Entitled Afterwords, the series will feature a host of special guests leading a discussion and question-and-answer session. Playwright Austin Pendleton and writer Robert Simonson will kick off the series April 13. Pendleton is the playwright of Orson's Shadow, which imagines the circumstances behind Orson Welles' staging of Ionesco's Rhinoceros. Simonson, senior editor of Playbill.com, is the author of the books "Role of a Lifetime" (in which he profiles Pendleton) and "On Broadway, Men Still Wear Hats." Writer/actor/director Peter Bogdanovich will lead the April 20 discussion. Bogdanovich befriended the late Welles while he was writing the book "Legends of Hollywood."
Stage veterans Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson, who starred in the original Broadway production of Rhinoceros, will moderate the April 27 chat, and the Afterwords series will continue May 4 with the daughter of Orson Welles, Chris Welles Feder. Feder is an author of school books and educational materials for children. She also published "The Movie Director," a book of poems inspired by her father.
Orson's Shadow plays the Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow at Seventh Avenue South. Tickets for the production are priced $55 and are available by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information visit www.OrsonThePlay.com.