Durang, Eustis, Friedman and Timbers Set for Public LAB's Bloody Talkback Series

News   Durang, Eustis, Friedman and Timbers Set for Public LAB's Bloody Talkback Series The Public Theater has announced a series of post-performance discussions that will follow the Public LAB's current presentation of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: The Concert.
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Featuring music and lyrics by the Civilians' Michael Friedman with book and direction by Alex Timbers, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson began performances May 5 and will run through May 24.

A series of discussions with the creative team have been planned, as well as a final talkback that will include Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis and playwright Christopher Durang.

The May 7 and 10 performances of the show will feature talkbacks between dramaturg Anne Davison and audience members. The feedback sessions, according to press notes, are "designed to aid the development of this work-in-progress."

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson writers Friedman and Timbers will join playwright Rinne Groff and Public associate artistic director Mandy Hackett for the May 12 "Dramatizing the Past" talkback.

On May 19 Public artistic director Eustis will moderate a discussion entitled "Comedy and Politics" featuring monologist Mike Daisey, Why Torture Is Wrong playwright Christopher Durang and Bloody Bloody's Alex Timbers.

According to press notes, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: The Concert Version "is a fast-paced entertainment that takes a sharp, irreverent look at America's seventh president, Andrew Jackson. This satirical epic reveals questions about the country we live in and the leaders we choose."

The cast features David Axelrod, James Barry, Darren Goldstein, Greg Hildreth, Jeff Hiller, Lisa Joyce, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Bryce Pinkham, Maria Elena Ramirez, Kate Cullen Roberts, Ben Steinfeld, Benjamin Walker and Colleen Werthmann.

For tickets phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater.

The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.

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