BURIAN LECTURE ON LIFE IN THE PERFORMING ARTS
Stephen Adly Guirgis
7:30 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2023
Recital Hall, UAlbany Performing Arts Center,
University at Albany, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany NY 12222
Stephen Adly Guirgis, a 1992 UAlbany graduate, is one of the leading playwrights of his generation. Known for raw, edgy, streetwise dramatic works set in New York City, he received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for “Between Riverside and Crazy,” a dark comedy about a retired police officer facing eviction from his apartment. The play began its Broadway run on November 30, 2022.
A former co-artistic director of New York City's LAByrinth Theater, Guirgis worked closely with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, who directed five of his plays. Other works include “The Mother****r with the Hat” (2011), nominated for seven Tony Awards; “Our Lady of 121st Street” (2003); and “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train” (2000), which the New York Times, in 2018, named one of the “Best 25 Plays” of the past 25 years.
Photo credit: Elizabeth Lippman, New York Times
The annual Burian Lecture is presented by the UAlbany Theatre Program and the Jarka and Grayce Burian Endowment in collaboration with the NYS Writers Institute.