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To be chapped or not to be chapped, that is the question. This set of three Shakespearen lip balms are decorated to look like Shakespeare (Mint), Hamlet (Apple) and Macbeth (Orange). (Those in the know refer to Macbeth as the “Scottish Balm.”) Each tube of lip balm is 2-1/2" (6.4 cm) long with a twist bottom dispenser. Illustrated window box.
The Back Story… Author Sherman Alexie came up with the idea for writers to support their local indie by "volunteering" to work at the store on Small Business Saturday 2013. The day was a huge hit. Thousands of authors across the country acted as guest booksellers and the Indies First movement was born.
Authors then backed Indies First Storytime Day, during Children's Book Week, and were story hour readers at hundreds of independent bookstores.
Throughout, publishers have been behind the scenes boosters, recruiting authors and tagging great reads to promote!
For the holiday, 2014 season, Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) started Upstream, an indie bookstore-author partnership that connects authors with their local independent booksellers for signed stock, AND bestselling author Neil Gaiman and musician-author Amanda Palmer are leading the call for their fellow authors to get behind Indies First.
As part of Small Business Saturday, authors volunteer at their favorite indies.
Thursday, November 20th, 2014. 6pm Sarah Ruhl: Book Talk, Q&A and Book Signing, "100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write" (FREE)
Sarah Ruhl’s plays include In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee), The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize finalist, winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); Passion Play, a cycle; Dead Man’s Cell Phone (winner of the Helen Hayes Award); and, most recently, Stage Kiss and Dear Elizabeth. She has been the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award, the Whiting Writers’ Award, the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for a midcareer playwright. She is currently on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama and lives in Brooklyn with her family.
About the Book: Sarah Ruhl is a mother of three and one of America’s best-known playwrights. She has written a stunningly original book of essays whose concerns range from the most minimal and personal subjects to the most encompassing matters of art and culture. The titles themselves speak to the volume’s uniqueness: “On lice,” “On sleeping in the theater,” “On motherhood and stools (the furniture kind),” “Greek masks and Bell’s palsy.”
100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write is a book in which chimpanzees, Chekhov, and child care are equally at home. A vibrant, provocative examination of the possibilities of the theater, it is also a map to a very particular artistic sensibility, and an unexpected guide for anyone who has chosen an artist’s life.
Eric Bogosian: Reading and Book Signing (FREE) Eric Bogosian will perform a live reading from his celebrated Monologues from his book 100 (monologues).
About the Author:
Eric Bogosian is best known as a playwright, novelist and actor. He wrote and starred in the play, "Talk Radio" (NYSF - 1987; on Broadway starring Liev Schreiber- 2007), for which he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and the Tony award. For his film adaptation of the play, Bogosian received the Berlin Film Festival "Silver Bear." His six solo performances Off-Broadway between 1980 and 2000, (including "Drinking in America", "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll" and "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee") received three Obie awards. In addition to "Talk Radio", Bogosian has written a number of full-length plays including "subUrbia" (LCT, Second Stage, also adapted to film), "Griller" (Goodman), "Red Angel" (Williamstown Theater Festival), "Humpty Dumpty" (The McCarter), 1+1 (New York Stage and Film). He is also the author of three novels, "Mall", "Wasted Beauty" and "Perforated Heart" and a novella, "Notes from Underground." He is a Guggenheim fellow.
As an actor, Bogosian has appeared in numerous films and television programs, starring in Robert Altman's "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial", Oliver Stone's "Talk Radio", as Travis Dane in "Under Siege II", as Eddie Nash in "Wonderland" and as Captain Danny Ross in sixty episodes of "Law & Order:CI." In 2010, he starred on Broadway in "Time Stands Still" with Laura Linney, Brian Darcy James and Alicia Silverstone/Christina Ricci. Most recently he appears as a recurring character, Nelson Dubeck, on "The Good Wife."
In April 2014, Theater Communications Group published the full collection of Bogosian's monologues, titled "100 (monologues)." Go to 100monologues.com to see members of the New York acting community performing the monologues.
Bogosian lives in New York with his wife, director Jo Bonney. He is currently completing a non-fiction book documenting "Operation Nemesis", a conspiracy that targeted and assassinated Turkish leaders responsible for the Armenian genocide.
About the Book: 100 (monologues) collects all of Eric Bogosian's monologues, originally performed as part of his six off-Broadway solo shows, including Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll; Pounding Nails in the Floor with my Forehead; Wake Up and Smell the Coffee; Drinking in America; Funhouse; Men Inside and selections from his play Talk Radio. For these solo shows, first performed between 1980 and 2000, Bogosian was awarded three Obie awards and a Drama Desk award—earning him living icon status in the downtown theater scene.
Dark, painful memories can be like a cage. Or, in the case of Alan Cumming, they can be packed away in a box, stuck in the attic to be forgotten. Until one day the box explodes and all the memories flood back in horrible detail. Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto everyone around him. That man was Alex Cumming, Alan's father.
Alan is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, producer, and director. He recently starred in an acclaimed one-man staging of Macbeth on Broadway, and appears on the Emmy Award–winning television show The Good Wife. He won a Tony Award for his portrayal of the Emcee in the Broadway musical Cabaret, a role he is reprising in 2014. He hosts PBS Masterpiece Mystery and has appeared in numerous films, including Spy Kids, Titus, X2: X-Men United, The Anniversary Party, Any Day Now, and Eyes Wide Shut.
Talk and Q&A at 5:30 p.m. Seating is limited, priority to customers who purchase the book so save your receipt.
Siging at 6:30 p.m.
If you cannot attend but would like a signed copy, please call customers service at 212-944-0595
Time Out London, Edinburgh Fringe theatre highlights top ten 2014 >>. If you only see one show: Picking one feels a bit unfair, but on the basis that his ‘Quietly’ was the best thing at the Trav in 2013, we’d direct you towards Owen McCafferty’s ‘Unfaithful’, a four-hander about two couples trying to overcome betrayal in their relationship.
Edinburgh 2014: Will Eno – 'It takes work to sound like a real person talking'. The playwright talks about his monologue Title and Deed, the influence of Beckett, and not being deliberately enigmatic —The Guardian >>
Edinburgh theatre 2014: what to see. The best plays and theatre shows to see at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, as chosen by our critics, including Unfaithful, SmallWar, Donald Robertson is Not a Stand-Up Comdeian, Confirmation, and Tittle and Deed. —The Telegraph >>
Edinburgh 2014: Our picks of the Fringe and EIF. The job of picking highlights from the 400-plus page programme is no mean feat, but we've given it a good go. Shows are listed in time order to help you plan your Festival schedule. Includes Lippy, Lungs, Our Teacher's A Troll, Spine, and The James Plays. —WhatsOnStage.com >>
Donald Robertson is Not a Stand-up Comedian has won the 2014 Flying Artichoke, the Scottish Arts Club/Edinburgh Guide.com Scottish Theatre Fringe Award for outstanding quality in the Fringe Festival. The judges described the winner as "a tale of Stand-up Comedy with a sharp twist that both startles and satisfies."
The James Plays: Herald Angel Award
Lippy: Herald Angel Award
Donald Robertson is Not a Stand-up Comedian: The Scottish Arts Club / Edinburgh Guide Award
DYING FOR IT
by Moira Buffini
a free adaptation of The Suicide by Nikolai Erdman
directed by Neil Pepe
Atlantic Theater, December 11, 2014-January 18, 2015
“Buffini’s voice is distinctively dark yet dazzlingly funny.”-The Guardian
DYING FOR IT is the story of Semyon, a man down on his luck, married to a nag, and out of options. When he decides to throw in the towel and kill himself, a deluge of sympathetic visitors descends upon him, determined to make him a martyr for their many causes. Swept up in the firestorm of attention, Semyon does take matters into his own hands, but not quite in the fashion that everyone expects. An outrageous satire on the hypocrisy and illogic of Soviet life, this play was banned by Stalin before it ever saw the light of day, and is now regarded as an under-known 20th century classic comedy.
Oct 29–Dec 7, 2014 | New York Premiere
At the Lucille Lortel Theatre PUNK ROCK by Simon Stephens
directed by Trip Cullman
In a private school outside of Manchester, England a group of highly-articulate seventeen year-olds flirt and posture their way through the day while preparing for their A-Level mock exams. With hormones raging and minimal adult supervision, nothing can mask the underlying tension that becomes increasingly pronounced as the clock ticks towards the ultimate dismissal.
Inspired by playwright Simon Stephens’ (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Harper Regan) own experiences as a teacher, Punk Rock is an unnerving chronicle of contemporary adolescence at the breaking point.
Douglas Smith, David Greenspan, Annie Funke and Noah Robbins will star in the New York premiere of Punk Rock, a new work by Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time playwright Simon Stephens, which will be produced by MCC Theater this fall. Trip Cullman directs the run that will begin previews Oct. 29. An official opening has been set for Nov. 17 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. The run is scheduled through Dec. 7.