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Baryshnikov Arts Center Hosts

Person Place Thing

David Neumann in Conversation

October 18, 2019

David Neumann’s work “feels genuinely important, both to the form and to minds of those who see it.”Time Out New York

"Richly entertaining…a talented satirist”Publishers Weekly on Person Place Thing host Randy Cohen

At this live recording of public radio program Person Place Thing, humorist and Emmy Award-winner Randy Cohen chats with choreographer and BAC Artist alum David Neumann, recent Tony Award nominee for his choreography of Hadestown. Person Place Thing is an interview show that draws surprising stories from great speakers, based on the belief that people are most engaging when they speak not about themselves, but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them.

The evening will include live music by Big Mamou Band.


David Neumann
Artist Bio

David Neumann

David Neumann and Advanced Beginner Group (ABG)’s original work has been presented in New York at Performance Space 122, New York Live Arts, The Kitchen, Abrons Arts Center, Central Park Summerstage, Celebrate Brooklyn, Symphony Space, The Chocolate Factory, and The Whitney.

ABG has also performed at the Walker Art Center, Alverno College, MASS MoCA, The Fusebox Festival, The Ringling Festival, and the American Dance Institute, among others. Neumann was a performer for many years working with, among others, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Big Dance Theater, Doug Elkins, Doug Varone, and Sally Silvers. Recent projects include: choreographer of Hadestown (NYTW and Broadway), The Total Bent (Public Theater), War (Lincoln Center III), Futurity (Ars Nova and Soho Rep), An Octoroon (Soho Rep/Theater for a New Audience), directing Geoff Sobelle in The Object Lesson (BAM and NYTW), and choreographing Hagoromo at BAM Harvey with Wendy Whelan and Jock Soto. He is currently professor of theater at Sarah Lawrence College. Most recently, Neumann’s work, I Understand Everything Better received two 2016 NY Dance and Performance Bessie Awards, one for Outstanding Production and one for Outstanding Sound Design/Music Composition. He was named a 2016 Artist in Residence at the SETI Institute and was awarded a Robert Rauschenberg Residency. Over the years, Neumann has received three Bessie Awards, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award, an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship (Noh immersive), residencies at MASS MoCA, ADI, and MANCC, and support from the Rockefeller Foundation, Creative Capital, NYFA, and National Dance Projects, among others.

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Randy Cohen
Host Bio

Randy Cohen

Randy Cohen’s first professional work was writing humor pieces, essays, and stories for newspapers and magazines (The New Yorker, Harpers, The Atlantic, Young Love Comics). His first television work was writing for Late Night With David Letterman for which he won three Emmy awards.

His fourth Emmy was for his work on Michael Moore’s TV Nation. He received a fifth Emmy as a result of a clerical error, and he kept it. For 12 years he wrote The Ethicist, a weekly column for New York Times Magazine. In 2010, his first play, The Punishing Blow, ran at New York’s Clurman Theater. His most recent book, Be Good: how to navigate the ethics of everything, was published by Chronicle. He is currently the creator and host of Person Place Thing, a public radio program.

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Photos: David Neumann by Julieta Cervantes, Maria Baranova