As reported by Playbill On-Line Jan. 6, among upcoming events at the American Theatre Wing will be a special luncheon at NY's Plaza Hotel, April 24 at noon, honoring Andre Bishop and Bernard Gersten. Hosting will be playwrights John Guare and Wendy Wasserstein.
Wasserstein, whose latest, An American Daughter, begins previews on Broadway March 20, is also the author of The Heidi Chronicles, The Sisters Rosensweig and Isn't It Romantic?. Guare has written The House Of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees Of Separation, Lydie Breeze, Muzeeka and Something I'll Tell You Tuesday.
Both men have been instrumental in rebuilding Lincoln Center as a major theatre venue, Gersten as producer, Bishop as artistic director. The latter honed his skills serving as artistic director of Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons.
Also on the ATW calendar are their continuing series of "Working In The Theatre" seminars, which are taped for, and staged at, CUNY-TV studios, 33 West 42nd St. Admission is free, but you need to call and make reservations at (212) 765-0606. The "Working" schedule of topics will be: April 29 (Performance), April 30 (Playwright/Director), May 1 (Production - Option To Opening).
Other ATW programs include "Introduction To Broadway," wherein Present Laughter, Beauty & The Beast, Miss Saigon, Cats and Victor/Victoria will open their doors to over 1,500 students; and "The Hospital Program," which will be bringing Phantom Of The Opera, Once Upon A Mattress and The King And I to nursing homes, hospitals and AIDS wards. Speaking of Mattress, David Hibbard will particpate in an ATW- sponsored acting workshop at John Bowne High School in Queens, March 20. Other events in ATW's "Theatre-In-School" program include costume design classes March 18, 20 and 25; and a panel discussion on acting careers after graduation, April 4, both at LaGuardia High School For The Performing Arts.
--By David Lefkowitz