July 11—An Afternoon with Wallace Shawn
An Afternoon with Wallace Shawn
Annette Rubinstein 100th Birthday Commemoration
"Wally Shawn's essays are both powerful and riveting. How rare to encounter someone willing to question the assumptions of class and the disparity of wealth that grows wider every year in this country. To have such a gentle and incisive soul willing to say what others may be afraid to is considerably refreshing."-Michael Moore, film-maker
From the day the Brecht Forum opened its doors 35 years ago until only weeks before she died in June 2007 at the age of 97, Annette T. Rubinstein taught marvelous classes on literature, drama and politics. She was a member of the Brecht Forum's Board of Advisors and helped guide the Brecht Forum through times of political and financial turmoil. In 1995, she was proclaimed our 20th Anniversary Teacher.
This year, we are delighted to have Wallace Shawn as the featured speaker at the first annual tribute to Annette Rubinstein. Shawn will be reading from his new book, Essays, With his distinctive humor and insight, Shawn's Essays takes us on a revelatory journey through high art, war, politics, culture, and privilege, revealing a unique ability to step back from the appearance of things to explore their deeper social meanings. He grasps contradictions, even when unpleasant, and challenges us to look, as he does, at our own behavior in a more honest light. He also finds the pathos in the political and personal challenges of everyday life. He invites us to look at the world with new eyes, the better to undertand-and change it.
Wallace Shawn is an Obie Award-winning playwright and a noted stage and screen actor. His plays The Designated Mourner and The Fever have recently been produced as films, and his translation of Threepenny Opera was recently performed on Broadway. He is co-author of My Dinner with Andre, and the author of The Fever, Aunt Dan and Lemon, among other works.
Special 35th Anniversary Event: $10-$75
Free for Brecht Forum Subscribers
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