This American Life - Live! Hosted by Ira Glass


Encore Screening in HD
7 p.m., Thursday, June 7, 2012
Quick Center for the Arts

Tickets: $20, $15 for students and seniors

Image: Ira GlassFairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts presents an encore screening in High Definition of This American Life - Live!hosted by Ira Glass at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 7, 2012. The original broadcast and performance took place on May 10, 2012, at the Skirball Center at New York University in New York City. It is being presented byWBEZ Chicago and BY Experience in collaboration with Public Radio International(PRI). Tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors.

Ira Glass is the well-known host of WBEZ Chicago's critically acclaimed radio show This American Life, a weekly hour-long radio program which debuted in 1995 on WBEZ Chicago. Now distributed by Public Radio International, it is broadcast to more than 500 radio stations reaching 1.7 million weekly listeners and is often the most popular podcast in the country averaging more than 750,000 weekly downloads.

This American Life - Live!is the program's latest cinema presentation, and along with host Ira Glass, it features stories by writer David Rakoff, comedian Tig Notaro and Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington.Together they perform a live stage version of the radio show, centered on the theme "The Invisible Made Visible." The performance also features a new short film by Mike Birbiglia, live music by the rock band and YouTube sensations OK Go,a dance performance by Monica Bill Barnes & Company, original animation and illustration, and special surprise guests.

"I saw this amazing dance performance by Monica Bill Barnes' company, and I thought - that is totally in the style of our radio show," said host Ira Glass. "But obviously you can't have dance on the radio. Then I realized, we have to do another cinema event! We've built this lineup of stories mixed with super visual things, including the dancers I saw that night, so it's going to feel like the radio show but also totally unlike anything we've done before."

WBEZ Chicago and BY Experience also teamed up for the highly successful cinema presentations of This American Life - Live! in May 2008 and April 2009. In 2001, Time Magazine named Ira Glass the "best radio host in America." From 2007-2008, a television version of This American Life aired on Showtime, winning three Emmy® Awards. The radio show has won major broadcasting awards including the Peabody, duPont-Columbia and Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Alisa Miller, president and CEO of Public Radio International (PRI) said, "Previous This American Life digital cinema events have been as lively, entertaining and amazing as the radio show. Ira Glass is a master storyteller on the radio, and in this new live show, Ira promises to add new dimensions to that art form. As the organization that brings diverse perspectives to public media, PRI is proud to support this digital cinema event, and all of Ira's work."

Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396 (1-877-278-7396). Tickets can also be purchased online at http://www.fairfield.edu/quick.

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available throughout the Quick Center for audience members and performers. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the Box Office. Fairfield University is located off exit 22 of Interstate-95. For further information and directions, call (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/quick.

Image: Popular radio personality Ira Glass, pictured on-stage, hosts This American Life - Live!, which has an encore screening in High Definition at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 7, 2012, at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts. (photo credit: This American Life).

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Media Contact: Mike Horyczun, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2647, mhoryczun@fairfield.edu

Posted on May 17, 2012

Vol. 44, No. 302