We’ve all been dazzled by the magic of the theatre. Now we have a chance to find out just how that magic is spun. Come to Books & Bagels at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek (CBSRZ) in Chester, on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 9:30 am, to hear master storyteller David Hays reveal just how it’s all done, as he talks about his new book, Setting The Stage: What We Do, How We Do It, and Why.
Elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2014, David Hays has spent his adult life working first as a stage designer, producing set and lighting designs for more than 50 Broadway plays, 30 ballets for George Balanchine, for productions at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera, the Shakespeare Festival at Stratford, Connecticut, and theatres all over the United States and Australia, earning numerous awards for his work. In 1967 he took a radically different direction, founding the National Theatre of the Deaf, with its home base right here in Connecticut, a company which combined hearing and deaf actors in productions using sign language, speech,
and (some) dance, ultimately performing on all seven continents (yes, even Antarctica!)
Anyone who has spent even a few minutes in David Hays company knows how spellbinding he is. Not only the consummate theatre creator, he is also a master teacher, as he has demonstrated both in his tenure at the National Theatre for the Deaf and as an instructor at his alma mater, Harvard University where he taught a class in theatre arts, bringing in his fellow theatre professionals to show students how integral the arts and crafts are to the theatrical experience. In his new book he goes further in this direction, sharing stories of the collaboration between stage designer, directors and producers that lies behind all great works of theatre and dance. Now you have the opportunity to hear him discuss his craft and his passion as he shares the lessons he has both learned and taught in a lifetime in the theatre.
Setting The Stage: What We Do, How We Do It, and Why, told with David Hays’s habitual wit and passion, will take you backstage and show you how he worked with other theatre greats to bring their visions to reality. It is the perfect book for anyone interested in theatre – and isn’t that just about everyone? Copies of the book will be available for purchase on February 11th and David will be on hand to sign.
Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway in Chester. As always, CBSRZ Books & Bagels programs are free and open to the public. For more information visit www.cbsrz.org/events or contact the synagogue office 860-526-8920