Tired of the endless coverage of the seemingly countless theatre-based awards? Well, then, you may be a perfect audience member for the May 29 edition of the "Great Theatre Debates," which will examine the resolution: "A Moratorium Should Be Placed on Theatrical Awards."
The event will take place at 7:30 PM at New Dramatists, 424 West 44th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues, New York City. The event is free and open to the public. The number for reservations is (212) 946-1104.
Jesse McKinley of The New York Times and Michael Riedel of The New York Post will moderate the debate. Debating for the Affirmative will be Jonathan Kalb, until recently the theatre critic for the New York Press; and David Finkle, theatrical journalist for The Village Voice and many other publications. Taking the Negative will be producer Daryl Roth, who has backed many award-winning plays; and David Sheward, who is the president of one of the major award-giving bodies, the Drama Desk.
The "Great Theatre Debates" series began Jan. 30 with "The American Musical Has Entered a New Golden Age" as its topic of discussion. Moderating the proceedings were Robin Pogrebin of The New York Times and David Finkle. Also participating in the debate were (for the Affirmative position) composer Michael John LaChiusa (Wild Party) and writer-critic Peter Filichia for The Star Ledger, versus (for the Negative position) playwright Gerard Alessandrini (Forbidden Broadway) and writer Steven Suskin from Playbill and Playbill On Line.
—By Robert Simonson