Titled "SUBTEXT: Art & Science," the event will feature guest panelist Notebooks adapter and director Mary Zimmerman — the 2002 Tony Award winning director of Metamorphoses and a professor at Northwestern University. Also taking part in the discussion, which will explore the effect of science on the artist and the effect of art on the scientist, will be Columbia University physics and mathematics professor Brian Greene, Ph.D. and Harvard Medical School professor of neurobiology Margaret S. Livingstone, Ph.D. The evening begins at 5:30 with wine and hors d'oeuvres followed by the sneak peek performance of the Zimmerman adaptation of The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci and concluding with the panel discussion.
To RSVP for the event, call Second Stage at (212) 787-8302 ext. 310.
Starting June 3, Notebooks is directed by the returning Tony Award winner and will open June 19 for a run currently scheduled through July 20.
A co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the production reunites Zimmerman with many members of the Metamorphoses ensemble, including Anjali Bhimani, Christopher Donahue, Doug Hara, Kyle Hall, Louise Lamson, and Mariann Mayberry. The company of Notebooks also features Paul Oakley Stovall.
Zimmerman won last season's Tony for her direction of Metamorphoses which began at Off-Broadway's Second Stage. With Notebooks, the Chicago-bred director-adapter dramatizes the ideas of the Italian Renaissance scientist, inventor and artist using music, dance and acrobatics.
Tickets for the Second Stage staging of The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci at their midtown Manhattan space, 307 West 43rd Street (just off 8th Ave.), can be purchased through (212) 246-4422 or (800) 766-6048. For more information, visit them on the web at www.SecondStageTheatre.com.