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Mia Farrow + James Lapine

The Moment of Giving

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
7:00 PM–8:30 PM

“I learned that you can’t truly own anything, that true ownership comes only in the moment of giving.”

—Mia Farrow, What Falls Away


“Every knot was once straight rope.”

—James Lapine, Into the Woods



The actress and activist Mia Farrow shares some realizations from later in life with Broadway playwright and director James Lapine in a freewheeling conversation about the truths gathered on one’s life-path.


About the Speakers

Mia Farrow has appeared in more than forty films but she is equally known as a fierce advocate for human rights. She has served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2000 with a focus on children in conflict zones, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. She tweets, blogs, and posts relevant articles; offers analyses on her website; and contributes op-ed pieces and photographs that have appeared in publications and exhibitions around the world. She has traveled to the Darfur region of Sudan thirteen times and spoken extensively about genocide and human responsibility.

In 2008 Farrow was selected by Time magazine as one of the most influential people in the world. She has been the recipient of numerous humanitarian awards including the Refugees International McCall-Pierpont Award for “extraordinary services to refugees and displaced people,” the Tiananmen Square Award, the Leon Sullivan International Service Award, and the Marian Anderson Award 2010. Her project The Darfur Archives documents the cultural traditions of Darfur’s major ethnic tribes. It is preserved at the Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut.

James Lapine wrote the book for and directed Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Passion, and Sondheim on Sondheim. With William Finn he has collaborated on Falsettos, A New Brain, Muscle, and Little Miss Sunshine. He has also directed David Henry Hwang’s Golden Child, Michel Legrand’s Amour; the 2012 revival of Annie, and three Shakespeare productions for the Public Theatre among many other works. Lapine received an Emmy nomination and a Peabody award for d the HBO documentary Six by Sondheim. He has been nominated for twelve Tony Awards winning on three occasions and has received five Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2011 he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame and in 2015 was the recipient of the Mr. Abbott Award presented by the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers for a lifetime of exceptional achievement in the theatre.

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