A Q&A Evening w/Austin Pendleton-legendary actor/director/playwright/teacher | Feb 29
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:08 pm EST 02/21/24

Brave New World Presents

AN EVENING WITH AUSTIN PENDELETON –

Legendary Actor, Director, Playwright + Beloved Acting Teacher

February 29, 7pm

Invisible Dog Art Center

Brooklyn, February 21 – Brooklyn's Brave New World Repertory Theatre is hosting a special program, An Evening with Austin Pendleton, featuring an intimate Q & A with Pendleton, the legendary actor, director, playwright, and esteemed acting teacher (50 years at HB Studio).

Pendleton has had a remarkable 60-year career. Currently, he is performing in The Night of the Iguana at directed by Emily Mann. Most recently his theatrical appearances in New York have included Life Sucks, The Minutes, and The Pianist. With over 150 film credits, he's best known for his supporting roles — the nerdy musicologist in "What's Up, Doc?"; Charles Durning's shy sidekick in "The Muppet Movie"; Gurgle, in "Finding Nemo"; the stuttering public defender in "My Cousin Vinny."

As a director, Pendleton has helmed several Tony-nominated shows, including The Little Foxes, Spoils of

War, and Shelter. His plays are Booth, Uncle Bob, and Orson's Shadow have all been produced in New York, around the country, and in Europe.

Claire Beckman, producing artistic director of Brave New World Rep, says "Austin Pendleton is that rare actor who never stops working, is universally loved in the industry, recognizable to almost everyone… and yet, because he excels in supporting role as the sidekick who often steals the show, he isn't a household name like some Hollywood actors."

Beckman says she thinks industry professionals and fans, will "delight in the opportunity to ask this venerable man of the theater what he thinks about the state of our art form, and his reflections on his six-decade-long career. I personally have so many questions for him – how he sustained such an extraordinary career, and what he thinks about the state of American Theater post-Covid."

The evening event promises not only a Q&A session moderated by Beckman, but also a chance to enjoy a glass of wine and some light refreshments.

Beckman has a close connection to and deep admiration for Pendleton, having recently played his wife in "The Pianist," Emily Mann's acclaimed adaptation of Wladyslaw Szpilman's memoir at George Street Playhouse.

Brave New World Rep Presents

AN EVENING WITH AUSTIN PENDLETON - Q&A

February 29, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Location: Invisible Dog Art Center

51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn

General Admission: $20

ticket link: https://www.bravenewworldrep.org/evening-with-austin-pendleton

Brave New World Repertory Theatre (BNW Rep) - a Brooklyn-based, 501c3 not-for-profit company, reaches under-served audiences to promote a love of theatre, with re-imagined classics and brave new works that reflect our diverse community. BNW's free-to-low-cost programs range from intimate readings to large outdoor productions that cast unique and historic Brooklyn venues in a leading role. We seek to tell stories that celebrate life and explore social justice; stories that make us laugh, feel deeply, and find common ground. For the past 20 years, BNW Rep has carved out a site-specific niche presenting re-envisioned classics and works by Brooklyn playwrights. Recent productions include two by Arthur Miller: the acclaimed 2023 American premiere of his never-produced-screenplay The Hook, adapted for the stage by Ron Hutchinson, and A View From the Bridge in 2019 and 2018 both at the Waterfront Barge Museum in Red Hook. Other notable productions include The Plantation, Claire Beckman's bold adaptation of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, a post-Civil War story set after emancipation but before the onset of Jim Crow. This immersive production was performed in The Commanding Officer's House on Governors Island, in 2017. Elmer Rice's Street Scene, performed for free, and named #23 of top 25 Stage Plays of 2013 by L Magazine, closed off a street in Park Slope, using a tenement building and adjacent street as the stage. BNW Rep earned its reputation for delivering unexpectedly immersive works to communities all around Brooklyn, beginning with a now legendary 2005 production of To Kill a Mockingbird, presented on six front porches and sidewalks of a tree lined Ditmas Park street.

Website: www.bravenewworldrep.org
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