War Through the Artist's Eyes with Stephen Wadsworth and Tobias Wolff speaking at the 2007 Aspen Ideas Festival. Anna Deavere Smith moderates.
Some of the most inspired and provocative thinkers, writers, artists, business people, teachers and other leaders drawn from myriad fields and from across the country and around the world all gathered in a single place - to teach, speak, lead, question, and answer at the 2006 Aspen Ideas Festival. Throughout the week, they all interacted with an audience of thoughtful people who stepped back from their day-to-day routines to delve deeply into a world of ideas, thought, and discussion.
Anna Deavere Smith
Anna Deavere Smith is an actress and playwright who is said to have created a new theater form. She is a University Professor at New York University and founding director of Anna Deavere Smith Works, which supports artists from around the world whose work addresses issues of social justice. Smith has been honored with many prizes, including a MacArthur fellowship and two Tony nominations. She was runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize for her play Fires in the Mirror. Her most recent one-person show, Let Me Down Easy, toured the US and was broadcast on PBS’s “Great Performances.” She has had roles on popular television shows, including Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” and NBC’s “The West Wing,” and in feature films, including The American President and Philadelphia. She is a trustee of the Aspen Institute.
Stephen Wadsworth is a stage director, writer, translator, and teacher, as well as director of Opera Studies at The Julliard School, Master Teacher in the Lindemann Young Artists Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, and a 2007 Aspen Institute Harman-Eisner Artist-in-Residence. He has directed major works at theaters and opera houses all over the world. His credits include plays at La Jolla Playhouse, the McCarter Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, the Huntington Theatre, and Dallas Theatre Centre. His work in opera encompasses directing at such venues as La Scala, Vienna State Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, the Edinburgh Festival, New York City Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Seattle Opera, where he directed many performances, including his acclaimed version of Wagnerâ€™s Ring cycle. This year he will direct the first co-production of Seattle Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. A master of the classical theatre repertoire, he has also translated and adapted many works for the stage.
Tobias Wolff is the author of numerous books, including the novel "Old School," parts of which originally appeared in The New Yorker; a novella, "The Barracks Thief," which won a PEN/Faulkner Award; four short-story collections; and two memoirs, "This Boy's Life" and "In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War." His most recent book, "Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories," contains several stories that originally appeared in the magazine.