The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) will offer three special events of interest to theatregoers beginning April 20.
The first SDCF presentation is titled "Working with Verse and Elevated Texts" and will be held from 10 AM to 5 PM on April 20 at CAP 21 Studios, 18 W. 18th Street, New York. The workshop will explore working with Shakespeare, Restoration and Greek plays and will include comments from leading classical directors and text coaches. The Associate Artistic Director of the Aquile Theatre Company, Robert Richmond, will lead the workshop, which will also include appearances by Louis Scheeder, Robert Neff Williams, Kate Wilson and Shane Ann Younts. Fees are $90 for the general public and $75 for SSDC Members and Associates. Space is limited, and a $40 non refundable advance registration deposit must be sent to the SDC Foundation by April 17 to secure a place in the workshop.
A pair of chats with two renowned artists will follow. On April 24 SDCF will present a one-on-one conversation with director Arthur Penn, who helms the current Broadway production of Fortune's Fool. Penn, who will discuss his theatre experiences and his work in film, will be interviewed by Steve Lawson, executive director of the Williamstown Film Festival and director of Manhattan Theatre Club's "Writers in Performance Series."
On May 2 a chat with Tony Award-winning playwright/director James Lapine will be held. Lapine, who is currently represented on Broadway with the revival of his and Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, will discuss the creation of his many theatre works, including his collaborations with Sondheim: Sunday in the Park with George, Passion and the aforementioned Woods.
Both the April 24 and the May 2 interviews are part of SDCF's One-on-One Conversation series, which explores the careers and creative processes of master directors and choreographers. The separate conversations with Penn and Lapine will be held from 6 PM to 7:30 PM at MTC Studios, 311 West 43rd Street, 8th floor. Admission is $7, and reservations may be made by e mailing SDCFoundation@aol.com or by calling (212) 302-5359 x243. Since 1965, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF)—with headquarters in New York City—has been the only national organization dedicated exclusively to supporting the craft and artistry of theatrical directors and choreographers.
—By Andrew Gans