On Sunday, February 24 at 6:00pm, The New Group offers the next event in this season's continuing series Dark Nights at The New Group: "Stand-Up Center Stage" with Janeane Garofalo, Mario Cantone and Judy Gold in a discussion moderated by Susan Blackwell. Reservations required at firstname.lastname@example.org (space is limited). Suggested donation: $20. Free for New Group subscribers.
New York of late has seen crossover between the world of stand-up and so-called "legit" theater. Join the brilliant stand-ups/actors Janeane Garofalo (last season's Russian Transport at The New Group), Mario Cantone (Assassins, Laugh Whore) and Judy Gold (The Judy Show - My Life as a Sitcom, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother) for this Dark Nights event as they compare working onstage in these two seemingly unlike forms. The discussion will be moderated by the acclaimed, incomparable Susan Blackwell (title of show, The New Group's The Kid). Q&A will follow the discussion.
Now in its fifth season, Dark Nights at The New Group is a series of cultural conversations and readings designed to create a dialogue between artists and audience. Dark Nights generally coincide with mainstage productions at The New Group, creating a forum for public conversation and enhancing the cultural landscape. These events have featured Ethan Hawke and Jonathan Marc Sherman discussing Sherman's new play inspired by Brecht's Baal; Scott Elliott, Lisa Emery, Mamie Gummer, Josh Hamilton and Wallace Shawn in Hamlet at Home; and Thomas Bradshaw and Todd Solondz in Talking Taboos. Previous Dark Nights events have featured luminaries such as F. Murray Abraham, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Eric Bogosian, Zoe Caldwell, David Henry Hwang, Tony Kushner, Martha Plimpton and Hal Prince. Dark Nights at The New Group collaborated with the 92nd Street Y for an event featuring Matthew Broderick and Kenneth Lonergan (The Starry Messenger), moderated by Leonard Lopate. Topics have ranged from gay adoption (in an event hosted by Rosie O'Donnell timed to The Kid) to an evening highlighting Sam Shepard's work (led by Ethan Hawke with music by the composers from A Lie of the Mind), to a panel on documentary theatre (featuring Marc Wolf performing Another American, his OBIE-winning play first produced at The New Group ten years ago).