For decades, Joseph Alsop was the most powerful journalist in the country. He was beloved, feared and courted in equal measure by the Washington political world. But as the ’60s approached and American culture entered a time of dizzying change, the intense political drama Joe was embroiled in became deeply personal as well. Tony® and Emmy® Award winner John Lithgow takes on the role of Joseph Alsop in The Columnist. Also starring Tony nominee Stephen Kunken as David Halberstam. David Auburn, whose Pulitzer- and Tony-winning Proof dazzled audiences and critics alike, returns to MTC with this fascinating new play directed by his Proof collaborator, Tony winner Daniel Sullivan.
This conversation, a part of Manhattan Theatre Club’s After Words, a discussion and performance series currently presented in collaboration with The Greene Space at WNYC and WQXR, is an ongoing effort to deepen and enrich the play-going experience for the theatergoing community. Discussions featuring writers, cultural critics and journalists, provide provocative and illuminating insights into the political, cultural, and artistic contexts of the work Manhattan Theatre Club produces.
Conversation hosted by WNYC’s Leonard Lopate.