Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Salon Features Books Worth Talking About, Westport Author Jane Green

Jane Green
Westport’s Jane Green, nationally bestselling author, will speak at “Books Worth Talking About,” on Wednesday, August 29, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Lucille Lortel White Barn Center at Westport Country Playhouse. The literary salon will be followed by an 8 p.m. performance of the world premiere comedy, “Harbor,” written by two-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (“The Wedding Singer”) and directed by Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director.
“Books Worth Talking About,” a recently launched partnership between Westport Country Playhouse and Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc., provides an opportunity to interact with prominent authors and explore ideas and themes to enrich the theater-going experience. Topics of the literary salons and theatrical productions are designed to complement each other.
Green will discuss love, parenthood, and the new, modern family, themes that are prevalent in her books as well as in “Harbor.”
Green has written several bestselling novels including Promises to Keep, Dune Road, and Jemima J. Her most recent book is Another Piece of My Heart. A former feature writer for the Daily Mail in the UK, she now contributes to The Huffington Post and The Sunday Times. Green lives with her husband and six children in Westport, CT.
The world premiere comedy “Harbor” opens with Ted and Kevin, who have been together for 10 years, in their picture perfect house in Sag Harbor. When Kevin's ne'er-do-well sister, whom he hasn’t seen in years, and her 15-year-old daughter arrive out of the blue, the pair's life changes and tensions quickly bubble to the surface. The bonds between kith and kin are tested in this alternately biting, touching and hilarious new comedy about the constantly shifting nature of the meaning of family. The comedy is recommended for ages 16 and up.
The cast includes Tony Award nominee Bobby Steggert (Broadway’s “Ragtime”), Emmy Award nominee Paul Anthony Stewart (“Guiding Light”), Kate Nowlin and Alexis Molnar.
The literary salon is open to anyone with a ticket for the Wednesday, August 29 performance. Subscribers to other performances may exchange their tickets into this evening by contacting the Playhouse box office at 203-227-4177.
Green’s books will be available for purchase at the event from Playhouse community partners The Fairfield University Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Fairfield University Bookstore.
Sponsor of the Literary Salon is Catamount Wealth Management.
Reservations for the “Books Worth Talking About” literary salon are necessary. RSVP at marketing@westportplayhouse.org or the Playhouse box office at (203)-227-4177.
For more information or tickets to “Harbor,” playing August 28 – September 15, call the box office at (203) 227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Tickets are available online at www.westportplayhouse.org.

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