Private Jokes, Public Places

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About the Show Less...

Private Jokes, Public Places is a comedy about the contemporary world of architecture. Sexual tensions and intellectual pretence conflict when Margaret, a graduate student defends her thesis for a public swimming pool to an all-male jury of famous architects. Read More >

An architecture student. Her thesis. The jury. Capturing the full character of architectural discourse, Private Jokes, Public Places offers a disturbing yet humorous glimpse inside the contemporary world of architecture. Margaret, a young Korean-American student, presents her thesis for a public swimming pool to an all-male jury of famous architects. Safdie, a former architecture student at Columbia University and the son of prominent architect Moshe Safdie, uses this simple premise as a jumping-off point for a facile examination of academia, intellectual pretension and the failure of postmodernist culture. The play asks compelling questions about the state of the male/female power struggle, fears of disrupting the status quo and ultimately the importance of challenging tradition.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 07/11/2006

Opening Night: 14/11/2006

Closing Night: 10/12/2006

Running time: 1h20

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Cast & Creative


Robert East, Michael Gilroy, M J Kang and Colin Starkey.


Director - Leon Rubin

Producer - Snug Harbor Productions, Ergo Entertainment & Maximum Entertainment Productions in association with New End Theatre

Designer - Dermot Hayes

Author - Oren Safdie