The 92nd Street Y has lined up a starry season of appearances, lectures, concerts and readings for the first half of 2006, with actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, playwrights Terrence McNally, Paula Vogel, Jules Feiffer and André Gregory, and performers Julia Murney, Stephen Pasquale and Mary Testa among those taking part in the events.
On January 11th, Hoffman will appear with film historian/critic Annette Insdorf at a screening of Capote. The actor, who has garnered raves for his work as Truman Capote, has also appeared on Broadway in Long Day's Journey Into Night and True West; he earned Tony nominations for both.
Pulitzer Prize-winners McNally (Master Class, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Full Monty) and Vogel (How I Learned to Drive, The Baltimore Waltz) will discuss their work on February 20th, while playwrights Roger Rosenblatt (Bibliomania, Free Speech in America) and Jules Feiffer (Little Murders, Oh, Calcutta!) will also do so on March 16th.
On April 3rd, Robert Scanlan will direct a reading of three Samuel Beckett plays to honor the great Irish playwright's centennial, while a number of dramatic readings will also be offered in the spring. Larry Pine (The Women of Lockerbie, The Seagull) will be featured in Tolstoy's The Kreutzer Sonata on March 6th, Kathryn Walker will helm The Oddysey on March 13th, and Elysa Marden will direct The Sugar Mile by Glyn Maxwell on May 15th. On May 24th, André Gregory (Alice in Wonderland, the films My Dinner with Andre and Vanya on 42nd Street) will direct his play Bone Songs.
Heart and Soul: Frank Loesser's Hollywood, featuring Murney, Pasquale, Testa, as well as Capathia Jenkins, Clarke Thorell and David Yazbek, will be presented from January 21st through 23rd as part of the Lyrics & Lyricists series, while Jeff Harnar, Valerie Lemon, Craig Rubano, KT Sullivan, and Lumiri Tubo will be featured in With Mabel Mercer: The Words Came First, a tribute to the cabaret legend that will run from February 25th through 27th. Harnick: Collector's Items (April 8-10) and Hooray for Hollywood: Johnny Mercer at the Movies (May 6-8) will also be presented as part of the Lyrics and Lyricists series.
Tickets range from $17 to $55. Call 212-415-5500 or visit www.92Y.com for more information.