Downtown Chautauqua

Monday, March 02, 2009

Yehuda Duenas and James Stanley, co-founders of the National Theater of the United States of America, talk about their latest work Chautauqua! now at PS 122, based on the 19th century adult education movement.


Yehuda Duenas and James Stanley

Comments [2]

Joon from nyc

Wow, I never heard anyone pronounce it "Zeeetgeist" before. I didn't really hear you describe what the show is actually like....

Mar. 02 2009 12:08 PM
Mark from New Jersey

Shoutout please to Robert Pirsig's 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance', for keeping the idea of Chautaqua alive back in the 1970's, where he wrote:

"What is in mind is a sort of Chautauqua...that's the only name I can think of for the traveling tent-show Chautauquas that used to move across America, this America, the one that we are now in, an old-time series of popular talks intended to edify and entertain, improve the mind and bring culture and enlightenment to the ears and thoughts of the hearer. The Chautauquas were pushed aside by faster-paced radio, movies and TV, and it seems to me the change was not entirely an improvement. Perhaps because of these changes the stream of national consciousness moves faster now, and is broader, but it seems to run less deep. The old channels cannot contain it and in its search for new ones there seems to be growing havoc and destruction along its banks. "

Mar. 02 2009 11:50 AM

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