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towering voice in American letters for more than half a century, novelist Philip Roth
delighted, entertained and provoked readers with his complex portraits of
characters chafing against the constraints of expectation and convention.
Over the course of this three-day
festival in Roth’s hometown of Newark, NJ, on what
would have been his 90th birthday, we’ll investigate the significance and
impact of the celebrated writer’s unique literary legacy and use his work
as a springboard to examine the questions it raises about art and life in
Featuring over 40 of today’s most accomplished actors, artists and writers,
the weekend will include readings,
performances, conversations, comedy and controversy.
Highlights include a fully-cast, dramatic reading of Roth’s national
bestseller The Plot
Against America; a preview of John Turturro and Ariel Levy’s
stage adaptation of Roth’s National Book Award-winning novel Sabbath’s Theater; and a
number of spirited public debates and discussions on some of most pressing
issues facing the arts today.
Tickets start as low as $10! For full event details, visit rothunbound.org.
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readings of Philip Roth’s “‘I Always Wanted You to Admire My Fasting’; or, Looking at
and “The Ruthless Intimacy of Fiction,” by Philip Roth.
literary showcase features Newark storytellers, including the teenage
authors of the “Your Newark Story” writing contest. Featuring playwrights Chisa Hutchinson, Richard Wesley
and others to be announced.
Using Roth’s The Human Stain as a
springboard, panelists will debate the ethics of representation and
identity in fiction. Participants include authors Taffy Brodesser-Akner,
Jackson and others to be announced.
delicacies are included at this night of stand-up comedy, kibitzing and
readings of Philip Roth’s work at Hobby’s Delicatessen. Participants include comedian Eddie Brill and
others to be announced.
reading of The Plot
Against America, Philip Roth’s timeless and timely masterwork.
Epatha Merkerson, Marjan Neshat, Deirdre O’Connell, Mary-Louise Parker,
Thompson and others to be announced.
preview of John
Turturro and Ariel
Levy’s stage adaptation of
Sabbath’s Theater featuring Turturro
and actor Jason
Kravits. Plus a post-performance conversation with
Turturro and Levy, and pre-performance cocktails, cake and live music
to celebrate what would have been Roth’s 90th birthday.
Roth Unbound is produced by New Jersey
Performing Arts Center and co-produced by Newark Public Library Trustee
Rosemary Steinbaum and publishing and media executive Cary Goldstein. James
Shapiro, the Larry Miller Professor of English at Columbia and Shakespeare
Scholar in Residence at the Public Theater, serves as Literary Advisor to
the festival, with additional curation from Bernard Schwartz, Director of
the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y, New York. The festival is
supported by Sharon and Jon Corzine, The M & T Weiner Foundation and