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Central Library launches 'Theater Talk' series

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The San Diego Public Library launches Theater Talk, an occasional lecture and discussion series on theatre and drama.

The inaugural program is on Monday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 563 of the San Diego Central Library, located at 330 Park Blvd. in downtown San Diego. Playwright and writer David Wiener will curate and launch the series with a presentation on two American stage mega hits, Tennessee William's groundbreaking drama "A Streetcar Named Desire" and Neil Simon's gold-standard comedy "The Odd Couple." Topics covered will include development of the scripts, the business deals, casting struggles, production issues, and the creative clashes that almost doomed these famous plays before the curtain could go up. This event is free and open to the public.

Wiener has more than 70 productions to his credit, including plays and staged readings in the U.S. as well as overseas. He's the author of "Burns, Falls, and Crashes" and contributes widely to play anthologies and theater reference books. His articles have appeared in publications as varied as Cahiers du Cinéma, American Cinematographer, Producers Guild Journal, and The Journal of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain. He's a current Board Member of the Horton Plaza Theatre Foundation which oversees San Diego Repertory Theatre at the Lyceum.

Part of the library's "talk series," which includes literature, philosophy, mythology and science, Theater Talk is designed as an exciting opportunity to participate in lively discussions about favorite plays as well as the place of theater in American expressive arts.

Learn about other events at the San Diego Public Library's Central Library and 35 branches, find links to numerous additional resources, or search for materials in the Library's catalog online at www.sandiegolibrary.org.

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