to Pay Tribute to Wendy Wasserstein '71
March 10, and Saturday, March 11, the Mount Holyoke Department
of Theatre Arts will pay tribute
to Wendy Wasserstein '71 with a staged
reading of her play Uncommon Women and Others. Wasserstein,
whose works portrayed the challenging and complex lives of contemporary
women, died on January 30 of lymphoma. The performances will
take place at 8:00 pm in the College’s Rooke Theatre and
will be directed by Paula Alekson '90, visiting instructor in
theatre arts. There will be a reception after Friday's performance
in the Rooke Theatre lobby.
Women and Others was Wasserstein's
first major success as a playwright, written in 1977 about a
reunion of a group of
Mount Holyoke graduates struggling to find their place in the world.
The off-Broadway performance featured Glenn Close, Swoosie Kurtz,
and Jill Eikenberry and was later adapted for public television,
with Meryl Streep playing Close's role.
"We think that there is no better way to mourn the loss
of our own uncommon woman, Wendy Wasserstein, than to celebrate
her life and
work in a reading of her homage to Mount Holyoke, Uncommon
Women and Others," Alekson said.
There is no
admission charge for the event, but reservations are required.
Reservations can be
made by calling
the theatre box office at x2406.
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