New York Times Theater Critic Ben Brantley to Speak at FDU

“Theater of Engagement, Theater of Escapism”

Teaneck, NJ (November 10, 2004) — Ben Brantley, chief theater critic of the New York times, will lecture on "Theater of Engagement, Theater of Escapism" on Thursday, December 2, 2004 at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, NJ.

Benjamin D. Brantley became chief theater critic of the New York Times in September 1996 after having served as its drama critic since joining the newspaper in August 1993.

Immediately prior to joining The Times, he was a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine, and his career before that included writing for Vanity Fair magazine and as a film reviewer for Elle magazine. For two years, (1983–1985) he was European editor, publisher and Paris bureau chief for Women’s Wear Daily.

He received the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for 1996-1997. In conferring the award, the Award Committee’s citation said, ”As chief theatre critic of the New York Times, Ben Brantley has brought to the daily review a generosity of spirit to match his sharpness of insight. Equally fluent in straight drama, musicals and the avant-garde, Brantley is descriptively precise, even-handed, and imbued with a sense of the whole; both the individual work and the theatre at large.”

Mr. Brantley is the editor of “The New York Times Book of Broadway: On the Aisle for the Unforgettable Plays of the Last Century,” which was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2001.

Born in Durham, NC. In 1954, Mr. Brantley received a B.A. degree in English from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, graduated with high honors, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Brantley’s appearance at FDU will include an audience question-and-answer period and book signing. The December 2 lecture will be held in Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, on the Hackensack side of the campus. There are no reserved seats or advance ticket sales; admission is $10 for the general public and free with a valid FDU id. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. lecture. For further information, call 201 692 7028.

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