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2012 Symposium featuring WCP associate artistic director David Kennedy and The Year of Magical Thinking author Joan Didion.  Photo: Leslie Datsis.

Following the first Sunday matinee performance of each production, special guests take the stage to help place the production in context with illuminating insights about the world of the play.  The Playhouse hosts a wide range of guests, from noted playwrights to academic scholars, for discussions that provide an excellent opportunity to delve into the world of the play.

Each discussion is followed by an interactive dialogue with the audience.

All Symposium events are free and open to the public and will begin immediately following the 3pm performance.

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July 26th (Love & Money | Coming Soon)
August 30th (Bedroom Farce | Coming soon)
October 11th (Broken Glass | Coming soon)


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Symposium Archive 

Playwright David Ives | The Liar
Moderated by David Kennedy, WCP's Associate Artistic Director
May 10, 2015

David Ives’s play Lives of the Saints was a hit off-Broadway this spring at Primary Stages while his play The Metromaniacs was a hit at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington. Ives is perhaps best known for his evening of one-act plays, All in the Timing (he has been included in the “Best Short Plays” series seven times), and for his drama Venus in Fur, which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play in 2012 and turned into a movie by Roman Polanski. Other plays include New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch De Spinoza, The School for Lies (adapted from Molière’s The Misanthrope), The Liar (adapted from Corneille), and Is He Dead? (adapted from Mark Twain). A former Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting and a graduate of The Yale School of Drama, he lives in New York City.

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August 25, 2013 – Oblivion – David Kennedy & Playwright Carly Mensch
2013 Symposium featuring WCP associate artistic director David Kennedy and Oblivion Playwright Carly Mensch.  Photo: David Matlow. 

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