After landing Ben Brantley as a guest, I got greedy, and also asked Jesse Green, co-chief NY Times theater critic, to come on the show. I am so honored that he said “yes,” and even more honored to be getting this second, vital perspective on theater criticism. Before joining Brantley at The Times in 2017, Jesse was the theater critic for New York magazine. He’s been honored by the National Magazine Awards and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association for his journalism, and he knows the theater world from the inside as well as from his role as a critic. Indeed, before embarking on his writing career – which includes a novel, a memoir, and various short stories in addition to his critical work – Jesse worked as a gofer, a copyist, and musical coordinator on various Broadway shows. I will be chatting with Jesse about all this and more, including why he made a career shift from working within the theatre to reviewing it, his approach to writing fiction vs. criticism, and his theories about theater criticism as a genre and its future in light of the pandemic. Also for consideration is how #BlackLivesMatter is calling for much needed social justice in all areas of our society. Tune in for what’s sure to be one of my most exciting and interesting episodes to date.
Each week, Katie will feature a new guest from the theatre community and discuss either the guest’s favorite play/musical or a play/musical with which they have been highly involved professionally. Katie and her guest will discuss questions they had in reading the play, the transition from the reading of a play to putting it on its feet in performance, and interact with the audience: like the casual, theatre book club you never had!
Age group: High school and up.
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