Aug. 23--The Stratford Library's theatrical variation on a book club -- the "Script Talk!" series -- will start with "A Streetcar Named Desire" on Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Tennessee Williams classic that is the Yale Repertory Theatre's season opener on Friday, Sept. 20.
"Script Talk!" was launched in the early 1980s by the library public relations director and programming coordinator, Tom Holehan, who is also artistic director of Square One Theatre in Stratford.
The script discussions are usually followed by film or television adaptations of the play in question. In the case of "Streetcar," the 1951 Elia Kazan film with Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh will be shown after the discussion.
The Yale Rep staging will feature Joe Manganiello, of the HBO series "True Blood," as Stanley Kowalski.
"Streetcar" also has gained some new relevance with Woody Allen's current hit "Blue Jasmine," which is loosely based on the Williams play and stars a notable stage Blanche DuBois, Cate Blanchett
The other 2013 "Script Talk!" discussions will deal with the classic farce "Room Service" on Oct. 8; Terence Rattigan's "The Browning Version" on Nov. 12; and David Ives' contemporary comedy "Venus in Fur" on Dec. 10.
"Room Service" is being presented at the Westport Playhouse during October, a revival of "The Browning Version" is set for a fall opening on Broadway and Roman Polanski's film version of "Venus in Fur" will open in December.
Call 203-385-4162 or visit www.stratfordlibrary.org.
Westport book publicist Meryl Moss will lead a discussion with author and therapist Donald Cohen at a literary salon before the performance of "Oblivion" at the Westport Country Playhouse on Tuesday, Aug.27.
The salon series was created by Moss to showcase authors dealing with the themes treated in playhouse productions. It was my pleasure to moderate last month's salon with thriller writer Andrew Gross before a performance of "Loot."
Wine and cheese are offered before the salons, which are free with a ticket to the show in question, and take place in the Lucille Lortel White Barn Center.
The session with Cohen will start at 7 p.m. He is a family therapist who is used to dealing with the dysfunction that is on view in the Carly Mensch comedy-drama that will be performed at 8.
Cohen, who lives in Weston, is co-author of the book, "My Father, My Son," and creator/host of the weekly television and radio show, "Kids Are Talking."
Subscribers can exchange tickets to the Aug. 27 performance by calling 203-227-4177. Reservations for the "Books Worth Talking About" are necessary. Call 203-227-4177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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