UCONN Torrington's LCWP to Bring Two Events to Warner Theatre, Beg. Today
The Warner Theatre will host two UCONN Torrington's Litchfield County Writers Project, "Writers in Conversation" events in the upcoming weeks.
Today, October 25, Ann Leary will discuss her latest bestselling novel,The Good House with Litchfield County journalist and novelist Lauren Lipton.
With her latest bestselling novel, The Good House, about a well-regarded real estate broker who refuses to admit to herself that she is an alcoholic, Leary confirms her well-earned reputation for writing that is smart, provocative, wickedly funny, and unblinkingly honest.
Lauren Lipton is a journalist and the author of two novels,It's About Your Husband and Mating Rituals of the North American WASP, which takes place in Litchfield County.
On Friday, November 1, author Roxana Robinson discusses her latest novel, Sparta, with UConn lecturer and poet Davyne Verstandig.
Sparta, which chronicles the experience of a young soldier struggling to adjust to civilian life after returning from Iraq, confirms Robinson's formidable talent and fearlessness in plumbing the breadth and depth of human experience. As in her previous novel, Cost (2008), which centers on a family grappling with a son's heroin addiction, Robinson captures the rawness of her characters' pain with uncommon honesty and grace.
Roxana Robinson is the author of five novels and three collections of short stories. Her work has been compared to John Cheever's by The New York Times and to Edith Wharton's by Time magazine.
Davyne Verstandig is a poet and English lecturer. She is the author of two poetry collections, and has given readings in New York City and throughout New England.
Both events will be held in the Warner's Nancy Marine Studio Theatre and are free and open to the public.
For More information about UCONN Torrington's Litchfield County Writer's Project, visit http://lcwp.uconn.edu/.
Built by Warner Brothers Studios and opened in 1931 as a movie palace (1,772 seats), the Warner Theatre was described then as "Connecticut's Most Beautiful Theatre." Damaged extensively in a flood, the Warner was slated for demolition in the early 1980s until the non-profit Northwest Connecticut Association for the Arts (NCAA) was founded and purchased the theatre. The Warner reopened as a performing arts center in 1983, and restoration of the main lobbies and auditorium was completed in November 2002. In 2008, the new 50,000 square foot Carole and Ray Neag Performing Arts Center, which houses a 300 seat studio theatre, 200 seat restaurant and expansive school for the arts, was completed. Today, the Warner is in operation year-round with more than 160 performances and 100,000 patrons passing through its doors each season. Over 10,000 students, pre K-adult, participate in arts education programs and classes. Together, with the support of the community, the Warner has raised close to $17 million to revitalize its facilities. NCAA's mission is to preserve the Warner Theatre as an historic landmark, enhance its reputation as a center of artistic excellence and a focal point of community involvement, and satisfy the diverse cultural needs of the region. To learn more about the Warner Theatre, visit the website: www.warnertheatre.org.