Walter Issacson on The Book of Jobs: First up at Barrington Stage Live from 92nd St. Y Series

Steve Jobs will be the subject of Walter Isaacson's talk.

The future of the Barrington Stage Company (BSC) telecasts have been in question for months, so it comes as great news that they will continue. Three great achievers – Walter Isaacson, Mandy Patinkin and Gloria Steinham – will kick off the “Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y” Simulcasts for winter 2012 on January 24.

The popular satellite broadcast series brings lectures, interviews and readings from nationally and internationally recognized political figures, entertainers, newsmakers and authors to communities across the U.S. and Canada. The “Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y” lectures will be broadcast to BSC’s Mainstage Theatre located at 30 Union Street in Downtown Pittsfield. These programs are sponsored in part by Knesset Israel and the Dorothy and Carl Wildman Endowment.

Walter Isaacson invokes history.

Walter Isaacson on Steve Jobs
Rick Stengel, moderator
Tuesday, January 24, 8:00pm

Walter Isaacson wrote the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. In iSteve: The Book of Jobs, Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs’ professional and personal life. Now he will talk about the process of documenting the iconic Jobs and prognosticate a future without the legendary leader of Apple.

He knows of what he speaks since the book itself is drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson had conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs’ family members, key colleagues from Apple and its competitors. Jobs knew his days were numbered, and had a lot to say for us to consider after he was gone. iSteve is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

Isaacson is expected to discuss the significance of Jobs’s contributions to the business world and explain his drive as he revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing. Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination, and he built a company where leaps of imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering. Isaacson looks at Jobs for important lessons about innovation, character, leadership and values.

Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and of Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.

Mandy Patinkin provokes applause.

Mandy Patinkin
With Thane Rosenbaum
Monday, February 6, 8:00pm

Mandy Patinkin’s career encompasses theater, film, television, recordings and the concert stage. His Broadway credits include Evita, The Secret Garden, Sunday in the Park with George and solo concerts. He has appeared in more than 20 feature films, multiple television series and has made numerous solo recordings. Thane Rosenbaum is a novelist and law professor at Fordham University and the director of the Forum on Law, Culture and Society.

Gloria Steinham stokes fresh thinking.

Gloria Steinem
With Budd Mishkin
Tuesday, February 28, 8:00pm

Gloria Steinem talks about her travels in this and other countries as an organizer, lecturer and frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality and her work organizing across boundaries for peace and justice. In 1972, Gloria Steinem co-founded Ms. Magazine, and in 1973, she became the founding president of the Ms. Foundation for Women. Her books include Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, among others. She is currently at work on Road to the Heart: America as if Everyone Mattered. Budd Mishkin is the host and reporter for NY1’s “One on 1 with Budd Mishkin.” This event is part of the Ruth Stanton Illustrious Women Series, supported by The Ruth Stanton Foundation.

About the Telecasts, and Tickets

Winter 2012 Live from the 92Y events will be broadcast live via satellite from the 92nd Street Y in New York City. The live simulcasts will be interactive experiences, as audience members will have the chance, during the live event, to submit questions to the speakers via email.

Winter 2012 Live from the 92Y event tickets are $10 each (general admission) or patrons can save 20% by purchasing tickets to all three winter 92Y events for just $24 and all handling fees will be waived. Please note: $24 special is not available for purchase online. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Barrington Stage Box Office at 413-236-8888 or visit Barrington Stage Company’s Box Office and Mainstage Theatre are located at 30 Union Street in Downtown Pittsfield.

About the 92nd Street Y

Founded in 1874 by a group of visionary Jewish leaders, the 92nd Street Y has grown into a wide ranging cultural, educational and community center serving people of all ages, races, faiths and backgrounds. The 92nd Street Y’s mission is to enrich the lives of the over 300,000 people who visit in person each year as well as those who visit virtually, through the Y’s satellite, television, radio and Internet broadcasts. The organization offers comprehensive performing arts, film and spoken word events; courses in the humanities, the arts, personal development and Jewish culture; activities and workshops for children, teenagers and parents; and health and fitness programs for people of every age. Committed to making its programs available to everyone, the 92nd Street Y awards nearly $1 million in scholarships annually and reaches out to more than 6,000 public school children through subsidized arts and science education programs. For more information, please visit

About Barrington Stage Company

Julianne Boyd promotes new ideas.

Barrington Stage Company, a professional award-winning Equity regional theatre located in the heart of the Berkshires, in Pittsfiel , MA , was co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. Barrington Stage’s mission is three-fold: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways to bringing new audiences into the theatre—especially young people. Barrington Stage garnered national attention in 2004 when it workshopped, and premiered William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s musical hit The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which later transferred to Broadway’s Circle-in-the-Square Theatre where it won two Tony Awards and played more than 1,000 performances. In 2009/2010 Barrington Stage produced the world premiere of Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session, which later moved Off-Broadway to the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater and then to New World Stages and has played more than 500 performances. Barrington Stage was voted “Best Live Theatre” by The Berkshire Eagle readers in 2011 and was named “Best Theatre Company” in Metroland’s Best of the Capital Region 2009-2011.

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