Albee, Brolin and Lumet Join Arts & Leisure Week Talks; "Raisin" Chat, Too

News   Albee, Brolin and Lumet Join Arts & Leisure Week Talks; "Raisin" Chat, Too Playwright Edward Albee, actor Josh Brolin and director Sidney Lumet have joined the line-up of artists taking part in The New York Times' Arts & Leisure Week. Director Kenny Leon and actress Phylicia Rashad will also chat about the "A Raisin in the Sun" made-for-TV film.

Kicking off the 2008 season at the TimesCenter Jan. 7-13, Times Talks will feature "some of today's most celebrated talent and thinkers from the worlds of art, film, theater, music, television, literature, media and politics," according to an announcement.

Former Broadway performer and director Lumet is best known for his work on such films as "12 Angry Men," "Mr. Broadway," "The Iceman Cometh," "Long Day's Journey Into Night," "Equus," "The Wiz" and more. He chats Jan. 7.

Brolin (with Elias Koteas) replaced Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly in the Broadway revival of Sam Shepard's True West. A talk with the star is scheduled for Jan. 10.

Albee has earned three Pulitzer Prizes for his work on A Delicate Balance, Seascape and Three Tall Women. The stalwart stage scribe, who turns 80 soon, continues to write for the stage. The author sits and talks Jan. 12.

Talks of note for theatre fans follow:

  • Jan. 7 at 8 PM: Sidney Lumet and Others to be Announced, "Before the Devil…"
    The renown director talks about his latest film, "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," which features stage and screen stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke.
  • Jan. 8 at 6 PM: New American Theater: Circle in the Square
    Philip Bosco, Theodore Mann and Frances Sternhagen will take part in a chat about "one of the most successful New York theatre companies," Circle in the Square, as described in the new memoir, "Journeys in the Night."
  • Jan. 8 at 8 PM: "Mad Men" and the Sixties
    John Slattery joins co-star Jon Hamm and creator Matthew Weiner of AMC's new television series to "discuss how they capture the zeitgeist of the early 1960s, from Madison Avenue to the bedroom."
  • Jan. 10 at 8 PM: Breakthrough Actor
    Josh Brolin speaks of his four 2007 film roles: "No Country for Old Men," "American Gangster," "Grindhouse" and "In the Valley of Elah."
  • Jan. 12 at 2 PM: A Life in the Theater
    The playwright known for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? talks of "30 plays and almost 80 years behind him."
  • Jan. 13 at 10 AM: Behind the Scenes and On Stage
    Disney producer Thomas Schumacher (author of "How Does the Show Go On?") will "reveal how a big Broadway musical gets to the stage, with performances by the stars of Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid." Scheduled to appear are Ashley Brown, Henry Hodges, Lila Coogan and others.
  • Jan. 13 - 8 PM: Screen to Stage: It's Alive!
    Susan Stroman and "talent on stage and behind the scenes of the new musical Young Frankenstein" will talk about bringing the monster musical to life. Also scheduled is "A Raisin in the Sun: The Legacy of Playwright Lorraine Hansberry" on Feb. 4. Following a special preview screening of the forthcoming ABC world premiere movie event, audiences can hear director Kenny Leon and cast members Sean Combs and Phylicia Rashad (from the 2004 Broadway revival and new television movie adaptation) discuss the work.

    Seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. TimesTalks programs and speakers are subject to change. For a complete line-up and more information, visit artsandleisureweek.com.