Playwrights Gather for a Conversation
NCAC Presents an Exclusive Event on June 23 with
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NEW YORK – On Wednesday, June 23 the National Coalition Against Censorship is hosting an unprecedented conversation between four of America’s leading playwrights — Edward Albee, David Henry Hwang, Terrence McNally and Adam Rapp — all of whom have experienced censorship of their work. Time Out
Playwrights on Censorship is a follow-up to last year’s event, A Conversation with Toni Morrison. This successful event inaugurated NCAC’s Free Speech Leadership Council, a select national group of arts, cultural, intellectual, legal and business leaders committed to the defense of free expression.
The evening will also highlight an important and ongoing aspect of NCAC’s work. For years, NCAC has defended the works of many playwrights, including Tony Kushner, Christopher Durang, Craig Lucas, Terrence McNally, and David Henry Hwang, as well as the work of student playwrights and directors whose schools have attempted to control student speech. Adam Rapp’s current play, The Metal Children, which ran at the Vineyard Theater in
This is an exclusive event. For more information, please visit: http://ncac.org/Playwrights-On-Censorship
About the Playwrights & Moderator:
DAVID HENRY HWANG is a playwright, screenwriter, and librettist best known as the author of M. Butterfly. Despite its popularity on Broadway, the Tony Award winning play has met with censorship in the
TERRENCE McNALLY has won Tony Awards for his plays Master Class and Love! Valour! Compassion! His play Corpus Christiwas condemned by the Catholic League; its performance canceled this year at Tarleton State University near Fort Worth, Texas. His other plays include The Lisbon Traviata; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams; The Stendhal Syndrome, and most recently, Golden Age at the
ADAM RAPP is an Obie-award-winning playwright, director, and author of numerous plays including Nocturne, Blackbird, and Red Light Winter (Pulitzer Prize finalist). He is also the author of graphic novels and young adult fiction, including The Buffalo Tree.
DAVID COTE is theater editor and chief drama critic for Time Out New York. He is also an early-career playwright and librettist. In 2008, he was commissioned by the Gingold Theatrical Group to write a full-length play as part of its Press Cuttings program. He has written opera libretti for composers Stefan Weisman and Robert Paterson. David teaches arts criticism at
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