When Pam Tanowitz and I visited Burnt Norton last summer, I shot a video of the garden that Eliot writes about in the poem. Here it is, with Kathleen Chalfant reading from “Burnt Norton.”
About Gideon Lester
Gideon Lester is Artistic Director of the Fisher Center at Bard and Senior Curator at the Open Society University Network’s Center for the Arts and Human Rights. A festival director, creative producer, and dramaturg, he has collaborated with and commissioned a broad range of American and international artists across disciplines, including Romeo Castellucci, Justin Vivian Bond, Brice Marden, Sarah Michelson, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Claudia Rankine, Kaija Saariaho, Peter Sellars, and Anna Deavere Smith.
About Kathleen Chalfant
Kathleen Chalfant is an actress. Broadway: Angels in America (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Racing Demon, Dance With Me. Off-Broadway: Wit (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Connecticut Critics Circle, and Obie Awards), For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, A Walk in the Woods (Drama Desk nomination), Talking Heads (Obie Award), Nine Armenians (Drama Desk nomination), Henry V (Callaway Award). London and Los Angeles: Ovation Awards for Wit and Red Dog Howls. Film: Isn’t it Delicious?, R.I.P.D., Lackawanna Blues, Perfect Stranger, Kinsey, Laramie Project, Random Hearts. Select Television: The Affair, The Strain, The Americans, House of Cards, The Book of Daniel, One Life to Live, Madam Secretary, Elementary, Voices from the White House, A Death in the Family, Storm of the Century. Awards: 1996 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, 2004 Lortel Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the League of Professional Women. She received the Drama League and Sidney Kingsley awards and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Cooper Union.