Bertie Carvel, Kristine Nielsen, Elizabeth Marvel, David Hyde Pierce, Jayne Houdyshell Take Part in Drama Desk Panel March 22

The Drama Desk presents its annual spring panel discussion/luncheon March 22 at Sardi's. The 2013 sold-out event, "The Art of Storytelling," explores the challenges actors face when bringing a playwright's vision to life before an audience.

David Hyde Pierce
David Hyde Pierce (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Ronald Rand, Drama Desk member and founder-publisher of "The Soul of the American Actor" newspaper, moderates the event.

Participants include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike stars  David Hyde Pierce and Kristine Nielsen, Olivier Award winner Bertie Carvel ( Matilda), Elizabeth Marvel ( Picnic) and Jayne Houdyshell ( Dead Accounts), among others.

The luncheon event begins at 11:45 AM, with the discussion scheduled to run from 1:15-2:30 PM.

Drama Desk Awards, which are given annually in a number of categories, are the only major New York theatre honors for which productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off Off-Broadway compete against each other in the same category. Founded in 1949 by a group of New York theatre critics, editors, reporters and publishers, the organization was formed to educate the community on vital issues concerning the theatre. Drama Desk is currently led by president Isa Goldberg.

Sardi's is located at 234 West 44th Street. For more information, call (212) 352-3101.