Kushner, Gelbs and Caldwell Set for New Group's "O'Neill and his Electra"

News   Kushner, Gelbs and Caldwell Set for New Group's "O'Neill and his Electra"
 
The New Group, in conjunction with its upcoming production of Eugene O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra, will present "O'Neill and his Electra" Jan. 16. The evening of conversation will feature Tony Kushner and Zoe Caldwell as well as Arthur and Barbara Gelb.

The special event, scheduled for 6:30 PM, will take place at The New Group @ Theatre Row.

"O'Neill and his Electra," according to a release, will "take a closer look at the life and work of Eugene O'Neill with expert 'O'Neillians' Arthur and Barbara Gelb and Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner as they engage with the legacy of one of America's greatest playwrights." Four-time Tony winner Caldwell will read passages from O'Neill's work.

The Gelbs collaborated on the biography "O'Neill" and a second volume entitled "O'Neill: Life with Monte Cristo." Putnam will publish their final volume on the playwright in 2010.

The New Group will present O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra for a a limited Off-Broadway run (Jan. 27-April 18). Artistic director Scott Elliott stages the work featuring Lili Taylor, Jena Malone, Joseph Cross, Anson Mount, Mark Blum and Robert Hogan.

Tickets ($20, free to subscribers) to the special event (and show) at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, are available by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information, visit thenewgroup.org.

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