Impossible to sleep, impossible to stay awake, impossible to endure life," wrote the great Franz Kafka in his diary in the winter of 1922.
Those now-famous words, set to music by composer Lucas Foss in his "Time Cycle" for soprano and orchestra, were heard in New York just last month at the New York Philharmonic (with Dawn Upshaw as soloist).
And they're likely to be heard again when two-time Tony winner Christopher Plummer (who won his medallions for the '74 musical Cyrano and for the '97 one-man show Barrymore) takes the stage Mar. 26 at 8 PM at NY's historic Town Hall as part of an evening-long celebration of the work of Kafka (1883-1924).
Plummer is one of several performers; the others include E.L. Doctorow, Cynthia Ozick, Thulani Davis and Susan Sontag.
The event is sponsored by PEN and is part of a year-long series of events honoring the publication of 'retranslations' of Kafka's novels, diaries and correspondence -- including a new translation of The Castle by Mark Harman, just published by Schocken Books. Tickets to the event are available at the Town Hall box office, 123 W. 43rd St. or by calling (213) 307-4100.
-- By Rebecca Paller