Past Repeat Defenders Events 2004-2012

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Dinner with Jim at the home of NYTW Co-President Noel Kirnon.  Repeat Defenders shared a casual meal and heard about NYTW's 2014 Season from Artistic Director Jim Nicola.  With guest speakers Robert Stanton and Manisha Snoyler of CINDERELLA/CENDRILLON and NYTW Fellow Lileana Blain-Cruz.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Repeat Defender evening for FETCH CLAY, MAKE MAN
Repeat Defenders joined Artistic Director Jim Nicola and members of our artistic community for wine and hors d'oeuvres at Cucina di Pesce at 6pm, then attended the play at 7pm and stayed for an AfterWords discussion.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Repeat Defender evening for SONTAG: REBORN
Repeat Defenders joined Artistic Director Jim Nicola and members of our artistic community for wine and hors d'oeuvres at Cucina di Pesce at 6pm, then attended the play at 7pm and stayed for an AfterWords discussion.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Repeat Defender evening for BELLEVILLE
Repeat Defenders joined Artistic Director Jim Nicola and members of our artistic community for wine and hors d'oeuvres at Cucina di Pesce at 6pm, then attended the play at 7pm and stayed for an AfterWords discussion.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Fireside Chat for BELLEVILLE
83 East 4th Street, 3rd floor Rehearsal Studio
Playwright Amy Herzog and Director Anne Kauffman discussed their production of BELLEVILLE. Moderated by NYTW's Associate Artistic Director, Linda Chapman.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Repeat Defender Evening for A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS
Repeat Defenders joined Artistic Director James Nicola and members of our artistic community for wine and hors d'oeuvres at Cucina di Pesce at 6pm, then attended the play at 7pm and stayed for an AfterWords discussion.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Repeat Defender Evening for RED DOG HOWLS
Repeat Defenders joined Artistic Director James Nicola and members of our artistic community for wine and hors d'oeuvres at Cucina di Pesce at 6pm, then attended the play at 7pm and stayed for an AfterWords discussion.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Repeat Defender Evening for FOOD AND FADWA
Repeat Defenders joined Artistic Director James Nicola and members of our artistic community for wine and hors d'oeuvres at Cucina di Pesce at 6pm, then attended the play at 7pm and stayed for an AfterWords discussion.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Repeat Defender evening for AN ILIAD
Repeat Defenders joined Artistic Director James Nicola and members of our artistic community for wine and hors d'oeuvres at Cucina di Pesce at 6pm, then attended the play at 7pm and stayed for an AfterWords discussion.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Repeat Defender evening for ONCE
Repeat Defenders joined Artistic Director James Nicola and members of our artistic community for wine and hors d'oeuvres at Cucina di Pesce at 6pm, then attended the play at 7pm and stayed for an AfterWords discussion.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Repeat Defender Fireside Chat on Musical Theatre
Anne Bogart, Artistic Director of the SITI Company (SCORE) moderated a discussion about directing music theatre with directors Rachel Chavkin (NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF1812, THREE PIANOS), Michael Greif (RENT, NEXT TO NORMAL) and John Tiffany (THE GLASS MENAGERIE, ONCE, BLACK WATCH).

Monday, September 26, 2011
Repeat Defender Fireside Chat for THE SELECT: The Sun Also Rises
Director John Collins discussed Elevator Repair Service’s production of THE SELECT (THE SUN ALSO RISES) with Columbia University School of the Arts’ Gideon Lester.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Repeat Defender Evening for THE SELECT: The Sun Also Rises
Repeat Defenders joined Artistic Director James Nicola and members of our artistic community for wine and hors d'oeuvres at Cucina di Pesce at 6pm, then attended the play at 7pm and stayed for an AfterWords discussion.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Repeat Defender Evening for THE SHAGGS
Repeat Defenders joined Artistic Director James Nicola and members of our artistic community for wine and hors d'oeuvres at Playwrights Horizons at 6pm, then attended the play at 7pm and stayed for an AfterWords discussion.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Repeat Defender evening for PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
Repeat Defenders joined Artistic Director James Nicola and members of our artistic community for wine and hors d'oeuvres at Cucina di Pesce at 6pm, then attended the play at 7pm and stayed for an AfterWords discussion.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Repeat Defender Fireside Chat for PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
With Directors Rick Elice, Roger Rees, and Alex Timbers & Moderator Doug Wright, playwright and NYTW Trustee.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Repeat Defenders evening at AN ILIAD
Repeat Defenders joined Artistic Director James Nicola and members of our artistic community for wine and hors d'oeuvres at Cucina di Pesce at 6pm, then attended the play at 7pm and stayed for an AfterWords discussion.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Repeat Defenders Evening at ONCE
Repeat Defenders joined Artistic Director James Nicola and members of our artistic community for wine and hors d'oeuvres at Cucina di Pesce at 6pm, then attended the play at 7pm and stayed for an AfterWords discussion.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Repeat Defender Fireside Chat: Directing Music Theater
A lively discussion by a panel of distinguished music theater directors, moderated by Anne Bogart, Artistic Director of the SITI Company. Panelists included Rachel Chavkin (THREE PIANOS, founder & artistic director of the TEAM (the Theater of the Emerging American Moment)), Michael Greif (RENT, NEXT TO NORMAL), and John Tiffany, (ONCE, BLACK WATCH)

Monday, September 26, 2011
Repeat Defender Fireside Chat
Conversation about The Select (The Sun Also Rises), with John Collins, the founder and artistic director of Elevator Repair Service, and Gideon Lester, curator, dramaturg, and Columbia University School of the Arts faculty member. The Select is the final chapter in the ERS trilogy of staged classic American works, making it a compelling conclusion to ERS’s exploration of modernist American literature of the 1920s.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Repeat Defenders Evening at THE SELECT (THE SUN ALSO RISES)
Repeat Defenders joined Artistic Director James Nicola and members of our artistic community for wine and hors d’oeuvres at Cucina di Pesce at 6pm, then attended the play at 7pm and stayed for an AfterWords discussion.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Repeat Defenders Evening at THE SHAGGS: PHILOSOPHY OF THE WORLD
Repeat Defenders joined Artistic Director James Nicola and members of our artistic community for wine and hors d’oeuvres at Playwrights Horizons at 6pm, then attended the play at 7pm and stayed for an AfterWords discussion.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Repeat Defender Fireside Chat
Conversation about Peter and the Starcatcher with creators Rick Elice (co-writer of THE ADDAMS FAMILY, JERSEY BOYS), Roger Rees (actor, THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY), and Alex Timbers (director, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON), moderated by Doug Wright, playwright and NYTW Trustee.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Repeat Defenders Evening at THREE PIANOS
Repeat Defenders joined Artistic Director James Nicola and members of our artistic community for wine and hors d’oeuvres at Cucina di Pesce at 6pm, then attended the play at 7pm and stayed for an AfterWords discussion.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Repeat Defender Fireside Chat
Conversation about Three Pianos with co-creators Rick Burkhardt, Alec Duffy, Dave Malloy, and director Rachel Chavkin, as they discussion their production with Christopher H. Gibbs, Professor of Music at Bard College. Three Pianos explores Franz Schubert’s music, life, and times through a colorful and imaginative evening of chaos, hilarity, and heartbreak.
Download recording of the conversation

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Repeat Defender Fireside Chat

With Rick Elice, Roger Rees, and Alex Timbers & Moderator Doug Wright, playwright and NYTW Trustee.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Repeat Defenders Night pre-show reception

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Repeat Defender Fireside Chat

Conversation about Three Pianos with co-creators Rick Burkhardt, Alec Duffy, Dave Malloy, and director Rachel Chavkin, as they discussion their production with Christopher H. Gibbs, Professor of Music at Bard College.

Download recording of the conversation

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Repeat Defender Fireside Chat
Conversation about The Little Foxes with Director Ivo van Hove and curator and dramaturg Gideon Lester.
Acclaimed director Ivo van Hove discussed his NYTW production of Lillian Hellman’s classic play THE LITTLE FOXES with curator, dramaturg, and Columbia University School of the Arts faculty member Gideon Lester. Van Hove elaborated on his directing process, his recent productions, and the differences between American and European theatre. Mr. van Hove’s past productions at New York Theatre Workshop include MORE STATELY MANSIONS (1997) A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1999), ALICE IN BED (2001), HEDDA GABLER (2004), and THE MISANTHROPE (2008). As Associate Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater, Mr. Lester adapted and produced a stage version of Wim Wenders' film Wings Of Desire in collaboration with Mr. van Hove’s theatre company Toneelgroep Amsterdam, in 2006.
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Repeat Defender Fireside Chat for RESTORATION Actress/Playwright Claudia Shear and Director
Christopher Ashley, discussed their new collaboration on RESTORATION and their prior work together, with
playwright Paul Rudnick.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Repeat Defenders Evening at TOP SECRET: THE BATTLE FOR THE PENTAGON PAPERS
Repeat Defenders joined Artistic Director James Nicola and members of our artistic community for wine and hors d’oeuvres at Cucina di Pesce at 6pm, then attended the play at 7pm and stayed for an AfterWords discussion.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Repeat Defenders & Friends Reception for The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Repeat Defenders and their invited guests mingled with the cast of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and NYTW staff after the 7pm performance, at a special catered reception in NYTW’s 3rd Floor rehearsal studio at 83 East 4th Street.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Repeat Defenders Evening at Aftermath

Repeat Defenders joined Artistic Director James Nicola and members of our artistic community for wine and hors d’oeuvres at Cucina di Pesce at 6pm, then attended the play at 7pm and stayed for an AfterWords discussion.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Repeat Defenders Evening at Things of Dry Hours
Repeat Defenders joined Artistic Director James Nicola and members of our artistic community for wine and hors d’oeuvres at Cucina di Pesce at 6pm, then attended the play at 7pm and stayed for an AfterWords discussion.

Monday, April 6, 2009
Reading of THE LITTLE FOXES
by Lillian Hellman
Reading coordinated by NYTW Artistic Leadership Fellow Rafael Gallegos
The Little Foxes is Lillian Hellman’s classic 1939 drama about an aristocratic family that dominates a small Southern town at the turn of the century. Following the lives of three women—Regina, Birdie and Addie—the play explores what happens to each of them as they face up to the realities of the limitations of their lives in the patriarchal, post-slavery South.
NYTW plans to produce THE LITTLE FOXES in 2010 under the direction of Ivo van Hove.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, March 25-27
A reading of Caryl Churchill's new 10 minute play.
Seven Jewish Children
by Caryl Churchill
directed by Sam Gold
This extraordinary evening was opened first to members of NYTW and Repeat Defenders.
Each reading was followed by a moderated discussion, with several notable authorities from both the Israeli/Jewish and Palestinian communities attending each performance to be a resource to the conversation.  After the discussion, there was a second reading of the 10-minute play.  Laura Flanders moderated the Wednesday March 25th reading, Tony Kushner and Alisa Solomon moderated the Thursday March 26th reading and Mark Crispin Miller moderated the Friday March 27th reading.

Monday, March 23, 2009
Presentation of FOOD AND FADWA
Written by Lameece Issaq
Story by Jacob Kader and Lameece Issaq
Directed by Shana Gold
Fadwa Faranesh, the single, 30-year-old Palestinian host of cooking show Food and Fadwa, whips up magical Middle-Eastern eats from her hometown in military-occupied Bethlehem. The ingredients of a heated political conflict blend with personal family tensions to create a bittersweet recipe, threatening the end of Fadwa's cooking show.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 6:30-8:00pm
Fireside Chat: The Casting Process at NYTW
A discussion of the casting process at New York Theatre Workshop with NYTW Casting Director Jack Doulin and distinguished actor Victor Slezak.
Download a recording of that conversation

Monday, November 24, 2008, 7pm
Presentation of Most Women
By Phyllis Roome, featuring The Grand Inquisitor’s Bruce Myers
Most Women is an acerbic, witty exploration of an intense father-daughter conflict in which a sexually repressed woman finally comes of age through a violent but hilarious confrontation with her unmanageable, libidinous father. Written by the English actress Phyllis Roome in 2007, Most Women was read for the first time in the United States at NYTW.

Friday, November 14, 2008, 6pm
Fireside Chat for The Grand Inquisitor
NYU Professor Nancy Ruttenburg led a discussion about the immediate context for The Grand Inquisitor. The Inquisitor section of Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov tells the story of an encounter between Jesus, who has unexpectedly returned to earth at the height of the Spanish Inquisition, and the head of the Spanish church. The Grand Inquisitor is the record of a conversation between the silent imprisoned Jesus and the old Inquisitor who takes the opportunity of the former’s unexpected and miraculous visit, to refute the vision of human freedom contained in the Gospels.

Tuesday, November 11, 6pm
Repeat Defenders Evening at The Grand Inquisitor
Repeat Defenders joined Artistic Director James Nicola and members of our artistic community for wine and hors d’oeuvres at Cucina di Pesce (87 E. 4th Street) at 6pm, then attended the play at 7pm and stayed for an AfterWords discussion.

Monday, November 3, 2008, 7:00pm
Presention of Weekend
By Gore Vidal, directed by Leigh Silverman
Weekend premiered on Broadway in the spring of 1968, in the heat of the campaign during which it is set, and Vidal’s biting political humor is no less relevant today. As politicians question their consciences in the midst of scandal, we get a prescient snapshot of a critical moment in our nation’s political history.

October 20, 2008, 6:30pm
Presentation of The Iraqi Refugee Project
By Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen
Repeat Defenders had the opportunity to be part of an important work in its very early stages. Since the American invasion of Iraq, it is estimated that over 80,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed. And almost four million Iraqi civilians are now refugees. Behind these numbers are real people with heart-wrenching stories. Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen explore and expose injustice and battered lives, transforming interviews they conducted with Iraqi refugees in Jordan into an anthology of monologues. Together, these poignant, first-person narratives coalesce into powerful documentary theater that not only puts a human face on war, but helps address human rights issues and a humanitarian disaster that will impact our world for generations.

Monday, October 6, 2008, 7:00pm
I Hate To Be The One To Tell You This with Mark Crispin Miller
Directed by Gregory Keller
Mark Crispin Miller is a Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU, and a longtime proponent of democracy in the United States. Mr. Miller presented his public meditation on the issues of the day, with a focus on the 2008 presidential Election.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 6pm
Repeat Defenders Evening at Beast
Repeat Defenders joined Artistic Director James Nicola and members of our artistic community for wine
and hors d’oeuvres at Cucina di Pesce (87 E. 4th Street) at 6pm, then attended the play at 7pm and stayed
for an AfterWords discussion.

Monday, September 22, 2008 7:00pm
Presentation of Year One Of The Empire
A Play of American Politics, War, and Protest taken from the historical record
By Elinor Fuchs and Joyce Antler, directed by Moisés Kaufman
This award-winning documentary play, Year One Of The Empire, written as a white-hot act of political protest by a nationally-known theater critic and historian, takes an often hilarious, grotesque, and finally tragic journey through the launching of the American empire at the turn of the twentieth century. Avowed imperialists like President William McKinley and a fast-rising Theodore Roosevelt maneuvered the U.S. into empire; all the while the anti-imperialist movement vigorously protested imperial policy.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 7pm
Thoughts on the Next Election (If Any) with Mark Crispin Miller, directed by Gregory Keller
Mark Crispin Miller is a Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU, and a longtime proponent of democracy in the United States.

Tuesday, June 10, 7:30pm-9pm
Wine & Cheese Reception – The Jenin Freedom Theatre
Juliano Mer Khamis, artistic director of the Jenin Freedom Theatre, and Dr. Mervat Aiash, Board Chairperson,
spoke about the current activities of The Freedom Theatre, a children’s theatre program located in the middle of
the refugee camp in Jenin (Occupied Palestinian Territories). Mer Khamis, a controversial actor, director and political activist, created and directed the award-winning documentary “Arna’s Children,” which shows his mother’s work with children in Jenin and its destruction by the Israeli Army in 2002. Dr. Aiash, professor of fine arts at the Arab American University in Jenin, provides an important model for the girls in the theatre and is a link between the theatre and the university community.

Monday, June 9, 7pm
Presentation of THE BIG BOOT
By Jenny Allen, directed by James Lapine
Jenny Allen’s work-in-progress, THE BIG BOOT, is her story of the harrowing tailspin of being diagnosed and treated for ovarian cancer -- and the collateral damage of her illness on her family. But it’s funny too. Jenny Allen is a writer and performer, whose profiles, essays and reviews have appeared for years in many magazines, including The New York Times, New York, Esquire, and Vogue. James Lapine, distinguished as both a writer and a director, has been nominated for eleven Tony Awards, winning on three occasions. His work has also been recognized with six Drama Desk Awards, an Obie Award, and the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Ms. Allen and Mr. Lapine have been collaborating on THE BIG BOOT since the summer of 2007and showed their work-in-progress at White Oak in March of this year.

Friday, May 23, 2008 6:45pm - 7:30pm
Special pre-show discussion in conjunction with THE PROGRAM
David Cote conducted a pre-show conversation with director John Collins about THE SOUND AND THE FURY (APRIL SEVENTH, 1928). They discussed literature on stage, adaptation and the work of Elevator Repair Service. THE PROGRAM consists of Helen Shaw, David Cote and Jeffrey Jones - two reviewers and a playwright-cultural critic-who want the widest possible audience to feel welcome at the widest range of dramatically ambitious work. Armed with pre-show discussions and supplementary dramaturgical materials, THE PROGRAM roams from theater to theater, providing context to audiences at selected experimental productions.

Monday, May 12, 2008 7:30-9pm
NYTW 25: Two-and-a-Half Decades of Serving The Artist (Part II)
The final event in New York Theatre Workshop’s special series of 25th Anniversary public programs continued the discussion of “workshop” initiatives, with a focus on our Artists of Color Fellowships and our Companies-in-Residence Programs. The panel was moderated by Moises Kaufman of Tectonic Theater Project, and participants included Moe Angelos of the Five Lesbian Brothers, John Collins of Elevator Repair Service, Ruben Polendo of MITU, Najla Saïd of Nibras, and Chiori Miyagawa, who launched the first fellowships at NYTW.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 6pm at New York Theatre Workshop.
Repeat Defenders Evening at The Sound and the Fury
Artistic Director James Nicola joined Repeat Defenders Chair Julie Denny, and members of our artistic community for wine and hors d’oeuvres at Cucina di Pesce (87 E. 4th Street) at 6pm, then attend the play at 7pm and stayed for an AfterWords discussion.

Monday, March 24, 2008 7:30-9pm Location: 79 East 4th Street
NYTW 25: Two-and-a-Half Decades of Serving the Artist

New York Theatre Workshop’s special series of twenty-fifth anniversary public programs will be a discussion exploring the “workshop” component of our activities.

February 26, 2008
Repeat Defenders Evening at Liberty City
Artistic Director James Nicola, Repeat Defenders Chair Julie Denny and members of our artistic community gathered for wine and hors d'oeuvres, then attend the play and stayed for a lively AfterWords post-performance discussion.

January 29, 2008
Fireside Chat
A panel discussion exploring the social and political conditions that fueled the 1980 Miami riots and the larger picture of black activism in the latter half of the twentieth century featured Jessica Blank, co-author and director of Liberty City; April Yvette Thompson, co author and performer of Liberty City; Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin, Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies and Director of the Insitute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University; and, April Silver, a social entrepreneur, community leader, and writer who founded Akila Worksongs, a Brooklyn-based organization that provides consulting services to artists and activists.

December 11, 2007
Repeat Defenders Cocktails at Beckett Shorts
Repeat Defenders mixed and mingled at a pre-theatre cocktail hour at Cucina di Pesce with Jim Nicola and several NYTW trustees. An AfterWords discussion with Jennifer Tipton, Lighting Designer; Andreea Mincic, Assistant Set Designer; Mirit Tal, Video Designer; Efran Delgadillo, Technical Director followed the performance that evening. Download a recording of that conversation

November 27, 2007
Fireside Chat
Director JoAnne Akalaitis and Composer Philip Glass discussed their careers, collaborations and their work on NYTW’s production, Beckett Shorts. Moderated by NYTW’s Associate Artistic Director, Linda Chapman. Download a recording of that conversation

November 5, 2007
NYTW 25 Special Anniversary Event: New Directors Project (1983-1989)
Alumni discussed the Workshop’s support of their early artistic development and how it shaped their careers. Panelists included Liz Diamond, David Esbjornson, Michael Greif, Brian Kulick, Jean Passanante, Lisa Peterson, and Bartlett Sher.

October 22, 2007
Repeat Defenders Evening at the Movies
In conjunction with the production of The Misanthrope, Repeat Defenders and their guests attended a private showing of Ariane Mnouchkine’s rarely seen 1978’s movie Molière.

October 9, 2007
Repeat Defenders Cocktails at The Misanthrope
Repeat Defenders attended a pre-theatre cocktail hour at Cucina di Pesce with Jim Nicola and several NYTW trustees, where Jim opened the floor to a theatrical Q & A! An AfterWords discussion with the cast of The Misanthrope followed the performance that evening.

September 24, 2007
Opening Night of The Misanthrope
Repeat Defenders at the Courageous and Diligent levels attended the opening performance of Ivo van Hove’s The Misanthrope, and then joined the cast and creative team in the transformed 3rd Floor Rehearsal Hall for cocktails, dinner, video and art installations, and revelry.

September 5, 2007
Fireside Chat
Exploring Molière. In preparation for the production of The Misanthrope, NYTW hosted a panel discussion exploring traditions and innovations in the productions of Molière’s plays, featuring two members of the NYU French faculty: Dr. Judith Miller, Department Chair and specialist in French and Francophone theatre, Dr. Benoît Bolduc, specialist in 17th century French history and performance, as well as Bart Van den Eynde, Ivo van Hove’s dramaturg for the production of The Misanthrope. Download a recording of that conversation

July 31, 2007
Opening Night of The Black Eyed
Repeat Defenders at the Courageous and Diligent levels attended the opening night performance, and then joined playwright Betty Shamieh, director Sam Gold, the cast, and their celebrity guests at the after-party!

June 12, 2007
Repeat Defenders Cocktails at Horizon
Repeat Defenders mixed and mingled at a pre-theatre cocktail hour at Cucina di Pesce with Jim Nicola and several NYTW trustees. An AfterWords discussion with the cast of Horizon followed the performance that evening. Download a recording of that conversation.

May 5 & 6, 2007
ASWAT: Voices of Palestine Public Programs
The first collaboration between NYTW and company-in-residence Nibras, an Arab-American theatre collective, this reading and discussion series was produced in partnership with the Drama Department at New York University, and was held at the Loewe Theatre at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Eight plays highlighting the Palestinian experience were read and discussed over the course of two days. Repeat Defenders were invited to attend along with NYTW Trustees, Members, and guests of Nibras and NYU.

April 30, 2007
Repeat Defenders Workshop Presentation: Sliding Into the Beast
Repeat Defenders and Usual Suspects were invited to attend this exclusive, one-night only performance. Sliding Into The Beast is a collaborative project of New York University Graduate School of Drama students in their second year, based on the book “Beast of No Nation” by Uzodinma Iweala about child soldiers in Africa. The company tells the tale in a “township-workshop style” theatrical form that flourished in South Africa in the 1980’s.

April 15, 2007
Opening Night of All The Wrong Reasons
Repeat Defenders at the Courageous and Diligent levels attended the opening night performance, and then joined John Fugelsang and his guests at the after-party.

April 10, 2007
Repeat Defenders Cocktails at All the Wrong Reasons
Repeat Defenders mixed and mingled at a pre-theatre cocktail hour at Cucina di Pesce with Jim Nicola and several NYTW trustees. An AfterWords discussion with John Fugelsang followed the performance that evening.

April 5, 2007
Fireside Chat
Theatrical Collaborators. NYTW Usual Suspect Anne Bogart hosted a lively discussion with director Ivo van Hove, designer Jan Versweyveld, and actress Elizabeth Marvel. Together with the Repeat Defenders, Usual Suspects, and prominent members of the theatrical community, these artists explored the remarkable creative process that Ivo, Jan, and Elizabeth have developed together, shared the back-stage stories of favorite past productions, and talked about their upcoming production of The Misanthrope at NYTW in the 2007/08 Season. Download an excerpt recording of that conversation

February 26, 2007
25th Anniversary Party And 365 Days/365 Plays
Repeat Defenders joined the members of NYTW’s artistic community for an exclusive party celebrating our 25th Anniversary Season. Attendees mingled with Usual Suspects, artists from our season productions, and cut the 25th Anniversary cake. Also that evening, NYTW hosted a night of readings for Susan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days/365 Plays Festival, to which attending Repeat Defenders were invited.

February 6, 2007
Opening Night of All That I Will Ever Be. Repeat Defenders donating at the Courageous and Diligent levels attend the opening night performance, and then joined the cast and creative team for the after party at Ludo Lounge.

January 30, 2007
Repeat Defenders Cocktails at All That I Will Ever Be
Repeat Defenders mixed and mingled at a pre-theatre cocktail hour at Cucina di Pesce. An AfterWords discussion with playwright Alan Ball followed the performance that evening.

December 4, 2006
Opening Night of KAOS
Repeat Defenders donating at the Courageous and Diligent levels attend the opening night performance of the Pirandello Project, and then joined the cast and creative team at the party afterwards.

November 30, 2006
Fireside Chat
Theater Architecture. NYTW Architect Mitchell Kurtz, Artistic Director Jim Nicola, and Managing Director Lynn Moffat discussed theatrical architecture and NYTW’s evolving look. Beverages and snacks served in front of a roaring fire!

November 21, 2006
Repeat Defenders Cocktails at KAOS
Repeat Defenders mixed and mingled at a pre-theatre cocktail hour at Cucina di Pesce with Martha Clarke and her collaborators, as well as the staff and trustees of NYTW. An AfterWords discussion with the creative team followed the performance that evening.

November 1, 2006
Dinner with Jim
Repeat Defenders at the Courageous level were invited to the home of a fellow supporter for an intimate dinner with Artistic Director Jim Nicola and Repeat Defender Chair Julie Denny, who shared the behind-the-scenes stories of New York Theatre Workshop and its artists.

October 28, 2006
The Two Way Street: Immigration and the Individual
An important theme common to all of the plays the 2006/07 season was how the individual is shaped by migration and movement. New York Theatre Workshop, in sponsorship with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics and the Wolfson Center for National Affairs at The New School, presented an afternoon of two panels. The discussions addressed the experiences of different immigrant groups in a multi-faceted way, with speakers that included scholars, historians, community organizers, and artists. Repeat Defenders received priority booking notice and complimentary tickets.

October 17, 2006
Fireside Chat
International Collaborations. Up in the cozy 3rd Floor Rehearsal Room, Giovanni Papotto, Italian dramaturg of Martha Clarke’s KAOS, led a discussion with the four actors who have joined the production from Italy to talk about the life of the Italian actor, and the vast differences between the theatrical arts in America and Italy, including funding, attendance, and artistic freedoms. Repeat Defenders and Usual Suspects enjoyed refreshments and an engaging, intimate discussion with these guest artists.

October 11, 2006
Repeat Defenders Cocktails at ¡El Conquistador!
Repeat Defenders met and mingled at a pre-theatre cocktail hour at Cucina di Pesce, our neighborhood hangout. An AfterWords discussion with the show’s creators followed the performance that evening.

October 3, 2006

Opening Night of ¡El Conquistador!
Repeat Defenders at the Courageous and Diligent levels attended the opening night performance of ¡El Conquistador!, and then joined the cast and creative team at the celebration afterwards.

September 18, 2006
The Telenovela and The Media!
In partnership with the Colombian Consulate in New York, the Workshop produced a panel featuring the creators of ¡El Conquistador!, and several media scholars, including Hanna Rosin, staff writer at The Washington Post and author of a recent New Yorker piece on socially conscious telenovelas. Panelists explored the overwhelming phenomenon of the telenovela in Colombia, and its influence on and shaping of media images of Hispanic people.

May 16, 2006
Repeat Defenders Cocktail at columbinus
Pre-theatre cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the private dining room of Cucina di Pesce with Artistic Director Jim Nicola. An AfterWords discussion with the show’s co-authors, PJ Paparelli and Stephen Karam followed the performance.

May 7, 2006
The Benefits of Building Green
Sustainable design and construction for a better city. This town hall meeting held at our theatre was open to Repeat Defenders, local arts organizations, and other community members. Moderated by NYTW Managing Director Lynn Moffat, panelists included NYTW’s architect Mitchell Kurtz, Peter Blom of Con Edison Solutions, and Mark McCracken, who sits on the board of the U.S. Green Building Council. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer delivered the opening remarks.

April 17, 2006
Repeat Defenders Exclusive Reading
Floodgate
by Larry Gelbart, directed by Moises Kaufman. Larry Gelbart’s satirical look at Washington’s investigation of the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. The reading featured: Dylan Baker, Guy Boyd, Reed Birney, Bob Dishy, Michael Emerson, Buck Henry, Judith Ivey, Pia Lindstrom, Stuart Margolin, Bronson Pinchot, Remak Ramsay, David Rasche, Robert Vaughn, and Harris Yulin.

April 11, 2006
Fireside Chat
Exploring Documentary Theatre. Repeat Defenders enjoyed snacks and wine and heard from PJ Paparelli and Stephen Karam, co-authors of columbinus, on the intricacies and challenges of drawing from real-life events to create a theatrical discussion. The authors also spoke about their trips to Littleton, CO. This fascinating discussion was moderated by The Civilians’ Steve Cosson.

February 7, 2006
Repeat Defenders Cocktails at The Seven
Pre-theatre cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at Cucina di Pesce, the performance, and an exclusive AfterWords discussion with playwright Will Power and director Jo Bonney.

January 12, 2006
Repeat Defenders Reading
NYTW hosted a reading of Aeschylus’s Seven Against Thebes, directed by Kevin Kuhlke, the Chair of the Drama Department at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Repeat Defenders were treated to a fascinating talk NYU professor of classics Michael Peter Bolus, who discussed the historical, social, and political context of the Greek classic that inspired Will Power to create The Seven. The talk was followed by the lively reading, performed by a stunning cast of professional actors, and several undergraduate students from Tisch’s Drama Department.

December 13, 2005
Fireside Chat
The Making of The Seven. As NYTW prepared for the January 2006 production of Will Power’s The Seven, Repeat Defenders, Usual Suspects, and invited guests joined playwrights Charles L. Mee and Power for a conversation about the many challenges and rewards of adapting Greek mythology for contemporary audiences. Chuck interviewed Will about his background, his path as an artist, and his upcoming projects. This conversation became the basis for American Theatre’s magazine March 2006 cover story on The Seven.

November 8, 2005
Repeat Defenders Cocktail at Bach at Leipzig
Pre-theatre cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at Cucina di Pesce, the performance, and an exclusive AfterWords discussion with playwright Itamar Moses and director Pam MacKinnon.

October 26, 2005
Dinner with Jim
Artistic Director Jim Nicola took several “Courageous” Repeat Defenders out to an intimate dinner at Angus McIndoe’s restaurant in midtown Manhattan. These outstanding supporters had the opportunity to hear the behind-the-scenes stories of the Workshop, and met others who share their commitment to the theatre, its artists, and its productions.

October 24, 2005
Fireside Chat
Historical Subjects, Contemporary Voices. This conversation with playwrights Amy Freed (The Beard of Avon, Safe in Hell), Charles L. Mee (Vienna:Lusthaus (revisited), Belle Époque), Itamar Moses (Bach at Leipzig), and Doug Wright (Quills, I Am My Own Wife), was moderated by NYTW Founding Trustee Stephen Graham. The lively discussion explored the reasons these playwrights choose historical subject matter to express their very contemporary points of view.

October 3, 2005
Wine and cheese reception
The 2005 Act French Festival, which brought a season of new theatre from France to New York City, drew an international crowd to the Workshop when NYTW presented a staged reading of two contemporary English adaptations of the works of the French comic master Marivaux, under the direction of French director Marc Paquien. Repeat Defenders were invited to a wine and cheese reception before the event.

September 19, 2005
Repeat Defenders Reading
What I Heard About Iraq: A Cry For 5 Voices. A stage version of Eliot Weinberger's provocative article from The London Review of Books, adapted by Simon Levy and directed by Michael John Garcés. The play utilizes verbatim quotes from elected officials, military leaders, American soldiers, and Iraqi citizens to explore the unfolding human drama behind the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and was performed before an audience of Repeat Defenders, Usual Suspects, and NYTW Board and Staff.

May 16, 2005
Cuban Arts Festival
Two special events presented in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Cuban Arts Festival New York, showcasing two of the Workshop’s Usual Suspects: Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas (a reading of his play Bird in the Hand), and María Irene Fornés (a birthday celebration, readings from selected plays, and a sneak preview of The Rest I Make Up: Documenting Irene by Michelle Memran).

May 4, 2005
Repeat Defenders Cocktails at Score
Pre-theatre cocktails, the performance, and an exclusive AfterWords discussion with Score creator Anne Bogart, the actor Tom Nellis (who portrayed Leonard Bernstein in the piece), and Bernstein’s daughter Jamie Bernstein Thomas.

April 18, 2005
Fireside Chat
How to Pick a Season. Hosted by Repeat Defenders Chair Julie Denny and moderated by the Executive Director of Theatre Communications Group Ben Cameron, this panel discussion with NYTW’s artistic staff took Repeat Defenders on a step-by-step journey through the season selection process.

April 12, 2005
Our Front Porch
Family Portraits from Queer America, presented at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, with playwright Paul Rudnick and New York City Councilwoman Margarita Lopez. The panel was hosted by Usual Suspects Christopher Murray, a counselor at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Community Center and the Co-President of Lambda Independent Democrats, Brooklyn’s LGBT political club.

March 15, 22, and April 5, 2005
Hard Times with Mark Crispin Miller
Repeat Defenders and Usual Suspects were invited to join Miller as he shared his latest piece, which focuses on the myths and the realities of post-election America, in the intimate 4th Street Theatre.

March 29, 2005
Reading
Kenneth Jedding’s Time and the King, a new play exploring ways that fascism takes a society by surprise, set in Germany in the early twentieth century and America in the twenty-first. Trustees, Repeat Defenders, and Usual Suspects were invited to attend.

March 7, 2005
An Evening with John Waters
Mr. Waters performed his one-man-show to a packed house at 79 East 4th Street, and then opened up the floor to questions about his long and fascinating career. Select supporters were invited to attend.

March 3, 2005
Workshop Presentation
The Seven, a work-in-progress. This Jonathan Larson Lab focused on the new Hip-hop musical by Will Power based on Aeschylus’s The Seven Against Thebes, directed by Jo Bonney. Select supporters were invited to attend.

January 19, 2005
Fireside Chat
Designing for the Stage. Hosted by director Michael Greif (Rent), with costume designer Gabriel Berry (A Number) and scenic designer David Korins (Oedipus at Palm Springs).

November 22, 2004
Fireside Chat
NYTW Season Sampler for 2004/05. Artistic Director James Nicola’s talks about the upcoming NYTW season with artists James Macdonald (A Number), Mildred Ruiz, Steven Sapp, Paul Thompson (Eyewitness Blues), and Mark Campbell (Songs from an Unmade Bed).

October 18, 2004
Stuff Happens
A staged reading of David Hare’s controversial Bush Administration drama, featuring Len Cariou, Reg E. Cathey, John Guare, John Benjamin Hickey, Arliss Howard, Donald Moffat, Gloria Reuben, Wallace Shawn, and Debra Winger.

September 1, 2004
Republican National Convention
Mark Crispin Miller’s Patriot Act, a funny and frightening exposé of threats to American democracy and freedom, plays to a packed house at the 79 East 4th Street Theatre.

August 30 & 31, 2004
Republican National Convention
Reading of Tony Kushner’s Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall Be Unhappy with Holly Hunter, Cynthia Nixon and Lisa Kron. Repeat Defenders received exclusive invitation to attend the RNC events.

May 24, 2004
Myths & Realities
The Homeless in New York City. A panel of experts, moderated by The New York Times journalist Nina Bernstein, led the NYTW patrons and Usual Suspects in a candid discussion of the city’s homelessness problem in conjunction with the production of Kia Corthron’s moving story of life on the streets, Light Raise the Roof. Panelists included Steven Banks, Associate Attorney-in-Chief of the Legal Aide Society; Mary Brosnahan Sullivan, the Executive Director of the Coalition for the Homeless; Michael Hess, Senior Managing Partner of Giuliani Partners; and Martin Oesterreich, the former Commissioner of the Department of Homeless Services.