“Ancient Tragedy vs. Modern Tragedy” discussion

Our next FEED discussion in support of THE TRUTH: A TRAGEDY is now available on-line. Listen in to the playwright Craig Lucas and writer-performer Cynthia Hopkins speak about the concept of tragedy and how it relates to Cynthia’s work, as well as a smorgasbord of other wonderful topics and ideas.

FEED discussion 5 is a co-production between Soho Rep and BOMB magazine. Click here to listen in. Let us know what you think!


CYNTHIA HOPKINS is the recipient of the 2007 Alpert Award in Theater, honoring her work as a writer, composer, performer, multi-instrumentalist, and theater artist. She is the co-founder and artistic director of the ensemble company Accinosco – a collective of performing artists, designers, and musicians dedicated to creating groundbreaking original works that meld music, text, technical and theatrical design, and video with unbelievable fact and outrageous fiction (www.accinosco.com) – with whom she has created three full-length works (collectively known as The Accidental Trilogy): Accidental Nostalgia (2005 Bessie Award for Creation); Must Don’t Whip ‘Um (2007 Bessie Award for Design); and The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success). These works feature the band Gloria Deluxe (www.gloriadeluxe.com), which Ms. Hopkins formed in 1999 and which has since produced seven full-length albums and performed at numerous venues in New York City and elsewhere.

CRAIG LUCAS’ plays include Missing Persons, Blue Window, Reckless, God’s Heart, The Dying Gaul, Stranger, Small Tragedy, Prayer For My Enemy and The Singing Forest. He wrote the book for The Light In The Piazza, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel; the musical play Three Postcards, music and lyrics by Craig Carnelia; the libretto for the opera Orpheus in Love, music by Gerald Busby; and he has recently completed Two Boys, an opera with composer Nico Muhly. His new English adaptations include Brecht’s Galileo, Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya, and Strindberg’s Miss Julie. His screenplays include Longtime Companion (Sundance Audience Award), The Secret Lives of Dentists (New York Film Critics Best Screenplay), Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless and The Dying Gaul (Campbell Scott, Patricia Clarkson, Peter Sarsgaard), which he also directed. Last year Lucas directed the film Birds of America (Ginnifer Goodwin, Ben Foster, Lauren Graham, Hilary Swank, Matthew Perry). Onstage he directed Harry Kondoleon’s plays Saved or Destroyed at Rattlestick (Obie Award for Best Director) and Play Yourself as well as his own play This Thing of Darkness (co-authored with David Schulner) at the Atlantic. He has worked with directors Bartlett Sher, Norman Rene, Mark Wing-Davey, Daniel Sullivan, Joe Mantello, Michael Mayer, Lisa Peterson, Anders Cato and Troy Miller. His work has been seen on and off Broadway, and at such institutional theaters as Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Circle Rep, Ensemble Studio Theater, Goodman, Hartford Stage, Intiman, Lincoln Center, Long Wharf, Manhattan Theater Club, New York Shakespeare Festival, New York Theater Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Portland Stage, Rattlestick, Roundabout, Seattle Rep, South Coast Rep, Steppenwolf, Trinity Rep & the Vineyard, and it is widely produced internationally. Twice nominated for a Tony (Prelude to a Kiss and The Light in the Piazza), three times for the Drama Desk (Prelude, Missing Persons and Reckless), he has won the L.A. Drama Critics Award (Blue Window), the American Theater Critics Award for Best American Play (The Singing Forest), the Hull-Warriner Award (The Light in the Piazza), the LAMBDA Literary Award (for his anthology What I Meant Was), the Flora Roberts Award, the Excellence in Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Laura Pels/PEN Mid-Career Achievement Award; he has twice won the Obie Award for Best Play (Prelude and Small Tragedy). He graduated from Boston University where he studied with poet Anne Sexton. Lucas serves as Associate Artistic Director at the Intiman Theater in Seattle, and he is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild, SSDC and PEN America.

FEED/Soho Rep wish to thank
John A. Selzer, Prof. Christine Mills of NYU for her astute curatorial assistance, Ken Dingledine at Samuel French Publishers, THE TRUTH: A TRAGEDY creative and production teams, Bobby McElver, BOMB magazine (Monica de la Torre, Paul Morris, Luke Degnan) and our wonderful panelists.

Join Us Again
Please join us for our sixth FEED discussion on Thursday May 27. The topic is: “The Truth: A Cabinet of Curiosities” and the participants are D. Graham Burnett (Princeton University), Lawrence Weschler (former staff writer for The New Yorker magazine), Dave Herman (President, The Williamsburg Reliquary Society) and Cynthia Hopkins.

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