Winter/Spring Events Just Announced

January 7, 2014 / Nathan, Donna, Jonathan... oh my!


We are proud to announce our amazing line-up of Winter and Spring events, guaranteed to satisfy your every theatrical whim!

Our UpClose series invites guests into an intimate Q&A with two industry professionals.  We kick off the season with the most recent winner of The Drama League's Distinguished Performance Award,  Nathan Lane, moderated by his The Nance director and friend Jack O'Brien (Thursday January 30th). We are also pleased to present Jonathan Groff and his Spring Awakening director (and Directors Project alumnus) Michael Mayer (Monday February 17th); Tony-award winning playwright John Patrick Shanley (Tuesday February 25th); acclaimed composer Jason Robert Brownmoderated by Tony-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Monday March 10th) and two-time Tony-winner Donna Murphy (Monday April 21st).  In addition, we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the beloved Disney musical Beauty and the Beast with a special event on Monday March 3rd, which will reunite several of the original cast members. 

Even more UpClose events will be announced in the coming weeks! Stay tuned.

We are also launching an exciting Directors Project initiative called Rough Draft. Inspired by the atmosphere and methodologies of poetry slams and open mike nights, Rough Draft is a monthly event that allows director/playwright teams to explore the earliest developmental stages of a new play, project or idea in a one-day residency in The Drama League Theater Center’s Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio Lab.  

On Friday January 24th, Our inaugural Rough Draft recipient, Jesse Geiger directs DR. DARLING AND THE LOST BOYS OF BUSHWICK, a contemporary rock musical loosely inspired by the story of Peter Pan. It recasts Wendy, Peter and the Lost Boys as Brooklyn 20-somethings lost in a video- game and pop-culture infused fantasia of their city. They battle an X-Box villain, Hook, and wander through the rites of passage (and gentrification) on the way to adulthood.

On Friday February 28th, David Mendizabal directs AND SHE WOULD STAND LIKE THISis Trojan Women" meets "Paris is Burning", Jennie Livingston’s seminal documentary on Harlem ball culture. Set in a hospital waiting room in the midst of a mysterious plague, the play explores the complicated issues of gender, sexuality, health, family and motherhood.

We hope you wil join us for our exciting season of talks, workshops, events, readings and classes. For more information and to register, visit our Events page.