Actor Tony Randall to talk about the “dumbing down” of contemporary culture

This will be one theme of “The Theater and the Arts,” a lecture and Q& A session with Tony Randall, the actor and director who just moved his National Actors Theater to downtown New York City, based at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Theater for the Arts. Its first production there, featuring Al Pacino, Billy Crudup, Chazz Palminteri and John Goodman, was October’s much-noted run of “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.”

January 29, 2003

Contact: Bill Caldwell, Pace University, (212) 346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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WHAT: The “dumbing down” of contemporary culture.

This will be one theme of “The Theater and the Arts,” a lecture and Q& A session with Tony Randall, the actor and director who just moved his National Actors Theater to downtown New York City, based at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Theater for the Arts. Its first production there, featuring Al Pacino, Billy Crudup, Chazz Palminteri and John Goodman, was October’s much-noted run of “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.”

Free and open to the public. The event is expected to attract many of the Pace arts students who are becoming involved with the NAT.

WHO: Tony Randall is founder and artistic director of the National Actors Theater. Audiences throughout the world know him for his work on The Odd Couple and his leading roles in dozens of other film and stage productions.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 5, 6:00 PM. A reception will follow.

WHERE: Pace University, The Michael Schimmel Theater for the Arts, One Pace Plaza (East of City Hall. Entrance on Spruce between Park Row and Gold St.), New York, NY

The event is Pace University’s annual Dyson Lecture in the Humanities. It is sponsored by the English and Performing Arts departments and the Gender Studies program of Pace’s Dyson College of Arts & Sciences.

The National Actors Theatre (NAT) was founded to provide fresh and illuminating productions from standard dramatic repertory. Its most important mandate has been to educate and expose young people to the theatre. For ten years NAT’s High School Outreach Program has provided classic works of theater and theatrical education at no cost to students or their schools. Since its founding in 1991, NAT has represented adaptations of well-known works with actors such as Randall, Matthew Broderick, Julie Harris, Ethan Hawke, Martin Sheen, Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, George C. Scott and Jack Klugman.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County, and a Hudson Valley Center located at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor. More than 14,000 students are enrolled in programs in the arts and sciences, business, computer science and information systems, education, nursing and law.