“For over 40 years, Queens College Evening Readings has offered our audiences and campus community the opportunity to engage in conversation with some of the most brilliant literary minds of our times,” said Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming this season’s playwrights and authors to learn more about their creative process, and discuss timely topics within their work such as immigration and the crucial role of women in American theater.”
This season will feature renowned playwrights John Guare, Doug Wright, Lisa Kron, Kia Corthron, Patricia Ione Lloyd and Monet Hurst-Mendoza as well as fiction writer Valeria Luiselli. The series will also include a special reading by the faculty from the Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation.
The Evening Readings series will kick off on February 27 with Guare, a Tony Award winner, Oscar nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist. He will discuss his career and works such as books like “A Free Man of Color,” “Six Degrees of Separation,” and “Landscape of the Body.” Guare is also the founder and co-editor of the “Lincoln Center Theater Review.”
Another highlight is due to take place on March 6 when Mexican author Luiselli talks about her book “Tell Me How It Ends,” and how it relates to current immigration issues. Luiselli was named “5 Under 35” by the National Book Foundation. Her other successful works include “Sidewalks,” “Faces in the Crowd,” and “The Story of My Teeth.”
The following week, on March 13, there will be an important panel discussion on women in American theatre.
The panel will highlight the contributions of women to American theatre and address the challenges that female theatre professionals must still overcome to have their voices heard and their work recognized.
The Women in American Theatre panel will be moderated by former “Newsday” theatre critic Linda Winer, who was also chief theatre and dance critic of the “Chicago Tribune” from 1969-1980. For many years, Winer was virtually the only female first-string theatre critic in New York and the only woman in the New York Drama Critics’ Circle.
Although much has changed today, there has been “slow progress,” according to Winer, who will be recognized in March with a 2018 Theater Woman Award for her service to the field.
“An invaluable educational tool for our students and a staple of Queens College’s arts programming, Evening Readings keeps going strong with the roster for 2018,” Rodríguez further stated.