With Guest Artist-in-Residence Adam Roberts
Guest Artist-in-Residence Adam Roberts is an award-winning musical director and teacher. He was the founding Artistic Director of the Austin (TX) Jewish Repertory Theatre and co-founding Artistic Director of TILT Performance Group. Roberts was Director of Musical Theatre with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and is a contributing writer for Backstage magazine.
Roberts’ residency made possible in part with support from the Isaac and Sophie Waldman Endowment Fund, held at Vancouver Foundation.
The Producers Problem: Propaganda, Provocation, Promotion?
FILM & PLAY DISCUSSION
Thursday / Friday January 26 / 27
1:00pm – 2:30pm | on Zoom
Free. To receive the link: contact Lisa Quay firstname.lastname@example.org
Mel Brooks’ films are known for walking the tightrope between comedy and real-world commentary. We will explore how Brooks achieved this balance in his seismic hit The Producers, and controversies around his brazen Hitler-meets-hilarity approach. Adam Roberts will analyze the original 1967 film and the 2001 Broadway stage adaptation, considering the critical reception of each work, as he peeks behind the zeitgeist of this unlikely fable.
Sponsored in part by the JSA – Phyliss and Irving Snider Foundation Empowerment Series.