Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies will speak at Long Wharf Theatre’s Sunday Symposium, taking place on Sunday, October 26th, following the 2 p.m. matinee performance of Our Town. The Sunday Symposium, taking place the third Sunday of every show, is Long Wharf’s longest running and most popular play-going enhancement event, in which artists and scholars speak to the play’s intersection with their own fields.
Margulies will be discussing his perspective on Thornton Wilder’s influence today. Margulies teaches playwriting to undergraduates at Yale University, and he regularly assigns Wilder’s classic to them. “’Why did you assign this play?’ they demand to know. ‘Nothing happens.’ ‘It’s dated.’ ‘Simplistic.’ ‘Sentimental.’ I have them where I want them. Now I can give myself the pleasure of persuading them that they’ve got it all wrong, that the opposite of their criticisms is true: Our Town is anything but dated, it is timeless; it is simple, but also profound; it is full of genuine sentiment, which is not the same as being sentimental; and, as far as its being uneventful, well, the event of the play is huge: it’s life itself,” he wrote in his forward to the play.
Admission to the Sunday Symposium is free. For more information about Our Town and Long Wharf Theatre’s 50th anniversary season, visit www.longwharf.org or call 203-787-4282.
Donald Margulies received the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Dinner With Friends (Variety Arts Theatre [off-Broadway], Comedie des Champs-Elysees [Paris], Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Repertory, American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, Dramatists Guild/Hull-Warriner Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk nominee, a Burns Mantle Best Play). His many plays include Time Stands Still (Geffen Playhouse [Los Angeles]; Manhattan Theatre Club/Friedman Theatre, Cort Theatre [Broadway]; 2010 Tony Award nominee, a Burns Mantle Best Play, American Theatre Critics Association New Play Citation, Outer Critics Award nominee, L.A. Ovation Award nominee); Shipwrecked! An Entertainment – The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont
(as told by himself) (South Coast Repertory, Geffen Playhouse, Primary Stages [off-Broadway]; Outer Critics Circle Award nominee); Brooklyn Boy (Manhattan Theatre Club/Biltmore Theatre [Broadway], South Coast Repertory, Comedie des Champs-Elysees, American Theatre Critics Association New Play Citation, a Burns Mantle Best Play); Sight Unseen (Manhattan Theatre Club/Biltmore Theatre
[Broadway, 2004], Manhattan Theatre Club/Orpheum Theatre , South Coast Repertory; a Burns Mantle Best Play, Obie Award, Dramatists Guild/Hull-Warriner Award, Drama Desk nominee, Pulitzer Prize finalist); Collected Stories (Theatre Royal Haymarket (London), South Coast Repertory, Manhattan Theatre Club [off-Broadway, 1997; Broadway, 2010], HB Studio/Lucille Lortel Theatre, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle/Ted Schmitt Awards, L.A. Ovation Award, Drama Desk nominee, Dramatists Guild/Hull-Warriner Award, Pulitzer Prize finalist, Drama Desk nominee); God of Vengeance (based on the Yiddish classic by Sholem Asch, ACT Theatre (Seattle), Williamstown Theatre Festival); Two Days (Long Wharf Theatre); The Model Apartment (Los Angeles Theatre Center, Primary Stages, Obie
Award, Drama-Logue Award, Dramatists Guild/Hull-Warriner Award finalist, Drama Desk nominee): The Loman Family Picnic (Manhattan Theatre Club, a Burns Mantle Best Play, Drama Desk nominee); What’s Wrong With This Picture? (Manhattan Theatre Club, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Brooks Atkinson Theatre [Broadway]); Broken Sleep: Three Plays (Williamstown Theatre Festival); July 7, 1994 (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Found A Peanut (Joseph Papp/New York Shakespeare Festival); Pitching to the Star (West Bank Café); Resting Place (Theatre for the New City); Gifted Children, Zimmer and Luna Park (Jewish Repertory Theatre). His plays have been performed at major theatres across the United States and around the world. Theatre Communications Group has published seven volumes of his work. Mr. Margulies has received grants from the National Endowment for the
Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He was the recipient of the 2000 Sidney Kingsley Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theatre by a playwright for his body of work. In 2005 he was honored with an Award in Literature given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture’s Literary Arts Award. Mr. Margulies is an alumnus of New Dramatists and serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild of America.