Arthur Laurents
(© Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
Arthur Laurents
(© Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
Legendary playwright and director Arthur Laurents will speak at Manhattan's LGBT Community Center (208 West 13th Street) at 7:30pm on Wednesday, October 15 as part of Out Professionals' lecture series. Laurents will speak with author Charles Kaiser about his decades-long career.

Laurents received a 2008 Tony Award nomination for his direction of the current Broadway revival of Gypsy, which he wrote with Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim, and will be directing the upcoming revival of West Side Story, which he wrote with Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein, that will will begin performances in November as Washington D.C's National Theatre in November before transferring to Broadway's Palace Theatre in February 2009.

In addition, Laurents' new play New Year's Eve will debut next spring at New Jersey's George Street Playhouse, starring Marlo Thomas, and he has recently begun work on another play Come Back, Come Back. Wherever You Are. Moreover, his newest book, Mainly on Directing Gypsy and Other Musicals is scheduled to be published next year.

Admission to the event, which begins with a networking and socializing session at 6pm, is $5 for OP Members and $10 for non-members. For more information, visit www.outprofessionals.org.