The 8 PM lecture — followed by an audience question-and-answer session — will be held at The Studio and will feature special guests Dianne Wiest and Estelle Parsons. The series, named for critic, writer and director Clurman, features lectures by artists from the worlds of film, theatre, music and visual arts.
A two-time Academy Award winner, Dianne Wiest has appeared on Broadway in Solitaire/Double Solitaire, Frankenstein, Othello, Beyond Therapy, In the Summer House and a staged reading of Salome. She won her Oscars for her work in "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "Bullets Over Broadway" and was also nominated for her performance in "Parenthood." Wiest's numerous film credits also include "The Lost Boys," "Bright Lights Big City," "Independence Day," "Edward Scissorhands," "The Purple Rose of Cairo" and "Radio Days." She is also an Emmy Award winner for 1989's "Road to Avonlea."
Estelle Parsons made her Broadway debut in Happy Hunting and was most recently on The Great White Way in Morning's at Seven. In between, she starred in Whoop-Up; Beg, Borrow or Steal; Mother Courage and Her Children; Ready When You Are, C.B.!; Malcolm; The East Wind; Galileo; The Seven Descents of Myrtle; A Way of Life; And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little; Mert & Phil; The Norman Conquests; Ladies at the Alamo; Miss Margarida's Way; The Pirates of Penzance; Shimada; and The Shadow Box. Parsons received Tony nominations for her work in Morning's at Seven, Miss Margarida's Way, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little and The Seven Descents of Myrtle. Also a star of film and TV, Parsons garnered an Academy Award for her performance in Bonnie and Clyde. She will star this season in the Paper Mill Playhouse's mounting of the new musical Harold and Maude.
The Studio is located at 31 West 27th Street, between Broadway and Sixth Avenue. Admission is free, although there is a suggested donation of $5. Reservations can be made by calling The Studio at (212) 689-0087.