Westport Country Playhouse and Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc. are partnering for a new literary salon series called “Books Worth Talking About!”
Launching in June, the program will feature a pre-show discussion with prominent authors followed by a performance of a Playhouse production. The themes of the literary salons and theatrical productions will complement each other.
The inaugural salon and its parallel Playhouse production on Wednesday, June 13, will focus on memoir writing as a healing tool. Nina Sankovitch, author of “Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: A Year of Magical Reading,” a memoir in dealing with the death of her sister, will be interviewed from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Playhouse’s Sheffer studio by Tessa Smith McGovern, memoir collection editor, writing professor at Sarah Lawrence College and founder of eChook Digital Publishing.
Following at 8 pm will be a performance of The Year of Magical Thinking, based on the National Book Award-winning memoir by Joan Didion. Featuring Maureen Anderman, the play is about hope and renewal following the author’s loss of her husband.
The literary salon is open to anyone with a ticket for the Wednesday, June 13 performance. Subscribers to other performances may exchange their tickets into this evening if they wish by contacting the Playhouse box office at 203-227-4177.
Upcoming literary salons will be on Wednesday, July 18, prior to a performance of Molière’s Tartuffe and Wednesday, August 29, before the world premiere of the comedy “Harbor,” by Tony Award-nominated playwright Chad Beguelin. For a season brochure, click here.
For more information or tickets, call 203- 227-4177, toll-free1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport or www.westportplayhouse.org.