SURVIVING MOMMIE DEAREST with Christina Crawford Set for Edgerton Center, 11/23
The Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University continues its 2013-2014 American Legend Series with Surviving Mommie Dearest - A Conversation with Christina Crawford - at The Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts on the Campus of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut on Saturday, November 23 (2013) at 8pm. The evening will include Christina Crawford, Joan Crawford's daughter, introducing her bio-pic film documentary, the showing of the documentary followed by her return to the stage for a Q&A with members of the audience hosted by Jerry Goehring, Executive Director of The Edgerton Center.
Christina Crawford is an internationally recognized, best-selling author and advocate for adoption reform, the rights of women and children, and a pioneer in making family violence an issue of national concern. The evening will open with a 45-minute film documentary based on a one-woman multimedia play written by and starring, the best-selling author Christina Crawford. In addition to featuring personal home movies and historical photos of both Joan and Christina Crawford, the documentary covers 100 years of entertainment and show business history as well as issues of social justice. The documentary is based on three of Crawford's best-selling books, "Mommie Dearest," "Survivor" and "No Safe Place."
Throughout her long career, Ms. Crawford has turned the issue of family violence into public awareness and she also offers hope and the healing process through her personal experiences. With the 20th Anniversary Edition (1998) of "Mommie Dearest," Christina Crawford became one of the only authors in publishing history to re-issue a number one best-seller.
"The new edition is published as I intended it. More than 100 pages - mostly that delve into my adult relationship with Mother - that were left out of the original version are back in," said Ms. Crawford. "I've also added eyewitness accounts from people who came forward with information after the book was initially published, a preface to reflect the whirlwind that has happened in my life since "Mommie Dearest" was first published, and an afterword on adoption reform."
When it was released in 1978, Christina Crawford's "Mommie Dearest" made an indelible impression on America's cultural landscape: it enjoyed 42 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, spawned a cult film classic based on the book, and placed the issue of family violence in the national spotlight. Today the book still stands as a catalyst for change.
Tickets to Surviving Mommie Dearest - A Conversation with Christina Crawford are $25 - General Public $15 - Senior Citizens/Faculty/Staff $10 - Students Tickets may be purchased: By Phone: Edgerton Center Box Office at 203.371.7908 (Mondays through Fridays from 12noon-4pm). In Person: at box office located in the lobby of The Edgerton Center The box office will be open 2 hours prior to the performance. Online at EdgertonCenter.org (24/7).