ABOUT ALICE

“Sometimes we come across a piece of first-person writing that shocks us back into a restorative innocence vis-à-vis the human heart.” - The New York Times

ABOUT ALICE

A new two-character play inspired by Calvin Trillin’s memoir of the same title
 
By CALVIN TRILLIN
Featuring JESSICA HECHT as Alice
Directed by LEONARD FOGLIA
 
WORLD PREMIERE

JANUARY 8 – FEBRUARY 3, 2019

Casting for the Actor to play role of Calvin will be announced at a future date.

 
“Sometimes we come across a piece of first-person writing that shocks us back into a restorative innocence vis-à-vis the human heart.” 
– The New York Times on the memoir About Alice.
 

About Alice, a new two-character play, is inspired by Calvin Trillin’s best-selling memoir of the same title—a love letter to his wife, Alice, who died in 2001 at the age of 63 while awaiting a heart transplant.

The play begins with Alice’s death, goes back in time to when the couple first met and then returns to the present. In the memoir we experience Alice only through Calvin (aka Bud.) In the play, Alice is present in Calvin’s memory but she is also present as an independent character –a character who says of how she appears in Bud’s writing, “Someone once said, ‘They’re like Burns and Allen, except that she’s George and he’s Gracie.’” Calvin sees her through the eyes of a humorist (“She believed that if your child is in a school play and you don’t go to every performance, the county will come and take the child”) and through the eyes of a husband whose writing leads a reader to remark, “I sometimes look at my boyfriend and think, ‘But will he love me like Calvin loves Alice?” Though About Alice incorporates some of the actual words of Alice and Calvin Trillin, the play goes beyond literal representation and expresses a universal story. 

About Alice features Jessica Hecht (seen most recently in Joshua Harmon’s Admissions, Lincoln Center) as Alice. Casting for the role of Calvin will be announced at a future date. The production will be directed by Leonard Foglia (Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes From the Field).

Calvin Trillin is an American author and journalist. His writing blends humor, journalistic detail and emotional power. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker over five decades. His 1964 An Education in Georgia about the desegregation of the University of Georgia is considered a classic of civil rights reporting. His 2011 Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin won the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Calvin Trillin

Jessica Hecht

Leonard Foglia

Photo above courtesy of Calvin Trillin