The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) presents an informal discussion with internationally acclaimed playwright and director Richard Foreman, Thursday, November 6th, from 7-8 p.m. at the Aladdin Theater. Admission is $3 and the lecture is open to the public.

One of the most important playwrights of the last half of the twentieth century, Mr. Foreman has helped shaped the direction of avant garde theater both in the United States and abroad. He has written, directed and designed more than thirty of his own plays, with the now famous Ontological-Hysteric Theater which he founded in New York in 1968. The company has toured extensively throughout Europe and Mr. Foreman has received seven Obie Awards — three for best play of the year, and four more for direction and “Sustained Achievement.” In 1995, he was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for “his original vision and for helping to shape American avant garde theater,” and was one of the first recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Lifetime Achievement” award (1991).

Mr. Foreman’s work has been the subject of six books: My Head Was A Sledgehammer and Other Plays (Overlook Press; 1995), Unbalancing Acts, which includes eassys on his philosophy of theater as well as the texts of his more recent plays (Pantheon Books; 1992); Love & Science, a collection of Foreman librettos (TGC Publications; 1991); Reverberation Machines, The Later Plays and Essays (Station Hill Press; 1985); The Theater of Richard Foreman (UMI Press; 1978) and Richard Foreman, Plays and Manifestos (New York University Press; 1976).

Pearls for Pigs, Mr. Foreman’s 44th original play, will be performed by members of his New York company on Wednesday, November 12th at 8 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concet Hall. Pearls for Pigs is presented as part of PICA’s 1997/98 Performance Series. General admission tickets are $21.50 ($19.50 for PICA members).

For more information or to order tickets in advance for either the lecture or performance, please call PICA at 503/242-1419. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.