“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
JANUARY 8 – FEBRUARY 3, 2019
About Alice, a new two-character play by Calvin Trillin, is inspired by the author’s 2007 memoir of the same title—a love letter to his wife Alice, who died in 2001 at the age of 63 due to complications from cancer.
Alice is present in Calvin’s memory and also as an independent character. Trillin observes, “Someone once said ‘They’re like Burns and Allen, except that she’s George and he’s Gracie.’” About Alice incorporates some of the actual words of Alice and Calvin Trillin, but the play goes beyond literal representation and expresses a universal story about a remarkable marriage and a woman who is a muse, mother, wife, and part of the second wave of feminism.
The production will be directed by Leonard Foglia (Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes From the Field).
Calvin Trillin—an American writer whose work blends humor, journalistic detail, and emotional power—has been a staff writer for The New Yorker over five decades, and weekly “Deadline Poet” for The Nation. 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.
Photo above courtesy of Calvin Trillin