Playwright David Edgar, best known in this country for his eight-hour stage adaptation of Charles Dickens' The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, will be interviewed by TheaterMania's senior theater critic David Finkle at the Ars Nova theater on Sunday, February 20 at 12:30pm. Edgar will discuss his award winning 1994 play Pentecost, now receiving its New York premiere as the inaugural production in the Barrow's Group's new 99-seat theater, the Barrow Group Arts Center.
Seth Barrish, artistic director the Barrow Group and director of Pentecost, will also be on hand to talk about the challenges of presenting Edgar's complex work, in which a fresco discovered during renovations on an Eastern European church threatens to rewrite the history of art and to disturb delicate political and social balances. The play won the 1995 London Evening Standard award.
The interview with Edgar and Barrish is the latest in TheaterMania's continuing series of talks with theater professionals at Ars Nova.