Jed Peterson is an actor born and raised in New York City. He graduated from LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and Princeton University. He trained at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia where he became one of only two Americans to have appeared on the theatre’s Main Stage, with the Russian company. He trained as a dancer at the School of American Ballet and made his stage debut in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the New York City Ballet. Recently, he played the dancer Rudolf Nureyev in the premier of the new play NUREYEV’S EYES. He also created the leading role of Stephen Foster in the new musical HARD TIMES at the Cell Theatre, written by Larry Kirwan and featuring the music of Stephen Foster. He is a Resident Artist at The Cell Theatre and a member of the acting company of Playwrights Gallery.
Philosophy in the Boudoir
A full reading of the book by the Marquis de Sade (1795), in the first unexpurgated English translation by Richard Seaver & Austryn Wainhouse published in the US by Grove Press in 1965. No other writer has so scandalized proper society as the Marquis de Sade, but despite the deliberate destruction of over three-quarters of his work, Sade remains a major figure in the history of ideas. His influence on some of the greatest minds of the last century–from Baudelaire and Swinburne to Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky and Kafka–is indisputable. Philosophy in the Bedroom (1795) is a major work that presents the clearest summation of his political philosophy. It’s a dialogue set in a boudoir exploring and experimenting through language the links between total freedom of thought and total freedom of manners and bodies. The text is adapted for five actors who give their voice to a relentless Marquis de Sade proposing a radical thought experiment.
Time: 12 am – 5 am
Location: Ukrainian Institute of America / 3rd Floor / Oval Room