Cost: $3 for dues-paying Members of Harvardwood (and their guests); $8 for all others.
The event begins at 6:30 with a Reception with wine and nibbles; the discussion will start promptly at 7 pm. Advance registration is REQUIRED—no tickets will be sold at the door.
Legendary Producer and General Manager Albert Poland's work has spanned the dawn of Off-Broadway, the Broadway blockbusters of the 1980s and 1990s, and beyond. He worked with them all, from an unknown Sam Shepard and David Mamet, to Edward Albee and Arthur Miller. He was also the founder of the Judy Garland Fan Club as a young teen. At present, he is writing a memoir, Stages, that is more than an insider's view of his many legendary productions, although there is plenty of that, from The Fantasticks and Little Shop of Horrors to Long Day's Journey Into Night, and from The Grapes of Wrath to The Boy from Oz.
Witty, colorful, unconventional, and wickedly insightful, Poland has had a career that comprises a fascinating portrait of the social and cultural landscape of New York from the early 60s to the present, seen through the lens of a life in the theater (and yes, he managed the play with that title). You may get some good dish about such stars as Judy Garland, Bette Davis, Hugh Jackman, Vanessa Redgrave and Liza Minnelli, as well as such theatrical titans as Cameron Mackintosh, Gerald Schoenfeld, Bernard B. Jacobs, and Ellen Stewart. Poland is the co-author/editor of The Off Off Broadway Book, and is a principal player in Michael Riedel's best-seller Razzle Dazzle.
Theater critic, dramaturg, and Harvardwood member Martha Wade Steketee, who has worked with Albert Poland on his memoir, will be our interviewer.
Special thanks to Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and to Andy Goodwin and the Plymouth Hill Foundation.
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