"Looking Back on John Osborne: The Plays and Journals" will take place April 23 at 6 PM, with readings by Richardson and Sheen and commentary by New York Observer theatre critic and Osborne biographer John Heilpern. Included will be excerpts from such plays as The Entertainer, The Hotel in Amsterdam, Inadmissable Evidence, Look Back in Anger, Luther, A Patriot for Me and Sense of Detachment, as well as from Osborne's journals.
For this event, admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be distributed, one per person, from 4 PM on the day of the program at the Library's entrance at 111 Amsterdam Avenue and 65th Street.
"The Turbulent Life and Times of John Osborne: A Conversation between Sir Harold Evans and John Heilpern" will take place April 12 at 6 PM. Admission is free and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Richardson's father, the late director Tony Richardson, often worked with Osborne. Richardson won a Tony for playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret and received nominations for A Streetcar Named Desire and Anna Christie.
Sheen recently appeared in a revival of Osborne's Look Back in Anger. He portrayed Tony Blair in "The Queen" and received an Olivier nomination for playing Sir David Frost in Frost/Nixon, and is now performing in the play on Broadway. For further information, telephone (212) 642-0142 or go to The New York Public Library's website at www.nypl.org.
The programs will be held in the Bruno Walter Auditorium of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at Lincoln Center, at 111 Amsterdam Avenue and 65th Street.