The New York Times presents the event which includes a special edition of its "TimesTalks" discussion panels at The City University of New York's Graduate Center, located in Manhattan at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street.
Tim Robbins (Trumbo, The Guys) discusses his work as an actor, director and writer Jan. 9 from 8:30-10 PM. Times culture critic Caryn James interviews the star.
Out Broadway performers Lea DeLaria (On The Town) and Anthony Rapp (Rent) join rapper Caushun and opera singer David Daniels in "Singing Out" — a discussion about audience acceptance of gay performers. Times chief music critic Anthony Tommasini moderates the talk Jan. 10 from 10-11:15 AM.
Songstress Barbara Cook (Mostly Sondheim) is joined by her composing guru Stephen Sondheim (Bounce, Assassins) in a "Celebrating Sondheim" forum on the music of the theatrical legend. Times cabaret critic Stephen Holden moderates the discussion Jan. 10 from 6-7:15 PM.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics) and Tony Kushner (Angels in America) join acclaimed scribes Neil LaBute (The Shape of Things) and Terrence McNally (Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune) for “Masters of the Stage,” Jan. 11 from 12-1:15 PM. Times culture reporter Mel Gussow oversees the discussion on the evolution of a play from inspiration to production. "Leading Men of the Theater" features Tony Award winners Joel Grey (Cabaret, Wicked), John Lithgow (Sweet Smell of Success, Retreat from Moscow) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me, Kate, Man of La Mancha). Times culture reporter Jesse McKinley talks about life on stage, Jan. 11 from 8-9:15 PM.
Returning The Producers stars Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane discuss their award-winning collaboration in the Mel Brooks musical, Jan. 11 from 8-9:15 PM. Times associate editor John Darnton moderates the talk "The Producers Stage Two."
Some events are already sold out. For tickets or more information on the special edition of "TimesTalks" and other "Arts & Leisure Weekend" events, visit www.nytimes.com/alweekend.