (Book and Lyrics), Sam Gold (Director), and Jeanine Tesori (Music) (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)
Up Close: Lisa Kron
Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Lisa Kron is a Tony winning writer and performer. This year, she and her writing partner Jeanine Tesori made history as the very first all-female writing teams to win the Tony® Award for a musical score, with their groundbreaking show and Best Musical Tony® winner, Fun Home. Lisa’s last outing on Broadway was her acclaimed autobiographical work, Well, which she wrote, and for which she was nominated for a performance Tony® in the starring role. She was most recently seen on the New York stage as Mrs. Mi-Tzu and Mrs. Yang in the Foundry Theater’s acclaimed production of Good Person of Szechuan. She will join us to discuss her 30-year career in New York, and what will follow the smash success of Fun Home.
Up Close: Julie White
Moderated by Annaleigh Ashford
Monday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m.
The hilarious Julie White returns to Broadway this season in the canine comedy, Sylvia. Her other Broadway credits include The Little Dog Laughed, for which she won a Tony® Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, Airline Highway, Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike, and Ann. She is also beloved for her characters on screen, including TV’s “Grace Under Fire”, “Nurse Jackie” and the “Transformers” film franhise. She will join us to discuss her extensive career on stage and screen and discuss her upcoming projects. This event will be moderated by her puppy co-star in Sylvia, Tony Award winner, Annaleigh Ashford.