Thursday, April 30, 2015
Broadway and regional scene designer Douglas W. Schmidt will be in New York City on Thursday, April 30, to celebrate the release of a new book on his work,The Designs of Douglas W. Schmidt, at The Drama Book Shop, 250 W. 40th St.
Schmidt will participate in a Talk Back interview at 5 pm, followed by a book-signing and wine and cheese reception with the book's authors, Annie and Barry Cleveland.
The book is the latest in USITT's Designs of series on famous American theatrical designers. The Clevelands also wrote The Designs of Carrie Robbins (2011), for which Schmidt wrote the foreword.
Schmidt recently received USITT's 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award in Scene Design, presented at the organization's annual conference in Cincinnati last month.
After starting his career at Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park, Schmidt became an assistant to Ming Cho Lee in 1964, and went on to design scenery for 57 Broadway shows including Grease (1972), A Streetcar Named Desire (1973), They're Playing Our Song (1979), Porgy and Bess(1983), and Damn Yankees (1994). He has two Tony nominations, for 42nd Street (2001) and Into the Woods (2002), and three Drama Desk awards, among other accolades.
Since moving to San Francisco in 1982, he has designed sets for regional theatres including the Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, and San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, as well as opera, dance, film, and theme parks.
THE DESIGNS OF DOUGLAS W. SCHMIDT
Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Swoosie Kurtz: Reading & Signing (Free)
Swoosie Kurtz will launch the paperback release of her memoir PART SWAN, PART GOOSE
Swoosie Kurtz, award-winning theater, tv, and movie actress, reads from her memoir Part Swan, Part Goose at this paperback launch event. She will then take questions from the audience and sign copies of her book.
Admission is free. Purchasers of Part Sway, Part Goose receive priority seating.
A multiple Tony, Emmy, Obie, and Drama Desk Award winner, Swoosie Kurtz is a Broadway icon whose work also includes movies like Liar, Liar, Dangerous Liaisons, Citizen Ruth, and the television hits Sisters, Pushing Daisies and Mike & Molly.
New York Times bestselling author Joni Rodgers has collaborated on several celebrated memoirs, including A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth and My First Five Husbands…and The Ones Who Got Away by Rue McClanahan.
PART SWAN, PART GOOSE: An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work and Family by Swoosie Kurtz takes us behind the stage curtain but doesn’t live there; its heart is solidly at home. Candidly reflecting on her struggles and joys as caregiver for her mother Margo (who is approaching her hundredth birthday this Fall), while navigating the highs and lows of the entertainment industry, this memoir is deeply resonant for millions caring for aging parents; topical, timely, and entertaining as hell for readers in general. As Swoosie describes Part Swan, Part Goose, “I really wanted this to be a valentine to my parents..and a love story about a family.” Her distinctive name comes from The Swoose, the famed B-17 bomber flown by her Olympic diving medalist father, Col. Frank Kurtz, the most decorated Air Force pilot of World War II. Swoosie’s mother, Margo Rogers Kurtz is the author of the home front memoir My Rival, the Sky (Putnam, 1945). Margo’s book ends with the young couple happily anticipating the birth of a baby to be named after the indomitable Swoose. The careful weaving of Swoosie’s story with passages from her mother’s My Rival, the Sky creates a vivid portrait of the invincible mother-daughter bond between the two women. “A brave and riveting book about family, fame, theater and life. It is witty, wise, and irresistible. I loved it.” —Tom Brokaw
“I laughed and cried (sometimes at the same time) reading this extraordinary story about Swoosie and her parents and her work and her loves. Swoosie has the beautiful gift of a seasoned storyteller.” —Carol Burnett
“I’m often asked What’s Swoosie Kurtz really like? I say, warm, incredibly funny, grounded but spontaneous, irreverent but always kind, independent yet deeply rooted to her family. Swoosie has put her heart and her humor into these pages. Now, when people ask, I can say, Here, read this!” —Melissa McCarthy