Join us for a rare appearance by one of Broadway's most storied performers Elaine Stritch, who in her late 80’s, still commands the spotlight.
The actress will discuss her extraordinary life and six decade-long career with director Chiemi Karasawa, whose new film Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, features the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner both on and off stage via archival footage and intimate cinema vérité. Candid reflections are punctuated with photographs from her personal collection and words from friends, including Alec Baldwin, Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane, Cherry Jones, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini and John Turturro.
Special clips from the documentary will be screened. Don't miss this chance to see the legend herself.
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In a career that has spanned over six decades, Elaine Stritch’s whiskey-soaked voice, wry comic timing and reputation as a sharp-tongued, unapologetically audacious personality have cemented her as a bonafide living legend of stage and screen. A Broadway icon, Ms. Stritch has delivered fabled performances on the dramatic stage in plays by Edward Albee (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, A Delicate Balance), William Inge (Bus Stop) and Tennessee Williams (Small Craft Warnings). Intrinsically associated with some of the musical theatre’s most celebrated composer/lyricists, Ms. Stritch starred triumphantly in Rodgers and Hart’s Pal Joey, Noel Coward’s Sail Away and, of course, Stephen Sondheim’s Company, in which she created the role of Joanne and introduced what would become her signature song, the show stopping “The Ladies Who Lunch.”
On the big screen, Ms. Stritch has appeared in a number of beloved films by some of Hollywood’s most legendary directors, including A Farewell to Arms (Charles Vidor), The Perfect Furlough (Blake Edwards), Providence (Alan Resnais) and September (Woody Allen). Ms. Stritch has won many plaudits for her work on Television, starring in the smash British comedy series "Two’s Company," winning Emmy’s for her recurring guest appearances on "Law and Order" and enchanting a whole new generation of fans with her indomitable performance as Alec Baldwin’s mother, Colleen Donaghy, on all seven seasons of "30 Rock."
In 2001, Ms. Stritch premiered her much-acclaimed one-woman show, Elaine Stritch At Liberty. After a sold out Broadway run, the show transferred to the West End, before touring the country triumphantly for the better part of two years. Ms. Stritch was honored with a Tony Award for her performance in the show and later received the Emmy Award for her performance in the HBO television special of the same name. A long-time resident of Manhattan's Carlyle Hotel, Stritch became a featured act there in 2005, appearing regularly in audience pleasing, critically acclaimed Cabaret engagements at the Café Carlyle. Ms. Stritch’s most recent act Elaine Stritch at Home at The Carlyle: Movin’ Over and Out sold out its five evening engagement in an unprecedented twenty minutes, leaving a wait-list of hundreds, and becoming the most popular show in the venue’s sixty year history.
Chiemi Karasawa is an award-winning Director/Producer who founded Isotope Films in 2005 to develop and produce content based on character-driven true stories. Her directorial debut Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me will be released theatrically by IFC/Sundance Selects in 2014.
Producer and Co-Producer credits include Ellen Kuras’ epic The Betrayal (Nerakhoon), which premiered at Berlin Film Festival and won an Emmy Award in 2009 and Billy the Kid (2008), a portrait of an adolescent in rural Maine with Asperger’s Syndrome (Best Documentary at SXSW Film Festival, LA Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival and released theatrically and on HBO). Additional films include: Elevate (2011), a story of a Senegalese basketball academy (Tribeca Film Festival 2011), Love Etc (OWN 2011), about five New York love stories; Tell Them Anything You Want: Portrait of Maurice Sendak (2009), directed by Spike Jonze for HBO; and Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (Venice Film Festival Official Selection 2012).
Karasawa formerly worked as a Script Supervisor in narrative film and television for 18 years alongside such notable directors as: Martin Scorsese, Stephen Frears, Jim Jarmusch, Larry Clark and Spike Jonze. She is a graduate of Boston University's College of Communication with a degree in Broadcasting & Film.
Michael Musto is the author of the weekly "Musto! The Musical!" column on Out.com, for which he recently interviewed the divine Elaine Stritch. He's also been published in The New York Times, the Daily Beast and Scene magazine, as well as popping up as a popular commentator on channels like CNN and Channel 13 (Theater Talk). Musto's authored four books, including his latest collection, Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back.