Lewis Black will be participating in a talkback after the October 12 performance of Scott Carter's The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord.
Lewis Black will be participating in a talkback after the October 12 performance of Scott Carter's The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord.
(© Tristan Fuge)

Primary Stages has announced a talkback series after select performances of the first production of their 2017-18 season, the New York premiere of Scott Carter's The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord, at Cherry Lane Theatre September 19-October 22.

The lineup, which is subject to change, is as follows:

Saturday, September 30, 2pm: performance artist and author Karen Finley

Saturday, October 7, 2pm: New York Times columnist and CNBC Squawk Box host Andrew Ross Sorkin

Saturday, October 7, 8pm: ex-New York Times ethicist and current Person Place Thing host Randy Cohen

Thursday, October 12, 8pm: comedian, author, and playwright Lewis Black

Friday, October 13, 8pm: Thrive Global founder and C.E.O. Arianna Huffington

Saturday, October 14, 8pm: New Yorker contributing writer and author Maria Konnikova

Sunday, October 15, 3pm: ex-U.S. Representative Rick Lazio (R-NY)

Sunday, October 21, 8pm: progressive radio talk show host and Author Thom Hartmann

Sunday, October 22, 3pm: Curb Your Enthusiasm star and comedian Susie Essman

Carter himself will lead all the talkbacks.

In Carter's play, making its New York premiere in a production directed by Kimberly Senior, Duane Boutté (Parade) will play Charles Dickens, Michael Laurence (Talk Radio) will be Thomas Jefferson, and Thom Sesma (Pacific Overtures) takes on Leo Tolstoy. It "finds three of history's most famous men, all of whom wrote their own version of the gospels, debating everything from religion to literature to marriage."

For tickets and more information, click here.