The Kanin Festival

Monday, June 21, 2010

Live Audio Performance: Listen to The Rat Race above

The Greene Space and Yorinks Theater Group presented a two-day festival celebrating the life and work of a master American storyteller: Garson Kanin.

The festival featured the world premiere of the audio theater adaptation of Garson Kanin's classic Broadway play, The Rat Race.  The Yorinks Theater Group has taken this timeless New York City landscape and - for the first time ever - adapted it into a work not only for radio, but for radio's live audience in our multi-platform venue in the heart of Manhattan.

In addition, a lively discussion took place at The Greene Space diving into the work of Kanin as seen through the theater and film of the 20th century – participants were Charlotte Booker, John Rubinstein, Jay Binder, Philip Morgaman, and Howard Kissel.

The Rat Race

World premiere of the only audio adaptation of Kanin’s Broadway play – The Rat Race
Adapted with rare permission from the Kanin Estate by Arthur Yorinks
Original jazz score by Rick Wald

Cast includes:

John Rubinstein
Jennifer Van Dyck
Kieran Campion
Jenny Langsam
Rocco Sisto
Michael Connor
Kevin Cristaldi
Richard Ferrone
Marcell Rosenblatt

Original music composed by Rick Wald

Jazz ensemble includes:

Rick Wald
Joe Randazzo
Lou Marini
Bill Washer
Chip Jackson
Ben Healy

Adapted and directed by Arthur Yorinks


Kanin Conversation

The work and life of Garson Kanin and insights into film and Broadway of the 20th century
A dialogue moderated by noted actress Charlotte Booker and including John Rubinstein, Howard Kissel, Philip Morgaman, and Jay Binder

The Kanin Festival was made possible through the generous support of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation


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