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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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New York, NY: A Spring Theater Weekend

April 20-22, 2018

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"The point of theater," says English playwright Lee Hall, "is transformation: to make an extraordinary event of ordinary material right in front of an audience's eyes." We will explore such transformations, weighing their effects and themes as we enjoy three of the best new productions on and off Broadway.

Honing our understanding of the plays we'll see will be CAU superstar Glenn Altschuler, whose enduring interest in contemporary American theater will be clear in his skillful lectures and our lively discussions.

We'll begin with an afternoon session at the Cornell Club, followed by dinner and an evening performance. On the following two days, we'll meet in the morning for a lecture and discussion, enjoy lunch together, and attend a Saturday evening performance and a Sunday matinee.

The program fee includes everything but hotel, Saturday dinner, and breakfasts—so make reservations at the Cornell Club if you're a member, or choose a hotel, a friend's couch, or your very own bed. Reserve your space with a deposit, make final payment for the program after Glenn selects the plays, and then join us as we immerse ourselves in the liveliest of the arts in spirited New York.

Glenn C. Altschuler

Glenn C. Altschuler is dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions and the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies at Cornell University. He received his PhD in American history from Cornell in 1976 and has... > more

Program notes

  • Program fee: $1,720 per person.
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  • Activity level: Easy. Walking is generally over level ground for short distances. May require ability to climb stairs or to stand for periods of time.