Tony Award-nominated producer David Binder in conversation with theater critic Karen Fricker
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 4:30 PM
Princeton’s Program in American Studies and the Program in Theater will present “Adventures in the Theater,” Broadway producer David Binder in conversation with theater critic Karen Fricker, on Wednesday, November 28, at 4:30 p.m. in McCormick Hall, Room 106 on the Princeton campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Binder, Princeton’s 2012-13 Anshutz Distinguished Teaching Fellow in American Studies, is a four-time Tony Award nominee. His work on Broadway includes the award-winning revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, which starred Sean Combs, Audra McDonald, and Phylicia Rashad and was widely recognized for attracting a hugely diverse audience to Broadway. More recently he produced Moises Kaufman’s 33 Variations, marking Jane Fonda’s return to the stage. He has produced five shows with the Donmar Warehouse, including Frost/Nixon and Mary Stuart, Lobby Hero, Voyage Around My Father with Derek Jacobi, and Guys and Dolls with Ewan McGregor and Jane Krakowski in the West End.
Off Broadway, he has produced two long-running shows with an Argentine acrobatic troupe, the rock ‘n’ roll musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and the award-winning 2.5 Minute Ride. In 2007, he mounted The High Line Festival, curated by David Bowie, which featured performances by Arcade Fire, Air, Laurie Anderson, Meow, Meow, The Polyphonic Spree, and, in his American stand-up comedy debut, Ricky Gervais. More recently, he produced The New Island Festival, ten days of Dutch site-specific theater, dance, music and visual art on New York’s Governors Island.
Internationally Binder has produced IBM's 100th Anniversary: Short Ride in a Fast Machine at Lincoln Center with Steve Martin, Jessye Norman, Joshua Bell, Morgan Freeman and Patti LaBelle, and The Public Sings: A 50th Anniversary Celebration for the Public Theater with Meryl Streep, Ben Stiller, Natalie Portman and Mike Nichols. His Broadway reading of The Normal Heart, which featured Barbra Streisand, was recorded and later released by Simon and Schuster Audio.
Binder has been honored by Performance Space 122 and is the recipient of the Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Theatrical Producing. He is a faculty member at the Yale School of Drama , and is currently teaching a cross-discipline American Studies and Theater course at Princeton, “ Making American Theater: The History and Challenges of Creating Theater on Broadway and in New York .”
Fricker is a theater critic and academic. Currently the Eakin Visiting Scholar in Canadian Studies at McGill University in Montreal, beginning January she will be an assistant professor in dramatic arts at Brock University in Ontario. Originally from Los Angeles, she earned a Ph.D. from the School of Drama at Trinity College, Dublin, and has taught at the University of London. She is the founding editor of Irish Theatre Magazine and has written and broadcast for The Guardian, Variety, The Irish Times, The New York Times, the BBC, and CBC, among other outlets.
Endowed in 1997 through the support of Philip and Nancy Anschutz, and their daughters Sarah Anschutz Hunt ’93 and Elizabeth Anschutz ’96, the Anschutz Fellows program is designed to bring a leading scholar or practitioner in American arts, letters, politics, or commerce to Princeton for a semester. The goal of the program is to widen intellectual horizons, and offer an accomplished figure the opportunity to take part in Princeton’s scholarly, teaching, and social life.