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SPEAK WHAT WE FEEL - The Life of Brian Murray

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Judson Memorial Church

55 Washington Square South

New York, NY 10012

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Judson Arts Wednesdays and the Judson Memorial Church present Artist-in-Residence James Patrick Nelson in a ONE NIGHT ONLY performance of "SPEAK WHAT WE FEEL" - a solo show adapted from the novel he co-authored on the life and times of the late Brian Murray.

Brian Murray was an incomparable man of the theatre. He was a veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame. He won two Drama Desk Awards and was nominated for three Tony Awards. He directed and starred in countless productions on and off Broadway. He was a legend, widely celebrated as one of the finest of his generation.

He was a complicated man, and he lived a fascinating life. An American immigrant, he fled his native South Africa at the height of Apartheid, and came to New York City full of big dreams and youthful optimism - and he lived long enough to watch America fall short of it's promise, while South Africa rebuilt itself into a beacon of hope. As a gay man, his life was a long journey of coming out. He grew up at the height of anti-gay prejudice, endured terrible loss in the AIDS epidemic, and then lived long enough to see unimaginable surges in LGBT civil rights.

Brian passed away on August 20th 2018. His long life was filled with passion, struggle, beauty, adversity, and change. And now his story demands to be told.

The text of "Speak What We Feel" was composed by James Patrick Nelson, in collaboration with Brian himself, and it features excerpts by William Shakespeare, Tom Stoppard, David Rudkin, Hugh Leonard, and William Nicholson. The performance will be directed by Chris Roe.

The intimate, informal, workshop performance will take place Wednesday March 27th at the Judson Memorial Church at 55 Washington Square South in New York City. Doors will open at 7:15, and free food and drinks will be served until the performance begins at 8pm.

Please join us for an evening of theatre celebrating the remarkable life of Brian Murray.


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