Guare and Freedman Discuss Public Theater Beginnings Feb. 22

News   Guare and Freedman Discuss Public Theater Beginnings Feb. 22 The Public Theater will welcome director Gerald Freedman and Tony Award-winning playwright John Guare for a discussion of the Public's early years on Feb. 22.

Following the 8 PM performance of the inaugural PUBLIC LAB presentation of Adrienne Kennedy's Mom, How Did You Meet The Beatles?, Freedman and Guare will participate in "Looking at the Early Years of the Public Theater."

The discussion, according to press notes, "will look back at a time of explosive creativity and artistic development in the early years of The Public Theater and Joe Papp's dedication to supporting the work of new playwrights." Former Public artistic producer Rosemarie Tichler will moderate the discussion.

Freedman served as leading director of Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival from 1960-71. In addition to staging the Public premiere of Hair, Freedman has directed the Broadway productions of The Robber Bridegroom, The Grand Tour; the revivals of West Side Story (co-directed with Jerome Robbins); The Creation of the World and Other Business; and Mrs. Warren's Profession.

Guare is the writer of the plays The House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation, Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, A Few Stout Individuals, Lydie Breeze, Marco Polo Sings a Solo, Landscape of the Body and Chaucer in Rome and the librettist of the musical Two Gentlemen of Verona, among other works.

Penned by Adrienne Kennedy and her son, Adam P. Kennedy, Mom, How Did You Meet The Beatles? marks the first production of the newly founded developmental works series uniting the Public and LAByrinth Theater companies. Performances began Feb. 4. The play chronicles Adrienne Kennedy's search for fame and fortune in 1960's London. As an innocent abroad, Kennedy encounters numerous British writers as well as the likes of Laurence Olivier, James Baldwin, Ricki Huston and The Beatles.

Mom, How Did You Meet The Beatles? will play through Feb. 23. Tickets, priced $10, are available by calling (212) 967-7555 or by visiting www.publictheater.org.

The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street.

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