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Creating a Theatre for a New Audience: The intersection of architecture, design, and theatre

Jean-Guy LecatPhoto courtesy of Jean-Guy Lecat

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

In 2000, Harvey Lichtenstein, recently retired executive director of BAM, invited Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA), a modern classical theatre, to build its first home in what was previously known as the BAM Cultural District. Established in 1979, TFANA produces Shakespeare alongside a wide range of other major authors. Jeffrey Horowitz, founding artistic director, wanted space that would be both intimate and epic, but without one fixed perspective, so that artists could change the configuration of the stage and audience depending upon the needs of a particular play and production.

Over the next year, TFANA will host a series of free public discussions, which will focus on how theatrical design can support art. Part One of the Series, to take place on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, is a conversation between Jean-Guy Lecat−scenic designer and architectural consultant for Peter Brook’s Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris and BAM Harvey Theater, and consultant to Jeffrey Horowitz on the Scripps Mainstage at TFANA's Polonsky Shakespeare Center−and Randy Gener, award-winning editor, writer, critic and artist.

The Jan. 5 event is free and open to the public, and will begin at 5:30 p.m at Theatre for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Place). 

January 2, 2014 - 12:30pm


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