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Julie Taymor: Removing the Mask

Talk with Jungian Analyst Morgan Stebbins

Thursday, July 9, 2015
7:00 PM–8:30 PM
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In this on-stage conversation, award-winning director Julie Taymor explores with Jungian analyst Morgan Stebbins the use of the mask in theater, psychotherapy, and the mask as archetype.

About the Speakers

The film of Julie Taymor’s 2013 remarkable production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Theatre for a New Audience has just been released. This follows a history of Shakespeare productions staged at the Brooklyn venue that Taymor would later reimagine in film: The Tempest (1986) became a vehicle for a Helen Mirren as a female Prospero in 2010; Titus Andronicus (1994) became her first film Titus in 1999 starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange. Her biopic Frida (2002), won Academy Awards (2003) for best original score (for partner Elliot Goldenthal) and best makeup. Across the Universe (2007) was a Vietnam-era musical set to reimagined Beatles songs. Taymor’s use of mask and puppetry in theater is legendary: she became the first woman to win a Tony Award for best director of a musical, for her Broadway production of Disney’s The Lion King in 1998 for which she also won for best costume design. Her 1996 Broadway production of Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass (1988) earned Taymor an Obie Award for best direction was the first to incorporate her soon-to-become-trademark puppets and masks. In 1996 Taymor staged Carlo Gozzi’s play The Green Bird, in which she experimented with Bunraku. Her staged operas include Igor Stravinsky’s opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex (1993) which was recorded for television and won an Emmy Award (1993) and Strauss’s Salomé, conducted by Valery Gergiev in St. Petersburg, Mozart’s The Magic Flute for the Metropolitan Opera in New York and an original work by Elliot Goldenthal, Grendel in 2006.

Morgan Stebbins, LMSW, DMin, NCPsyA, Certified Jungian Analyst, is a Jungian Analyst with a practice both in Manhattan and also in the Cold Spring/Garrison, N.Y. area. He was the Director of Training of the JPA (Jungian Psychoanalytic Association) and continues to serve as a faculty member of the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York. Morgan began his ongoing Zen studies with Richard Baker Roshi at the San Francisco Zen Center in the late 70’s and was also a resident at their nearby monastery, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. His teaching integrates depth psychology with the wisdom of ancient traditions. In his analytic practice, the meaning of archetypal symbols that arise in each person orients the direction of the work. His previous appearances at the Rubin include onstage conversations with Meredith Monk and Billy Corgan during The Red Book Dialogues 2009-2010.

Julie Taymor photographed by Brigitte Lacombe, 2010


Please note that Cafe Serai will remain open until the program begins at 7:00pm. Beverages will be available for purchase.