The Plays and Essays of Wallace Shawn

Posted by The G on November 23, 2010 under G Reviews | Comments are off for this article

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Mary-Louise Parker and Wallace Shawn

On November 22, 2010, I attended “The Plays and Essays of Wallace Shawn” at the Proshansky Auditorium in New York.  Both the author and his friends read from his work and it was highly entertaining.  “My Dinner With Andre” is a highly recommended film that gives you a peak into the writing style of Wallace Shawn, if you are not familiar with his body of work.

The “set list” for the program was:

“Aesthetic Preferences” from Essays (read by Fran Lebowitz)

“Why I Call Myself a Socialist” from Essays (read by Mary-Louise Parker and Mark Strand)

The Designated Mourner (read by Deborah Eisenberg and Josh Hamilton)

Aunt Dan and Lemon (read by Emily McDonnell)

The Fever (read by Bob Balahan and Julianne Moore)

“The Quest for Superiority” from Essays (read by Peter Carey and Wallace Shawn)

Grasses of a Thousand Colors (read by Sakina Jaffrey, Frank Whaley, Deborah Eisenberg and Emily McDonald)

“After the Destruction of the World Trade Center” from Essays (read by Wallace Shawn).

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