New York City’s working waterfront has been widely associated with crime and corruption at least since On The Waterfront hit movie screens in 1954, but the story goes back further. Nathan Ward, author of Dark Harbor: The War for the New York Waterfront and CUNY scholar Joseph Sciorra join us to reveal the story of Pete Panto, a longshoreman who took a stand against the mob bosses. Though Panto paid the ultimate price, his death initiated a long struggle toward waterfront reform.
Broadway is still shuttered, and theaters across the country are trying to figure out how to stay afloat during an age of social distancing. Shelley Butler and West Hyler are both acclaimed international theatre directors who have worked everywhere from Broadway to Denver to Bulgaria. Together they came up with a concept for a new socially-distanced type of theatre – an interactive way of telling stories that does not involve a screen. Artistic Stamp is currently in its first season, where audience members get to interact directly with characters through a series of letters that come through the mail. It is a unique and utterly original way to support theatre artists and the craft of storytelling. Join us as we meet this talented and innovative couple to discuss the concept, execution, and what the future may hold for theatrical stories.
Noah Diamond is a man of many hats, including a Groucho Marx painted mustache and cigar. In addition to being a New York City tour guide, writer, performer, and designer, he is also an expert on all things Marx Brothers. On this special program, he’ll walk us through the many connections Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo have had with New York City. He’ll also chat with us about his work on reviving their very first (and somewhat forgotten) Broadway musical, “Marxfest” and other performances and events he has produced, and the campaign to landmark the boys’ childhood home.