Titanic Tales

Titanic Tales,

Apr 09, 2012

TITANIC TALES: STORIES OF COURAGE AND COWARDICE World Premiere of Original Theater Work Marks 100th Anniversary of Tragic Voyage, April 11

Titanic Tales: Stories of Courage and Cowardice FREE at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

April 9, 2012

Contact: Marian Skokan, 212-875-5386

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Titanic Tales: Stories of Courage and Cowardice, a theater work commissioned by Lincoln Center, will have its world premiere on Thursday, April 12 at 8:30 p.m. a date on which, 100 years ago, the RMS Titanic was mid-voyage on the way to its fateful encounter with the iceberg that led to the ship’s tragic loss on the night of April 15, 1912. The performance, which takes place at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center as part of the Target® Free Thursdays series, follows the survivors of the Titanic’s tragic maiden voyage through the highs and lows of that fateful night.

Titanic Tales is part theater, part concert, part history. Poignant firsthand accounts illustrate how great danger can bring out the best—and sometimes the worst—in people. The remarkable recollections of actual survivors (taken from testimony given at the U.S. Senate Hearings and British Board Inquiry) are evocatively complemented by live music as played by the ship's legendary band. A blend of popular song, light classics and ragtime conjure the atmosphere and elegance of life aboard the ship.

Admission is FREE. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center is located at Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets. For more information, including an updated calendar of performances and programs at the Atrium, visit LincolnCenter.org/Atrium.


(World Premiere)

Written by Duncan McCargo and Stephanie Winters

Starring Duncan McCargo and Stephanie Winters

Musical Supervisor: Stephanie Winters

Music Arranged and Directed by David Shenton

Violin: David Shenton, Cello: Stephanie Winters, Piano: Michael Mitchell

Commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for Target Free Thursdays at the David Rubenstein Atrium

Target® is proud to sponsor Target Free Thursdays at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.


British academic Duncan McCargo became interested in the Titanic in 1984, when he bought a first edition of Logan Marshall’s 1912 classic Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters for five dollars in a used bookstore in Amherst, Massachusetts. He was immediately fascinated by the book’s heady mixture of tragedy, melodrama, myth and moralizing. With the approach of the centenary of the disaster, he and American cellist Stephanie Winters approached Lincoln Center with a proposal for a performance based on survivors’ accounts, accompanied by some of the music originally played on the doomed liner. Lincoln Center commissioned the project on the spot.

After reviewing thousands of pages of material and dozens of popular tunes from the era, McCargo and Winters created a setting of 14 spoken passages and 9 musical selections. Much of the text is adapted from testimony given in the two public inquiries held on the disaster, one by the United States Senate and another by the British Board of Trade.

The creators see the shipwreck and its aftermath as a compelling story of power, wealth, hierarchy, gender, and truth-telling that portrays the tales of the Titanic survivors as triumphs of the human spirit and leadership in the face of terrifying adversity.


Duncan McCargo is a professor of Politics at the University of Leeds in England, and a visiting scholar at Columbia University. He is an award-winning writer who has published ten books on Southeast Asia. He is currently conducting field research in Thailand on the politics of justice, a topic which resonates with many of the issues raised by the Titanic disaster. Visit: www.polis.leeds.ac.uk/about/staff/mccargo/

A Lincoln Center veteran, Stephanie Winters is a celebrated cellist and motivational speaker, who combines music with spoken word texts that illuminate universal themes. Her work has taken her around the globe, presenting more than 1500 concerts, seminars and performances, ranging from the intimacy of Saturday Night Live to a crowd of 13,000 at a Malaysian university sports stadium event. Her solo CD Through The Storm captures her signature style of elegance and emotional connection with her audience. www.stephaniewinters.com

Photo: Front page of the New York Herald, April 15, 1912; source: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/trm096.htm; image in the public domain.

Launched in November 2009, Target® Free Thursdays offers free public performances by a wide-range of artists every Thursday night throughout the year at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. Curated by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., Target Free Thursdays performances feature international, national and local artists. The series also features artists from Lincoln Center’s resident organizations including The Juilliard School, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Chamber Music Society, and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts among others, along with artists curated by community-based partners. The series presents a diverse cross-section of musical genres, including pop, Latin, rock, soul, country, jazz, world, classical and new music, as well as spoken word, multi-media and theater and dance performances. Go to LincolnCenter.org/Atrium for an updated schedule of Atrium events and programs.

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