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 perhaps best known to television audiences as Nancy McNally on The West Wing and Gloria Akalitus on Nurse Jackie. In addition to her work in television and film, Smith is said to have created a new form of theatre. Following her interviews with scores of individuals, usually on a topic of civic and political interest, she creates theater works in which she plays many characters – as many as 52 in one production – representing multiple points of view.
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’s books include the memoirs This Boy’s Life and In Pharaoh’s Army; the novels The Barracks Thief and Old School, and four collections of short stories, including In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, and, most recently, Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories. His work is translated widely and has received the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the PEN/Malamud Award. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor in the Humanities at Stanford.