PCNY Member Experience Spring 2020


The American Theater: An Insider’s Perspective with Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director ofWilliamstown Theatre Festival MONDAY, MARCH 30, 6:30PM WINE RECEPTION, 7:00PM DISCUSSION Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF) Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield will discuss the American theatrical landscape and the process of creating world-premiere work for the stage inWilliamstown, on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and beyond. Greenfield will be joined by Adam Rapp (playwright of The Sound Inside ), Bess Wohl (playwright of Grand Horizons ), Robert O’Hara (director of A Raisin in the Sun , Slave Play , and the upcoming revival of A Streetcar Named Desire at WTF), and David Cromer (director of The Sound Inside and The Band’s Visit ). For 65 years,Williamstown Theatre Festival, a recipient of the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, has brought emerging and professional theater artists together to create a thrilling summer festival of world-premiere work alongside fresh, new revivals. Under Greenfield,WTF commissions, develops, and produces new plays and musicals, many of which go on to fill theaters around the world.WTF is represented this season on Broadway, Off- Broadway, and regionally by The Sound Inside, The Rose Tattoo , Grand Horizons , Seared , Selling Kabul , Unknown Soldier , and Lempicka , among others. At WTF, Greenfield expanded the New Play Development initiatives with the establishment of a New Play and Musical Commissioning Program.The works she has commissioned, developed, and produced have garnered every major theatrical honor including the Pulitzer Prize,Tony Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Drama Desk Award, Obie Award, and the Kleban Prize. Greenfield is a graduate of Yale University and serves on the Advisory Board of the Drama League. Members: Free; Guests: $15. The Williams Club and The Princeton Club of NewYork proudly co-host this event. In Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth ofWaltWhitman: Oscar &Walt TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 6:30PM WINE RECEPTION, 7:00PM PERFORMANCE Cultures clash, egos flare, words fly, and secrets emerge as Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde, two of the greatest writers of the 19th century – one nearing the end of his career, the other just beginning – come face-to-face in Donald Steven Olson’s new play, Oscar &Walt . In this play, Director Mark Nadler re-creates an actual encounter that took place in 1882 between 62-year-oldWhitman and 28-year-oldWilde.Winner of the 2019 “Best Full-Length Play” award from the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights / City of West Hollywood Pride Reading Festival, Oscar &Walt premiered in Rome in October 2019 in a production by the English Theatre of Rome. Oscar &Walt will feature JackWetherall as Walt Whitman, Nick Giedris as Oscar Wilde, and Alyssa Simon as LouisaWhitman. Host Rocco Staino. Members: Free; Guests: $15. Robert Frost returns to the stage in A.M. Dolan’s This Verse Business . Played by Emmy-winning actor Gordon Clapp, Frost’s performance is heard afresh and his great wit is witnessed once more in Clapp’s critically acclaimed performance. Robert Frost, who barded around the country for nearly half a century, shares his poetry from memory, including his dramatic masterpiece,“The Death of the Hired Man,” and his witty, wild surmises on religion, science, politics, and art. He’s the rascally platform performer, and then later, the artist at home, alluding to family and believing his next poem into existence. Gordon Clapp, (Williams ’71), is best known for 12 seasons on NBC’s NYPD Blue as Detective Greg Medavoy, and was nominated for a Tony Award in Glengarry Glen Ross . He assumes the role of Judge Taylor on Broadway in To Kill A Mockingbird this March. A native of New Hampshire, Clapp has had Frost in his pocket for 50 years. Members: Free; Guests: $15. The Williams Club and The Princeton Club of NewYork proudly co-host this event. Robert Frost: This Verse Business MONDAY, MAY 11, 6:30PM WINE RECEPTION, 7:00PM PERFORMANCE


American Classical Orchestra presents: Viento Caliente FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 6:30PM DOORS OPEN, 7:00PM CONCERT, 8:00PM WINE RECEPTION AND MEET-AND-GREETWITH THE MUSICIANS:

Horacio Franco , Recorder Stephanie Corwin , Bassoon Karen Dekker and RachellWong ,Violin

Mandy Greenfield

Maureen Murchie ,Viola David Bakamjian , Cello Thomas Crawford , Harpsichord

Join us for an evening of virtuoso concertos played by the American Classical Orchestra (ACO), NewYork’s leading period instrument orchestra. Firebrand recorder player Horacio Franco will be accompanied by strings and harpsichord, and distinguished bassoonist Stephanie Corwin will perform a lively Vivaldi concerto. Works by Telemann, Albinoni, and LeClair complete this exciting program, followed by a special opportunity to mingle with the musicians at a post-concert wine reception. ACO, formerly known as The Orchestra of the Old Fairfield Academy, was founded by Artistic Director Thomas Crawford in 1984. Since then, the orchestra has made its name as a leader in the field of historical performance. ACO is comprised of the world’s top instrumentalists performing on historic instruments and replicas, using era-specific techniques. A period instrument ensemble devoted to preserving and performing the repertoire of 17th, 18th, and 19th century composers, ACO invites listeners to enter the world of the great masters and experience classical music as it may have sounded to audiences at its first premiere. Crawford is a champion of historically accurate performance styles in Baroque, Classical, and Early Romantic music.Throughout his career, he has collaborated with renowned soloists such as Itzhak Perlman,Yo-Yo Ma, AndréWatts, Dawn Upshaw, Richard Goode, and Vladimir Feltsman. A passionate activist in bringing the beauty of period music to a wider audience, Crawford has been recognized for the ACO’s dynamic music outreach to children in NewYork City public schools. He holds a Bachelor of Music in composition and organ performance from Eastman School of Music. He went on to train with Hugo Fiorato, conductor of the NewYork City Ballet Orchestra and to earn his MA in composition from Columbia University. Hailing from Mexico City, Franco has recorded extensively and performed with virtually every orchestra in Mexico, as well as hundreds around the world, including Berliner Symphoniker, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Kibbutzim Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra da Camera Florentina,Tokyo Solisten, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. A recipient of numerous awards and grants, he was recently appointed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to Mexico’s Commission for Historical and Cultural Memory and its Commission for Cultural Diplomacy. Corwin recently made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall with the Chamber Orchestra of New York and has appeared as a soloist with Apollo’s Fire, Early Music NewYork, and Chamber Music at the Barn (Wichita). A graduate of Davidson College, Corwin earned degrees from theYale School of Music (MM) and Stony Brook University (DMA), where she studied with Frank Morelli. She can be heard on recordings with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society, Apollo’s Fire, Chamber Orchestra of NewYork, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra,Tempesta di Mare, Opera Lafayette, and Kleine Kammermusik. Host Alessandra Gagliardi. Members: Free; Guests: $15.

Will Hochman & Mary-Louise Parker

Thomas Crawford

Horacio Franco

Gordon Clapp as Frost

Stephanie Corwin





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