In Re-imagining Baal, press notes state, "Ethan Hawke and playwright Jonathan Marc Sherman discuss their approach to creating a new version of Brecht's famously controversial play Baal with Hunter College professor of theatre Jonathan Kalb. This one-night-only event examines the history of Brecht adaptations and what adapting meant to Brecht, as well as Brecht's relationship to music."
The event will also include readings from Baal; passages and songs featured in Clive, Sherman's new play inspired by Baal; and musical performances from Hawke and guests. A question-and-answer session will follow the discussion.
Hawke was nominated for a Tony Award in 2007 for his performance in The Coast of Utopia. He was also seen on Broadway in Henry IV and The Seagull. At The New Group, Hawke was seen in last season's Blood From A Stone as well as Hurlyburly. He directed the New Group productions of Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind and Sherman's Things We Want.
Sherman's plays include Things We Want (premiered at The New Group in 2007), Knickerbocker, Sophistry, Evolution, Sons & Fathers, Jesus on the Oil Tank, Serendipity & Serenity, Wonderful Time, Veins & Thumbtacks (the basis for the movie "The Jimmy Show") and Women & Wallace. He is also the co-founder of the Malaparte Theatre Company.
Dark Nights at The New Group is a series of conversations and readings designed to create a dialogue between artists and audience. The New Group is currently represented Off-Broadway by Erika Sheffer’s Russian Transport, which opened Jan. 30. Read more about the production. Re-imagining Baal is free for New Group subscribers. The suggested donation is $20.
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