From Hamlet's Players to this season's Broadway smash It's Only a Play, actors and the theater have always been favorite subjects for playwrights. Drama Desk's first panel of the year, "Art Imitates Art: The Enduring Appeal of Theater About Theater," gathers an acclaimed stage and TV actor, a Drama Desk winning writer/actor, a five-time TONY Award nominated actress, a heralded playwright, and a veteran actress and comedienne to discuss the ups and downs of re-creating their professional world on stage and why artists and audiences love theater about the theater. At the conclusion of the discussion, there will be a brief Q and A. The panel, open to the public, will assemble next Monday, January 12, at 6 PM at ASCAP headquarters, and will be moderated by journalist Adrienne Onofri, a member of the Drama Desk. Doors will open at 5:30. The panelists are (in alphabetical order): Jim Brochu, the Drama Desk winning creator and star of Character Man and Zero Hour; T.R. Knight, who was recently seen off-Broadway in Pocatello, co-starred in A Life in the Theatre and Noises Off on Broadway, and is probably best known for his role in TV’s Grey’s Anatomy; five-time TONY Award nominee Jan Maxwell, who has played an actress in Follies, The Royal Family and To Be or Not To Be, and starred in City of Conversation last year at Lincoln Center; playwright Sarah Ruhl whose Stage Kiss was produced last year by Playwrights Horizons, and who was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play and The Clean House; Marilyn Sokol, whose many credits as a screen and stage actor include the theatrical-set plays Light Up the Sky, Scenery and In the Wings; and Bob Stillman, currently in the company of the Broadway hit It’s Only a Play.
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