Columbia University will host a conference Oct. 29-30 titled “Wonderful Town: The Future of Theater in New York.” The event, sponsored by the National Arts Journalism Program, will look at the city’s theatrical landscape in wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Among the speakers scheduled to appear are Theatre Development Fund Chairman John Breglio; Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York Executive Director Virginia Louloudes; Schuyler Chapin, the longtime commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Times culture editor John Darnton; BAM Local Development Corporation chairman Harvey Lichtenstein; League of American Theatres and Producers president Jed Bernstein; Jujamcyn Theatres creative director Jack Viertel; Cultural Blueprint for New York City product director Kinshasha Holman-Conwill; and sportswriter Frank Deford.
In the weeks following Sept. 11, several Broadway shows closed and some Off-Broadway show went on hiatus. Though box office numbers have rebounded since then, many producers are worried about the prolonged effects of decreased tourist traffic, particularly during the traditionally bleak winter months.
“Wonderful Town” will be held at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism at 116th Street and Broadway, on Oct. 29 from 4 PM to 6:30 PM and on Oct. 30 from 9 AM to 6:15 PM. For an updated conference schedule, visit www.najp.org.
—By Robert Simonson