Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, Artists Space and Light Industry will be rescheduling all programs related to A Film Club for Adrienne Kennedy.
My mother often told the story of how when she was pregnant she went to a movie and saw Adrienne Ames and decided to name me for her. How could I see then that my name was responsible for inspiring in me a curiosity about celebrity and glamour?
– Adrienne Kennedy
Cinema, and classical Hollywood in particular, has been a profound influence on Adrienne Kennedy's theater. As a child growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, Kennedy spent countless hours watching films at theaters like the Waldorf, the Imperial, and the Uptown, and memories of what she saw would reverberate across her scripts and autobiographical writings. As part of her exhibition at Artists Space, Light Industry's Thomas Beard and Ed Halter host a week-long film club, organized around the films and performers which have endured in Kennedy's imagination and, each in their own way, led to her plays.