The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC & WQXR Announces Its 2016 Fall Season

The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC & WQXR
Announces Its 2016 Fall Season
Offerings Range from Events Inspired by WNYC and WQXR’s Marquee Programs to Original, Curated Series and Exciting Creative Collaborations, Including:  

 Intimate Conversations with Artists and Tastemakers, 
Including Fashion Icon PAT CLEVELAND (September 9),  
Actors and Activists ETHAN HAWKE (September 12) and KRISTIN DAVIS (November 18), and MSNBC Host CHRIS HAYES (October 22)
WQXR’s “Midday Masterpieces,” 
Free Classical Music Performances by Juilliard’s Rising Stars

Live NYC Taping of ALEC BALDWIN’S Here’s the Thing Podcast 
with Special Guest SANDRA BERNHARD (December 14)

Live Broadcasts on Election Year Politics with WNYC’s BRIAN LEHRER,
The Takeaway’s JOHN HOCKENBERRY and The New Yorker Radio Hour 

Full schedule available here


(New York, NY – July 28, 2016)The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the state-of-the-art broadcast studio and performance venue of WNYC and WQXR, today announced its 2016 fall season, an eclectic array of programming, including a deep dive into election year politics, two new monthly performance series that celebrate New York City artists, and intimate conversations that bring together the brightest minds in arts and culture.   

All programs from The Greene Space will be made available for live streaming and on-demand viewing.

In the lead-up to the presidential election, The Greene Space will be New York City’s living room-meets-public square, bringing people together for honest, intelligent dialogue. Author, journalist and screenwriter Keli Goff continues her conversation-and-cocktail series Political Party over multiple evenings, culminating with the Election Night showdown (November 8).  WNYC host Brian Lehrer and The Takeaway’s John Hockenberry will bring their award-winning daily news programs before live audiences to convene conversations around the urgent issues at the fore this election season. And Obie-winning composer Michael Friedman will premiere original songs he’s written for The New Yorker Radio Hour, each one inspired by a voter he’s met while traveling across America this year (October 26).

“How I Got Over” is a multifaceted foray into how language reinforces social constructs around race and how – through art, philosophy, social innovations and other disruptive approaches – we can reinvent and reimagine new expressions and new meanings. WNYC’s Rebecca Carroll kicks off the series with a candid conversation on the role race and violence play in film and politics with actor and activist Ethan Hawke (September 12). The series will continue with a frank conversation about transracial adoption with actress Kristin Davis (November 18) and an examination of representation in young-adult fiction with fantasy-and-science fiction writer Daniel José Older (November 21). Additional highlights include a performance of Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity, an interview-based theater production by director, choreographer and multi-disciplinary artist Ping Chong, which will explore the experiences of young Muslims in post-9/11 New York (October 15).

Intimate performances by some of the best and brightest New York City artists power two new series. WQXR will add joy and uplift to the workday with “Midday Masterpieces, a series of free lunchtime classical music performances by Juilliard’s rising stars, beginning September 7. The variety show 44 Charlton will offer a feast of music, comedy, dance, poetry, art, and more hosted by singer-composer Julian Fleisher (“a Manhattan nightclub supernova” – LA Times) every first Friday, beginning on October 7.

The Greene Space continues its series bringing live podcast tapings to audiences before they hit iTunes. For the first time, Alec Baldwin, hailed by Redef as “one of the best interviewers today,” will record his widely popular podcast Here’s the Thing before a New York City audience with guest Sandra Bernhard (December 14).  Negin Farsad will tape her political comedy show Fake the Nation (September 16), Live Wire with Luke Burbank will interview MSNBC host Chris Hayes (October 22), and John Patrick Shanley, Kate Taney Billingsley, Estelle Parsons, Alan Zweibel and others will collaborate on an episode of the audio theater show Playing on Air (November 14). 

Award-winning author and television producer Susan Fales-Hill will host a new series of intimate interviews with groundbreaking thinkers and artists, kicking off with fashion icon Pat Cleveland (September 9).

The Greene Space and City Center Encores! will partner once again to present serious and probing conversations on one of New York City’s iconic art forms, the Broadway musical, with four installments starting October 17. And for the first time, The Greene Space will collaborate with The Architecture & Design Film Festival to offer three sneak preview screenings of films featuring local architects and design icons (September 7, 15 and 22).

Through October 30, visitors to The Greene Space will be able to enjoy a satellite exhibition of artworks by The Studio Museum in Harlem’s current roster of Artists-in-Residence.

“The Greene Space creates original programming as rich, eclectic and surprising as the city we inhabit and the global audience we reach online,” said Jennifer Sendrow, Executive Producer, The Greene Space. “This season’s line-up is particularly of-the-moment, with a strong focus on election year politics and frank explorations of the thorniest questions our country is grappling with right now. We’re also thrilled to welcome luminaries including Ethan Hawke, Chris Hayes, Kristin Davis, Alec Baldwin, Sandra Bernhard and the inimitable Pat Cleveland, and to collaborate with some of New York City’s most adventurous curators and cultural institutions. Whether we’re doing live journalism or performances, it’s all about audiences forging meaningful connections that go beyond this studio.”

Lead philanthropic support for the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space is provided by The Jerome L. Greene Foundation. Additional support for The Greene Space comes from the MetLife Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Audible is the 2016 Presenting Sponsor of The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.

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Election 2016

Political Party with Keli Goff

This election season, multimedia journalist, author, and screenwriter Keli Goff invites you to sidestep the horserace and join us for an only-in-New York cocktail party and conversation series for the politically curious that meets once a month. This is not another partisan shoutfest or predictable pundit roundtable. Thoughtful contrarianism is encouraged. Talking points are not. Past guests include Rick Lazio, Sherrilyn Ifill, Lynn Sherr, Congressman Charles Rangel, Dr. Calvin Butts, and Jose Antonio Vargas.

  • Dates: September 19, September 26 (Live Presidential Debate Watch at The Apollo Theater), October 19 and November 8 (Election Night Party), all at 7pm.
  • Location: The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY.
  • Tickets: $15 (includes one complimentary drink), available at

        Note: The evening at the Apollo is free of charge.

The Takeaway Live

The Takeaway, coproduced by WNYC Studios and Public Radio International, is an award-winning radio show delivering perspective and analysis, with heavy audience participation, to help us better understand the day’s news. Join John Hockenberry and Todd Zwillich in The Greene Space and be a part of the American conversation in person.

  • Dates: September 1 (America Abroad Media and The Takeaway Global Town Hall in partnership with NPR Berlin) at 12pm and October 18 (The Takeaway’s “Unconvention”), at 7pm
  • Location: The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY
  • Tickets: Free and $15, available at

The Brian Lehrer Show Live: Election 2016

WNYC host Brian Lehrer brings his Peabody Award-winning show before a live audience for a frank conversation about the issues that matters during this charged election cycle.     

  • Dates: Four consecutive weeks – September 29, at 7pm (includes a performance of Judith’s Sloan’s Yo Miss!, a sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always truth-telling show about immigrant/refugee teenagers and incarcerated youth grappling with the cataclysmic events that shaped them) and October 7, 14 and 21 at 10am (live radio broadcasts).
  • Location: The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY
  • Tickets: $25 and $15, available at

The State of the Union Songbook Live

Obie-winning composer Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Civilians) has been taking America’s political temperature, in song, for The New Yorker Radio Hour. We’ll present a selection of his work – including a few world premieres – live in The Greene Space with an array of special guests and a talkback hosted by The New Yorker’s Sarah Larson.

  • Dates: October 26, at 7pm
  • Location: The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY
  • Tickets: On sale September 6 at


Live Podcast Tapings

Every month in The Greene Space, experience the episodes of your favorite radio shows and podcasts recorded live and uncut. Highlights include the first-ever New York City live audience taping of WNYC Studios’ Here’s the Thing hosted by Alec Baldwin in conversation with comedian, singer, actress and author Sandra Bernhard;  a night of politically minded comedy with Negin Farsad’s Fake the Nation; Live Wire with Luke Burbank with guest MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, and a taping of the audio theater program Playing on Air featuring work by John Patrick Shanley, Kate Taney Billingsley, Estelle Parsons, Alan Zweibel and others.  

  • Dates: September 23 (Fake the Nation), October 22 (Live Wire with Luke Burbank), 

             November 14 (Playing on Air), and December 14 (Here’s the Thing), all at 7pm

  •  Location: The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY
  • Tickets: Prices vary, available at


Cultural Events

WQXR Presents “Midday Masterpieces”

(in collaboration with The Juilliard School)

Take a respite from a busy work day with the glories of classical music. Join WQXR to hear rising stars from The Juilliard School perform selections from some of classical music’s best-loved composers in The Greene Space. 

  • Dates: Every first WednesdaySeptember 7, October 5, November 2 and December 7 at 1pm
  • Location: The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY
  • Tickets:  Free to the public, reserve tickets at

“How I Got Over”

We’re reinventing language around race through an ongoing series of conversations and performances that explore, express, and examine what it means when a social construct becomes the social order. Events include intimate conversations between WNYC’s Rebecca Carroll and an array of leading voices in the arts including actors Ethan Hawke and Kristin Davis, and fiction writer Daniel José Older, and a presentation of Ping Chong’s Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity,  a theater  production exploring the diverse experiences of young Muslims living in post-9/11 New York City.

  • Dates: September 12 (Ethan Hawke), October 15 (Beyond Sacred), November 18 (Kristin Davis), and November 21 (Daniel Jose Older), all at 7pm
  • Location: The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY
  • Tickets: Prices vary, available at

City Center Encores! Unscripted at WNYC

City Center Encores! pairs up with The Greene Space for a second series of four conversations and performances exploring the glorious, complicated legacy of the Broadway musical.

  • Dates: October 17 (How Broadway Sings America) and December 19 (Putting It Together: The Art of Adaptation on Broadway), at 7pm
  • Location: The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY
  • Tickets: $20, available at

“Icons & Innovators” with Susan Fales-Hill

Author, award-winning television writer and producer Susan Fales-Hill leads in-depth interviews with groundbreaking thinkers and artists whose work has shaped our cultural landscape as well as the next generation who will define its future.  Susan will spark 4-6 distinctive conversations this fall with guests spanning the worlds of fashion, dance, film, theater, and television, kicking off with an interview with fashion icon Pat Cleveland on September 9. Other dates and guests in this series TBD.

  • Dates: September 9 (Pat Cleveland) at 7pm
  • Location: The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY
  • Tickets: $25, available at

Architecture + Design Film Festival Sneak Preview

The Greene Space and the Architecture + Design Film Festival team up to celebrate the unique creative spirit that drives architecture and design with three sneak-preview screenings of films with a New York City focus. All films will be introduced by festival curator Kyle Bergman with post-screening talkbacks moderated by The Takeaway host John Hockenberry.

  • Dates: September 7, 15 and 22 at 7pm
  • Location: The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY
  • Tickets: $15, available at                         

44 Charlton

Downtown is still weird and wonderful, and we’ve got the variety show to prove it! 44 Charlton is the place where you’ll find a feast of music, comedy, dance, poetry, art, and more – all served up right here in our own SoHo studio on the first Friday of every month. Hosted by the inimitable Julian Fleisher and powered by brilliant performers who call the five boroughs home, it’s a celebration of the vibrant creative life of our city, and dare we say, the most fun you can have for $15.

  • Dates: Every first Friday ongoingOctober 7, November 4 and December 2 at 7pm
  • Location: The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY
  • Tickets: $15, available at

Lopate & Locavores

The popular live event series spotlighting New York City’s local food scene is back for a seventh year!

  • Dates: Three consecutive Thursdays – November 3, 10 and 17 at 7pm
  • Location: The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY
  • Tickets: On sale September 6, available at



The Greene Space is the street-level broadcast studio and performance venue of WNYC and WQXR that produces special live editions of WNYC programs and WQXR concerts and festivals, as well as original programming, including theater events, arts and culture conversation series, political debates and audio theater. It serves as a place for experimentation, cultural discovery and dialogue. For more information, visit


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