When: April 28-May 8 2010
The culminating entry in the Ingram New Works Fellowship writing program is Pulitzer- and Tony-winning playwright David Auburn’s The Columnist. It’s a portrait of legendary and controversial reporter and political columnist Joseph Alsop, captured here circa 1957-68. Alsop was both loved and feared in Washington circles, and Auburn portrays him facing dramatic shifts in the national culture — especially in the world of journalism. Meanwhile, a country that talks a Cold War rhetoric engages in the actions of a bloody conventional war in Vietnam. Auburn’s Alsop wrestles with his personal demons, including those involving his estranged wife and his brother and colleague Stewart Alsop — with whom he collaborated on a famous newspaper column, “Matter of Fact.” This is a staged reading, and rare in its presentation locally on three successive evenings.