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Adam Driver to host Veterans Day reading of 'Our Lady of 121st Street'

Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF) will hold its 6th Annual Veterans Day event in honor of the United States Armed Forces on Monday night, Nov. 10, at Studio 54 in N.Y., with a reading of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Our Lady of 121st Street. Girls’ Adam Driver, Marine and AITAF founder, and Listen Up Phillip’s Joanne Tucker, AITAF artistic director, are hosting and producing the event.

“From the moment I first read the play, I saw both the people I served with and the military community as a whole in its characters,” Driver wrote in an email. “It’s filled with a diverse collection of personalities, bonded by their circumstances—they are all mourning the loss of a prominent leader in their small community, which is a theme I feel will very much resonate with a military audience.”

He added: “The play is also aggressive, unsentimental, and colloquial, which I think will upend any preconceived stereotypes that may exist within a section of the military community that theater is lightweight and inaccessible.”

Sam Gold is directing the reading, which will be performed by Francois Battiste, Desmin Borges, Guy Boyd, Phillip James Brannon, Salvatore Inzerillo, Justin Long, Adrian Martinez, Armando Riesco, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Amy Ryan, Samira Wiley, and Tucker.

For Driver, the cause is highly personal. Following his time in the service, he turned to the arts. “Having been exposed to theater in my post-military life, I know what a powerful tool for self-expression it can be,” Driver wrote. “In my platoon, I often saw how violence came from those who couldn’t express themselves and regretted that the people I served with weren’t made aware that language can be as valuable a tool as the rifle on their shoulder. If people take nothing else from Monday’s event other than that, I’ll consider it a huge success.”

Tickets are free for active duty and veteran servicemen and women and their families (18+), $200 for those with no military affiliation (reserve and purchase tickets at aitaf.bpt.me). Proceeds will benefit AITAF’s holiday tour to U.S. bases in Japan and Korea next month.

'The Good Wife,' 'New Girl' and the hollow gamesmanship of TV 'game-changers'

It’s been a bad week to be a ‘shipper. Last Sunday, The Good Wife killed off legal eagle Will Gardner (Josh Charles), gunning down the dreams of fans who’ve hoped that the series would reunite Will with Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies). That same night, Girls drove a wedge between Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Adam (Adam Driver): In a development as out-of-the-blue as the bullets that claimed Will’s life, Hannah was accepted into the University of Iowa’s prestigious writers’ workshop, then mishandled the communication of the news with Adam, who used the occasion to break up with her after a season of growing doubt about their relationship. A couple days later, another pair of scrappy-scruffy love birds surrendered to anxieties about their union when New Girl‘s Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) decided to decouple and revert back to just-friendship. All this, and Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin called it quits, too. It’s all very sad and Phil Collinsy.

With the three television shows, ‘ship death (and just plain death) brings creative opportunity (albeit not before an obligatory grief ep or two). As Mark Harris observes, Will’s death should seed “dramatic possibility” for several characters, notably Alicia and Diane (Christine Baranski). Season 4 of Girls (due next year) could feel like a markedly different show — one with new characters, conflicts, and of course setting — if Hannah follows through and relocates to Iowa. And New Girl – struggling since the sitcom put Jess and Nick together — has a chance to win us over anew by basically reverting to its original settings.


Adam Driver in 'Star Wars': What he'll bring from 'Girls' to a galaxy far, far away

News of Adam Driver joining J.J. Abrams’s 2015 Star Wars sequel sent tremors through the Force earlier this week. Variety hinted that the Girls actor would play a villain, perhaps in the vein of Darth Vader. At 6′ 3″, Driver certainly has the physical presence to play an imposing heavy, and anyone who’s watched Girls, in which he plays Adam Sackler, the often-shirtless woodworker/actor/playwright who dates Lena Dunham’s Hannah, appreciates it’s not just his appearance that makes him an interesting choice — refreshing even, for a franchise that could use a little edge.

Sackler is a fascinating and polarizing character, and even though Driver has appeared in several films, mostly indies like Inside Llewyn Davis, it’s his Girls character that is currently his calling-card. The jump to hyperspace is light years from his cool HBO neighborhood (though perhaps not surprising since Driver had also been rumored for the role of Nightwing in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman movie.)

Since LucasFilm hasn’t confirmed the casting, and the only hints about his Star Wars character come from casting-call descriptions posted last summer, we’re forced — and delighted — to make assumptions based on his role in Girls. We introduced our office nerfherd of Star Wars experts to our gaggle of Girls fans to make some sense of how Driver might fit into the sci-fi universe. After 20 minutes of sad anti-social behavior never before witnessed outside of an elementary-school gymnasium, and 20 minutes of breaking the ice playing Pass the Orange, the two camps finally put their heads together to come up with the following predictions for Driver’s Star Wars character, henceforth known as Darth Ramslayer: READ FULL STORY

'Girls': How are we supposed to feel about Adam?

Adam in the Girls pilot to a just-fired Hannah: “You should never be anyone’s f—ing slave, except mine.”
Adam in the Girls season 2 finale when a distraught Hannah whimpers ‘You’re here': “I was always here.”

In a show called Girls, last night’s episode seemed to have a lot to do with boys. Marnie  is now back with Charlie and there’s this uncomfortable feeling that she believes this solves everything — including the fact that she saw her career prospects go to shambles this season. Shoshanna breaks up with the guy she lost her virginity to — at least this feels like growth. And Adam and Hannah… well, I’m not sure. What was with that rom-com ending? Were we supposed to be left satisfied or weary? And how are we supposed to feel about Adam? Is he violent, misunderstood, kind, cruel, or some mixture of all of these. Let’s dive in. READ FULL STORY

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