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Kung Fu: February 11, March 4, 11 & 27
The Open House: February 18, March 6, 13 & 20
Appropriate: March 4, 18 & 27, April 1
Page to Stage
Kung Fu: February 13 at 6:00pm with Kung Fu playwright David Henry Hwang and director Leigh Silverman
The Open House: February 19 at 6:00pm with The Open House playwright Will Eno and director Oliver Butler
Appropriate: March 11 at 6:00pm with Appropriate playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and director Liesl Tommy
Kung Fu: March 5 at 9:30pm with Kung Fu Costume Designer Anita Yavich
The Open House: March 12 at 6:00pm with The Open House Set Designer Antje Ellermann
Appropriate: March 20 at 6:00pm with Appropriate Scenic and Costume Designer Clint Ramos
THE WORLD OF THE PLAY
The Practice and Performance of Kung Fu
March 29th 4:30pm
What is a ‘true’ portrayal of kung fu? In David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu, Bruce Lee attempts to bridge the gap between the philosophy of kung fu and depiction of martial arts in the media. Kung fu students value the mental aspects of the art form as much as the physical, whereas in film the focus is more on violence and physical dexterity. In the transition from classroom to screen, kung fu evolves from a self-defense and spiritual practice to entertainment. How did the evolution of martial arts film drift so far away from the practice? How did Bruce Lee inspire change in both the film and martial arts communities?
Panelists include playwright David Henry Hwang, the co-founder of the New York Asian Film Festival Grady Hendrix and Wing Chun Instructor Allan Lee, who studied with Bruce Lee’s renowned teacher Grandmaster Yip Man. The discussion will be led by moderator Brian Phillips.
Signature Theatre Book Club Meeting
Curse of the Starving Class and Buried Child by Sam Shepard
February 20 at 7:30pm
In conjunction with the New York premiere of Appropriate, our next Book Club selection is a set of plays that Residency Five Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins cites as major inspirations for his darkly comic new work: Curse of the Starving Class and Buried Child , by Signature Legacy Playwright Sam Shepard. These plays explore the murkier side of the American dream and the devastating breakdown of family values. Curse of the Starving Class and Buried Child will be available for a discounted rate at the Signature Book Store.
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supplemental program DESCRIPTIONS:
- Talkback Series: A post-show Q&A session with the cast and creative team of a production.
- Backstage Pass: A pre-show discussion with one of the show’s designers.
- Page to Stage: A moderated discussion with members of the Artistic Team
- Signature Cinema: A screening series of movies related to Signature playwrights and productions.
- The World of the Play: A pre-show discussion on a topic or theme related to one of our productions with a team of experts from the field
- The Art of Collaboration: A pre-show conversation between two artistic collaborators
IMAGE: Zachary Quinto in Angels in America by Tony Kushner. Photo by Joan Marcus.