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Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to announce guests and dates for After Words, the popular discussion series at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street), which will feature friends, colleagues and scholars of the work of Samson Raphaelson. The series will kick off this Saturday, April 18 following the matinee performance of ACCENT ON YOUTH with Grafton Nunes, Founding Dean of the Emerson College School of the Arts, and Daniel Sullivan, the Tony Award winning director of ACCENT ON YOUTH. The discussion will be moderated by Lisa McNulty, MTC’s Artistic Associate.


After Words is part of MTC’s continuing effort to deepen and enrich the play-going experience for its audiences. Held after selected Saturday matinees, this exciting series of talks with writers, cultural critics, journalists, and members of the ACCENT ON YOUTH cast and creative team provides provocative and illuminating insights into the political, cultural, and artistic contexts of the work MTC produces.


Future editions of After Words will include:


On Saturday, April 25, After Words will feature cartoonist, playwright, screenwriter, and children’s book author & illustrator Jules Feiffer and Joel Raphaelson, the son of ACCENT ON YOUTH playwright Samson Raphaelson, and David Shookhoff, MTC’s Director of Education.


On Saturday, May 2, After Words will welcome playwright, essayist, and critic James Harvey, Joel Raphaelson, ACCENT ON YOUTH cast member Mary Catherine Garrison, and Lisa McNulty, MTC’s Artistic Associate.


For more information on After Words, or to download a podcast of past After Words, please visit: www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.



JULES FEIFFER. Cartoonist, playwright, screenwriter and children’s book author & illustrator Jules Feiffer has been turning contemporary urban anxiety into witty and revealing commentary for over fifty years. From his Village Voice cartoons (see Explainers: The Complete Village Voice Strips, 1956-1966) to his plays and screenplays including Little Murders and Carnal Knowledge, Feiffer’s satirical outlook has helped define us politically, sexually and socially. Other plays: Knock Knock, Grown Ups, A Bad Friend and Elliot Loves (featuring David Hyde Pierce). He teaches a writing class at Stony Brook Southampton, and this summer will be in residence at Dartmouth College teaching Graphic Humor in the 20th Century. Most recently he illustrated his daughter Kate Feiffer’s children’s book Which Puppy? about choosing a dog for the Obamas. He has won a Pulitzer Prize and a George Polk Memorial Award for his cartoons; an Obie for his plays; an Academy Award for the animation of his cartoon satire, Munro.  
He has been honored with major retrospectives at the New York Historical Society, the Library of Congress and The School of Visual Arts.


JAMES HARVEY is a playwright, essayist and critic.  He is the author of Romantic Comedy In Hollywood: From Lubitsch to Sturges, and of Movie Love in the Fifties.  His work has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, Film Comment, the Threepenny Review, Opera News and Variety. He is a Professor Emeritus in English at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has taught film at the New School and at UC Berkeley, curated film series at the Museum of Modern Art and at the LA County Museum of Art, and he appears in the recent Turner Classic Movies documentary film, “Cary Grant:  A Class Apart.” He lives in Brooklyn and is currently writing a book on personality in the movies, to be published by Farrar Straus/Faber and Faber.


GRAFTON NUNES has been Founding Dean of the Emerson College School of the Arts in Boston, Massachusetts since January of 1998, offering undergraduate and graduate programs in performing arts, film, television, creative writing and publishing. Previous to Emerson, he directed the Columbia University Program in Theatre Management and Producing. He also administered Columbia’s Film Division under Milos Forman and Stefan Sharff and served as the Associate Dean of the School of the Arts. He worked with Paul Schrader at Paramount Pictures on American Gigolo and Light of Day and co-produced The Loveless, a feature film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and Monty Montgomery, starring Willem Dafoe. He has written extensively on the film and broadcast industries for Millimeter, American Cinematographer, The Independent and VideoPro. He is a member of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans and the European League of Institutes of the Arts. He serves on the Board of Ploughshares, the literary journal, and is on the selection committee of the Liguria Study Center of the Bogliosco Foundation.


JOEL RAPHAELSON grew up in west Los Angeles and New York City, in accordance with his father’s work in the theater and in movies. Raphaelson retired in 1995 after thirty-seven years of working for Ogilvy & Mather, a worldwide advertising firm, in New York, Toronto, Paris and Chicago.  He ended up with the preposterous title of Senior Vice-President, International Creative Services. Joel is the co-author (with Ken Roman, former chairman of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide) of Writing That Works, a popular book on business writing published in 1981. (Expanded, updated version published in 1992 by Harper-Collins, third edition 2001. Total sales over 100,000. Called “the Strunk & White of business writing.”) He also compiled and edited The Unpublished David Ogilvy .





To see a sneak peek at ACCENT ON YOUTH, CLICK HERE.


ACCENT ON YOUTH is directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (Rabbit Hole, Sight Unseen, Proof) and features Lisa Banes (High Society, Arcadia), Rosie Benton (Saturn Returns), Curt Bouril (A Man for All Seasons), David Furr (Cymbeline), Mary Catherine Garrison (Top Girls, Rabbit Hole), Byron Jennings (Is He Dead?, Sight Unseen), Tony nominee Charles Kimbrough (Company, “Murphy Brown”), Tony and Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce (Curtains, Spamalot, “Frasier”), and John Wernke (The American Plan).


ACCENT ON YOUTH, a new production of Samson Raphaelson’s comedy, is a salute to love’s possibilities, both on stage and off. Successful playwright Steven Gaye (Pierce) is about to abandon his latest script, when his young secretary (Garrison) offers him new inspiration. With her as his muse, he stages the show on Broadway, only to learn, to his dismay, that the show’s young leading man (Furr) is being inspired by her too. 


The creative team for ACCENT ON YOUTH includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Brian MacDevitt (lighting design), Obadiah Eaves (original music & sound design), and Tom Watson (hair & wig design).



  • Single tickets to ACCENT ON YOUTH are available via www.Telecharge.com; by telephone at (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250 if outside the NY metro area; and at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue).
  • ACCENT ON YOUTH tickets range in price from $56.50-$96.50. 


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