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A Night with David Greenspan: Plays and Four Saints in Three Acts
March 5$25 – $100
The Brick presents
A Night With David Greenspan
Plays and Four Saints in Three Acts
by Gertrude Stein
performed by David Greenspan
8pm – presented with one intermission
Sliding Scale $25-$100
*100% of proceeds go to The Brick Theater*
The Brick proudly invites you to a special, one night only event featuring special guest David Greenspan, performing two pieces by Gertrude Stein.
Plays is Gertrude Stein’s provocative lecture on theatre; a hidden gem of theatricality and wit that only Stein could have delivered – an account of her development as a playwright and her exploration of theatre from the standpoint of sight and sound.
“In Mr. Greenspan’s lilting delivery [of Plays], this dense display of Stein’s curious mixture of the obvious and the abstruse makes for delicious hearing. Adding just a touch of humor by sardonic emphasis on a word and there, he turns this long, logorrheic meditation on the differences among life, literature, and the stage into an endearing bedtime story.” Charles Isherwood – The New York Times
II. Four Saints in Three Acts
A solo stage performance of Gertrude Stein’s Four Saints in Three Acts. Though originally conceived as an opera (ultimately composed for 35 singers) in collaboration with composer Virgil Thomson, performer David Greenspan and director Ken Rus Schmoll rely only on Gertrude Stein’s text, confident that it has literary and theatrical merit in and of itself.
Gertrude Stein’s interest in what she refers to as “emotion and time” rather than “story and action” precludes a coherent plot summary of Four Saints In Three Acts. The text is best understood as a meditation on saints and artists – more specifically artists as saints, saints as artists: how both separate themselves from conventional modes of living – creating what Stein refers to as an “inside outside existence” – working in the world and cloistered from it. The text is also Stein’s love letter to her partner Alice B. Toklas – albeit with references that, without intimate knowledge of their relationship, only the two of them would recognize.
In consideration for the health and safety or our staff members, artists, and audiences, The Brick remains committed to maintaining vaccination requirements and mask mandates for our in-person presentations for the foreseeable future. We ask that all audience members remain masked. All staff and performers will be vaccinated; performers may not be masked. Audience can provide proof of vaccination with a government issued I.D. along with a physical copy or picture of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, the NYC COVID Safe App or the New York State Excelsior Pass. Please be patient with staff.