The 25th annual Maynard Mack Lecture at Yale University will feature a conversation with actor Dianne Wiest on Thursday, March 3, 5:15 p.m. at the Yale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel St.. The event is free and open to the public.
Wiest has had a distinguished career in film, stage, and television. She won her first Academy Award in 1986 as best supporting actress in “Hannah and Her Sisters.” She won the award again in 1994 for “Bullets over Broadway.” Both films were directed by Woody Allen.
She first appeared on stage in New Haven in the Yale Repertory Theatre’s 1981 staging of Henrik Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler.” Wiest will return to Yale Rep in the role of Winnie in Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece “Happy Days,” directed by James Bundy, which will run April 29-May 21. Bundy describes Wiest as “one of the world’s great actors.”
The Maynard Mack lecture is administered by and endowed through the Elizabethan Club of Yale University. Each year the lectureship brings to Yale a distinguished theater practitioner to speak on a topic of his or her choice. It honors the late Maynard Mack, Sterling Professor of English at Yale, an eminent scholar of Shakespeare, Pope, and other literary figures. The program this year is co-sponsored by the Beinecke Fellows Fund at the Yale School of Drama.