Join Pulitzer and Tony-winning composer Tom Kitt ’96CC and playwright, actor, and director Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director of the Young Vic Theater in London for a conversation about the possibilities and challenges of theater in this moment (and in the future).
Kitt, together with fellow Columbia Brian Yorkey ’93CC and Kwei-Armah, created The Visitor, a musical based on Thomas McCarthy’s acclaimed independent film of the same name.
The pandemic postponed the show’s world premiere, originally scheduled for this spring at The Public Theatre in New York.
The Visitor's storyline has current resonance as our nation struggles with issues of immigration, race, identity, and understanding across differences.
“Widowed and living alone, Walter is a college professor whose life has lost a sense of purpose. When he discovers two young undocumented immigrants living in his New York apartment, the drummer Tarek and jewelry maker Zainab, Walter finds himself in the middle of their battle to stay in an America that’s lost its better angels.”
We will see a video clip of a song from the show, and also show and discuss “Oh, Columbia,” the song Kitt composed in May for the 2020 virtual Commencement.
Our host will be actor, drama educator, and former CAA chair Rita Pietropinto-Kitt ’93CC, ’95SOA.
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About Columbia @ Home Series
The CAA’s weekly Columbia at Home virtual series features Columbians speaking on informative and engaging topics during this difficult time. Diverse topics span the latest on the COVID-19 crisis, health and wellness, entertainment, and more. Recording of the Webinars will be hosted on the CAA YouTube channel a few days after the event. To access the recordings, follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/user/ColumbiaAlumni **Please note if you are unable to join the Webinar live, we will share a recording after the event to anyone who registers.**