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Brian Dennehy to Discuss O'Neill, Miller, and Beckett at the Sheen Center

The two-time Tony winner joins the Manhattan venue's 2016-17 season of programming.

Two-time Tony winner Brian Dennehy will head to the Sheen Center this fall for a conversation on classic playwrights.
(© David Gordon)

The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture has announced the lineup of fall and winter programming for its 2016-17 season.

Highlights of the upcoming season are as follows: Brian Dennehy on Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller and Samuel Beckett, an evening of performance and conversation moderated by Anne Cattaneo (September 16); special advance film screenings featuring conversations with stars and creative team members, including 2016 Sundance award-winning The Birth of a Nation with Nate Parker (October 3); Capital Punishment in the Year of Mercy: A Talk With Sister Helen Prejean, subject of Dead Man Walking (November 15); All Falls Down: An Evening of Poetry with poetry sensation Sarah Kay, Anis Mojgani, and more (September 10); a stage production of Gorey: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey, in which three actors simultaneously play the enigmatic artist and writer (December 14-23; January 3-14, 2017); and multiple concerts with Broadway Inspirational Voices, curated by Michael McElroy and featuring Marva Hicks and upcoming The Front Page star Clarke Thorell (January 23 and 30, 2017).

Also a part of the 2016 lineup are Saints of New York, a lively discussion with His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, and others on the many Catholic saints who have lived in New York City (October 8), and Is Anybody Listening? Gospel and Pop to Rock the Soul, a series of musical events about "The Big Issues" facing the planet featuring Angela Robinson (Tyler Perry's The Haves and Have Nots/OWN), Angela Grovey (Newsies), the Jenny Burton Experience, Julia Wade, and the music of two- time Tony Award nominee Peter Link (September 22-October 4).

Several of the Sheen Center's popular series will also return for the 2016-17 season. The next installment of Kate Baldwin & Friends, a concert series curated by the Tony-nominated actress, will be The Music of Georgia Stitt, featuring Ta'Rea Campbell, Jeff Kready, Graham Rowat, and Elena Shaddow (September 18). Artists will also include Irish fiddler Eileen Ivers, who will perform a Christmas concert on December 14, and pianist Anthony DeMare, who is slated to perform December 13.

The season's new series will include Marc Kaplan's Classical Music Series and Convergences, a celebration of indie artists who straddle multiple artistic media (January 9 and 14, 2017); Storyented: Raymond Arroyo in Conversation With Amazing Storytellers, featuring the New York Times bestselling author and journalist in conversation with some of the most successful and creative storytellers of our time (October 2); and a series of free, public readings of new plays by established and rising star playwrights such as Bill Cain's Daylight (a one-woman play on Dorothy Day) and the first full reading of Martina Majok's Queens.

For more information about the Sheen Center's 2016-17 season, click here.

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