Village Preservation Presents for Women’s History Month: An Evening with Playwright Barbara Kahn

Thursday, March 10, 6:00 – 7:15 PM EST
A Zoom Webinar Multi-award-winning actor, director and playwright Barbara Kahn sat down with Village Preservation last year for a remarkable oral history, illuminating her experience within our neighborhood’s Off- Off- Broadway theater scene. In her interview, Kahn explored the New York City of her early years, living in various apartments, working union and non-union productions, receiving positive and critical responses to her work, researching historical figures, and developing her approach to writing about political topics. She also speaks in detail about the influence of real estate development and the demolition of historic buildings on the experience of living in the city, a subject she has addressed in her recent work.

Join Kahn and her friend and frequent collaborator Robert Gonzales Jr for an interactive and entertaining evening. The event will include theatrical performance and historical anecdotes that offer a behind-the-scenes look at Kahn’s life and work.

Barbara Kahn (She/Her/Hers) is an East Village playwright who has produced dozens of works rooted in history, especially the history of New York and marginalized or oppressed people, with a frequent focus on the experience of women, LGBTQ+ people, and personal trauma. Her career as a playwright stretches back decades. Her award-winning plays have been produced in the U.S and Europe, and she directed at The National Theatre in London. Barbara grew up in South Jersey, and from a young age pursued a career in the theater. As soon as she could, Kahn moved to New York City and started working on Off-Off-Broadway performances and building her resume as an actor and eventually a director and playwright. In 1990, she co-founded Sisters on Stage, a lesbian theater collective, to provide a platform for lesbian plays and playwrights. Theater for the New City began to produce Kahn’s work in 1994, and she has continued to write new work for production there every year since. Her multiple awards include the James R. Quirk Award for the Performing Arts, the Acker Award, the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award, and the Torch of Hope Award honoring lifetime achievement in non-profit theater.

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