The Drama Book Shop will host a reading, discussion and signing of Tony Award-winning set designer Beowulf Boritt’s new book, Transforming Space Over Time: Set Design and Visual Storytelling with Broadway’s Legendary Directors. Hosted by Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, director and designer Elliott Forrest, Boritt will join the conversation with two of his collaborators on the book, legendary Tony Award-winning directors James Lapine and Susan Stroman.
The event will take place on Tuesday, October 11 at 7:00 pm at The Drama Book Shop (266 West 39th Street). Tickets are $35 and are available to purchase at dramabookshop.comand includes admission to the event and a copy of Transforming Space Over Time. It is recommended that guests wear a mask indoors. Signing of merchandise, photographs or other memorabilia will not be permitted.
Transforming Space Over Time tells the stories of six diverse productions: five on Broadway and one off Broadway. Tony Award-winning set designer Beowulf Boritt begins with the moment each job was offered and takes readers through the conceptual development of a set, the challenges of physically creating it, and the intense process of preparing for the set. . Theater is, at its heart, a collaborative art form, and Boritt shares insightful details of his work with the many professionals – directors, designers, technicians, producers, stage managers, and actors – who bring their talents and ideas to each show. Included here are extensive conversations with theater legends James Lapine, Kenny Leon, Hal Prince, Susan Stroman, Jerry Zaks, and Stephen Sondheim, who explain how their different approaches to theater help shape a set’s vision and best practices. for creative collaboration. Boritt also offers valuable insight into the sometimes frustrating but unavoidable realities of the “business” side of show business: budgets, promotion, reviews, and awards.
Packed with must-have advice for aspiring and seasoned pros alike, and with plenty of entertaining and illuminating anecdotes to engage passionate theatergoers, Transforming Space Over Time pulls back the curtain and illuminates the art and craft of professional theater production, and in particular the very important collaboration of designers and directors.
(Author) has enjoyed a 25-year career in theater and has designed more than 450 shows in New York (including 25 on Broadway and more than 100 off-Broadway), in the United States and internationally. He has been nominated for three Tony Awards and won for his design for James Lapine’s Act One. Boritt was honored with an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Design, among many other awards and nominations. His work is currently being performed on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning Come From Away and the upcoming revival of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, directed by LaTanya Richardson Jackson, starring Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington and Danielle Brooks. . He lives in New York City with his wife, actress Mimi Bilinski, and his dog Natasha Rostov.
(Host). Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, director, producer, designer, and filmmaker. Co-Director & Projection Designer: NY Production with Trinity Wall Street, National Tour and PBS-TV Special of Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard. Executive Producer, The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park on Richard II Radio. Co-creator, producer, projection designer for the national tours of An Evening With Itzhak Perlman and Michael Feinstein Celebrates Judy Garland. Afternoon host on New York’s classic radio station 105.9FM, WQXR, and WQXR.org. Director, award-winning documentary with violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins Face To Face: Forgotten Voices Heard, which premiered at Carnegie Hall. He presented more than 60 concerts on the Carnegie Hall stage. For 12 years, host of A&E Television Breakfast with the Arts. Co-host, The Late, Late Radio Show with Tom Snyder.
He has directed and written Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Passion, and the multimedia magazine Sondheim on Sondheim. With William Finn, he co-wrote and directed March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, later shown on Broadway as Falsettos, as well as A New Brain, Muscle and Little Miss Sunshine. He has written and directed the plays Table Settings, Luck, Pluck and Virtue, The Moment When, Fran’s Bed, Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing, and his stage adaptation of Moss Hart’s memoir, Act One. On Broadway, he has also directed Golden David Henry Hwang’s Child, The Diary of Anne Frank, Amour, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and the 2012 Broadway revival of Annie. He has directed the films Impromptu, Life with Mikey, Custody, and Sondheim’s documentary Six. He has received three Tony Awards, five Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.
is a five-time Tony Award-winning director/choreographer. His work has been honored with Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel and a record six Astaire Awards. Most notably, he directed and choreographed The Producers, winner of a record 12 Tony Awards. For the Lincoln Center Theater he co-created, directed and choreographed the groundbreaking musical Contact. He directed and choreographed the critically acclaimed musical The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway and in the West End, where he was honored with the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical in 2014. He most recently directed the Broadway play POTUS. Other Broadway credits include Oklahoma!, Show Boat, Prince of Broadway, Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, Young Frankenstein, Thou Shalt Not, The Music Man, The Frogs, Big, Steel Pier, Picnic and Crazy for You. Off-Broadway credits include The Beast in the Jungle, Dot, Flora the Red Menace, And the World Goes ‘Round, Happiness, The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville. He directed and choreographed The Merry Widow for The Metropolitan Opera. And he directed and choreographed the Broadway-bound Ahrens/Flaherty musical Little Dancer. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald O. Perelman Center for the Performing Arts located at the World Trade Center and is a member of the Theater Hall of Fame in New York City.