Wendy Wasserstein is seen by many as the voice of a generation. She grew up in Brooklyn and Manhattan, was educated at Mount Holyoke College and Yale Drama School, and has become best known for her simultaneously funny and thought-provoking plays. These plays include Uncommon Women and Others, Isn't It Romantic, The Heidi Chronicles, and the major Broadway hit, The Sisters Rosensweig. The Heidi Chronicles won her a Tony Award, a Dramatists Guild Award, and a Pulitzer Prize, and she has also received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, and the Outer Critics Circle Award.
Her talents are not limited to writing plays She is also the author of a children's book, Pamela's First Musical, about a young girl's first theater experience; and Bachelor Girls, a collection of her New York Woman essays. She has even taken on the role of librettist for New York City Opera and San Francisco Opera. And she has taught at New York University, Columbia and Princeton.
This year she has published a collection of essays written over the past ten years, Shiksa Goddess: Or, How I Spent My Forties. Like her plays, they bring both humor and insight to issues of particular concern to women. The more serious topics include her late sister's breast cancer, her pregnancy at age 48, and her thoughts on theatre. Lighter topics include dieting, Manhattan real estate, and an interview with Bette Midler.
Whatever she is talking about, you know it will be a very lively evening.
Marianna Houston, an actor, playwright, and director, is currently the Education Director at Theatre Development Fund where she brings theatre and arts programming to thousands of NYC public high school students.
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This series made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Westchester Arts Council with funds from Westchester County Government, corporations and individuals and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. Additional funding provided by The Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation, The Gannett Foundation, and The Bydale Foundation..