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Why Theater Matters: A.C.T’s Carey Perloff, Olympia Dukakis, and Bill Irwin with Margo Jefferson

Apr 1, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 8:15 pm

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On Wednesday, April 1st, 8:15pm at the 92nd St Y in New York City, a panel of theater’s great advocates and innovators—Carey Perloff, artistic director of San Francisco’s legendary American Conservatory Theater, whose new book is Beautiful Chaos, Olympia Dukakis and Bill Irwin —join former New York Times theater critic Margo Jefferson for an evening of enlightened and inspiring discussion about why theater matters and how theater fits into today’s tech-infused world.

This event is the official book launch for Carey Perloff’s new memoir Beautiful Chaos: A Life in Theater, just published by City Lights. Perloff is available for interview.

More about Carey Perloff:
Carey Perloff is the artistic director at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) a position she has held for over 20 years. She began her theater career in New York City when, at age twenty-seven, she was hired to run NYC’s Classic Stage Company. She saved the company from financial ruin by staging vigorous productions of unusual classics and new work with major actors, including the American premieres of Harold Pinter’s Mountain Language and Tony Harrison’s Phaedra Britannica, the world premiere of Ezra Pound’s Elektra, and many others.

In 1982, she was the youngest person ever to be hired to run a major LORT ( League of Regional Theaters) theater when she was hired at A.C.T. In April, A.C.T. opens their Strand Theater in San Francisco’s much talked about tech corridor in the mid-Market area of SF, where they’ll soon be neighbors with Twitter. Perloff can speak about the place of the arts in a very tech-driven city, while also taking on critical questions about arts education, cultural literacy, gender disparity, leadership and power. The New York Times’ Charles Isherwood says, “In her engaging memoir, Beautiful Chaos, to be published in March by City Lights Books, Carey Perloff notes a grim statistic from a 2012 study by the League of Regional Theaters: The percentage of women running such theaters had not increased in 25 years.”

Perloff returns to work in NYC frequently, just directing Tom Stoppard’s “Indian Ink” at the Roundabout Theater.


Apr 1, 2015
8:00 am - 8:15 pm
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92Y, Buttenwieser Hall
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128 United States


Jennifer Giunta Hausler