The discussion will be held in conjunction with the museum's ongoing exhibit, "Setting the Stage: Scenic Designs by Donald Oenslager," which began Feb. 14.
The 6:30 PM discussion will feature Arnold Aronson, professor of theatre at Columbia University's School of the Arts; as well as set designers John Conklin (Rex, Lorelei, The Bacchae), Tony Award winner Ming Cho Lee (Little Murders, For Colored Girls..., K2) and Michael Yeargan (The Light in the Piazza, The Ritz, It Had to Be You).
The Oenslager exhibit features 20 designs by Oenslager, including models and examples from his work on Girl Crazy (1930); Red, Hot, and Blue! (1936); My Sister Eileen (1940); You Can't Take It With You (1936); and Margin for Error (1939). The designs have been selected from the Museum's Donald Oenslager Archive, which was a gift from the late artist.
Oenslager began his career in theatre as an actor in the 1924 debut of Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms. He followed in 1927 as scenic designer on Sooner or Later, and soon after became a founding member of Yale University's Drama School faculty.
Known for his emphasis on symbolism and the interpretative use of lighting, Oenslager helped to reform American scenic design. He was honored with the 1959 Tony Award for his scenic designs on A Majority of One. His additional credits include Major Barbara, The Constant Wife, Life With Mother, Present Laughter, A Case of Libel and A Far Country. Tickets for the March 27 panel discussion are $9 for non-museum members and $5 for members. Reservations are required and can be made by phoning (212) 534-1672, ext. 3395.
"Setting the Stage: Scenic Designs by Donald Oenslager" will be on exhibit through May 4 at the Museum of the City of New York, located at 1220 Fifth Avenue.
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