Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 5:00pm
The Drama Book Shop, currently celebrating its 100th Anniversary Year, is pleased to welcome New York Times bestselling author Bryan Cranston for an intimate discussion about his memoir, A Life in Parts. Mr. Cranston will sit down with esteemed acting teacher Penny Templeton to chat about his moving and revealing book. The discussion will be followed by a signing. Mr. Cranston will only sign copies of the book; no memorabilia, no flash photography, and no posed photographs. The Tuesday, August 8th, 5:00pm is free and open to the public. Priority admission is granted to those who purchase a copy of Mr. Cranston's book, A Life In Parts
Bryan Cranston won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Walter White in AMC’s Breaking Bad. He holds the honor of being the first actor in a cable series, and the second lead actor in the history of the Emmy Awards, to receive three consecutive wins. In 2014 he won a Tony Award for his role as Lyndon B. Johnson in the bio-play All the Way. In film, Cranston received an Academy Award nomination for his leading role in Trumbo. Among his numerous television and film appearances, he was nominated for a Golden Globe and three Emmys for his portrayal of Hal in FOX’s Malcolm in the Middle.
With great humor, and much humility, Cranston chronicles his unlikely rise from a soap opera regular, trying to learn the ropes and the politics of show business on the fly, to a recurring spot as Tim Whatley on Seinfeld, finding himself an indelible part of popular culture. He recalls his run as the well-meaning goofball, Hal, on Malcolm in the Middle, proving to writers and fans that he was willing to do anything, anything, for a laugh, and he gives a bracing account of his challenging run on Broadway as President Lyndon Johnson, pushing himself to the limit as he prepared, physically and mentally, for a tour de force that would win him a Tony, to go along with his four Emmys. Of course, Cranston dives deep into the grittiest, most fascinating details of his greatest role, explaining how he searched inward for the personal darkness that would help him create one of the most captivating performances ever captured on screen: Walter White, chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin.
Discussing his failures as few men do, describing his work as few actors can, Cranston has much to say about innate talent, its benefits, challenges, and proper maintenance, but ultimately A Life in Parts is about the necessity and transformative power of hard work.
The Drama Book Shop, a 2011 Tony Award Honoree for Excellence in Theatre, is located at 250 West 40th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Events are free and open to the public. To learn more about upcoming events, or browse our online bookstore, please visit www.dramabookshop.com.