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April
7

 

 

Connecticut's Sharon Playhouse has announced the appointment of Alan M-L Wager as the theatre's new artistic director and Robert Levinstein as the new managing director. The duo will be responsible for the management and programming of the 2018 season and beyond.

Wager and Levinstein bring with them years of production experience. In 2011, the two founded 22Q Entertainment, the company behind Off-Broadway's Would You Still Love Me, and Always...Patsy Cline in Los Angeles, among many other productions.

The 2018 season will be announced shortly.

Wager and Levinstein succeed outgoing artistic director Johnson Henshaw and managing director George Quick, who oversaw a bold new season at the Sharon this past summer. While the 2017 director-driven season saw a steady flow in ticket sales, it also caused some controversy, with one production almost shut down.

"Robert and Alan are the ideal team for the Playhouse," says Emily Soell, Board Chair in a press statement. "Their knowledge of and love for classical and contemporary musical theatre is impressive, no question. Their enthusiasm for all things 'theatre' is exhilarating. But, at the end of the day it was their understanding of our culture and the embrace of our mission and vision for our future that sold our Board and me."

"Robert and I look forward to bringing back mainstage shows and specialty events that will excite and engage this thriving theatrical community," Wager comments.

For more information on the Sharon Playhouse visit SharonPlayhouse.org.

April
7

You are invited to attend KentPresents, the nation's most exciting – and intimate – ideas festival. For three days in August, you can attend talks and mingle with some of the top thought leaders in the country. We are excited to announce we have 60 speakers confirmed for this year's event and are adding more weekly. Here are a few of the new faces:

 

                                     
                 Lesley Stahl                              Jeh Johnson                     Eva Moskowitz
                60 Minutes  CBS News           Former United States               Founder and CEO
                 Correspondent                  Secretary of Homeland        Success Academy Schools
                                                                 Security
                                                 
                     Hitlon Als                           Neha Narula                         Harold McGee
              Staff writer and theater         Director, Digital Currency     Author, "On Food and Cooking"
              critic. The New Yorker           Initative, MIT Media Lab

                                           
               Robert Zimmer                         Steve Moore                          Ellen Stofan
            President, University           Author and Economic Policy      Director National Air and Space
                  of Chicago
             Analyst, The Heritage Foundation  Museum, former Chief Scientist NASA

                                                                                                    

                                                                                                        

You can keep up with all the new speakers here as they're added over the coming weeks.

 

 

And of course we're bringing back a few past stars we just couldn't leave out:

                                             
           Kristen Clarke                                Darren Walker                        Henry Kissinger
   President and Executive Director       President Ford Foundation       Former Secretary of State
      Lawyer's Committee for Civil
           Rights Under Law


One of the great things about KentPresents is that in today's world, we'll never run out of topics to discuss. In addition to the perennials, e.g., politics, threats abroad, healthcare issues, tech disruptors, economic outlook and more, here are some new topics that we guarantee will stimulate your thinking:

 

The Race to Find Planet 9

From the scientist who helped kill Pluto, the old ninth planet, the story of why he's confident a new Planet 9 is out there, and how he hopes to be the first to find it.

 

Psychedelics... Psychedelics?

Yes, they've come a long way from Timothy O'Leary's day. Michael Pollan has just published a new book out on it, and he'll update "turn on, tune in, drop out."