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The Group Theatre & How It Transformed American Culture

Next Monday, June 4:

The Group Theatre & How It Transformed American Culture

In 1931, three theatrical visionaries - Harold Clurman, Lee Strasberg, and Cheryl Crawford - created America’s first permanent company of actors, The Group Theatre. Modeled on the Moscow Art Theatre, The Group Theatre presented timely plays using Constantin Stanislavsky’s System of Acting with an ensemble that included Stella Adler, Sandy Meisner, Bobby Lewis, Sidney Lumet, and Elia Kazan. The Group Theatre premiered many legendary American plays over a ten year period, among them Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing, and their influence continues.

Theatre historian Mel Gordon and International artist/educator Ronald Rand invite you to join us for this special day. Events include:

An afternoon program focusing on three of the Group Theatre's most legendary figures, with rare video and audio clips from interviews and productions as well as readings, reenactments and slide presentations from rehearsals and productions. With spotlights on Lee Strasberg at 2pm, Stella Adler at 3pm, and Harold Clurman at 4pm.

Followed by:

An evening program at 6:30pm reflecting on the history and legacy of the Group Theatre company, with readings from the Group Theatre Diary, readings from Ronald Rand's play The Group!, original screen tests from 1936, and a panel discussion featuring Wendy Smith, Lee Grant, Ellen Adler, John Strasberg, Fritz Weaver, Mel Gordon, & Ronald Rand.

The full lineup is available here.

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Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in Elebash Hall, The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave at 34th St.

Free! First come, first served.

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    A former member

    It was an interesting pannel discussion.

    June 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds interesting. I'm working during the day; is it possible to attend only the evening program?

    June 1, 2012

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