Primary Stages Announces Talkback Series for Discord
Guests will include Lewis Black, Arianna Huffington, Andrew Ross Sorkin, and more.
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."