A Conversation With Armistead Maupin Comes to New Repertory Theatre

A Conversation With Armistead Maupin Comes to New Repertory TheatreNew Repertory Theatre presents A Conversation with Armistead Maupin, Monday, February 12, 2018 at 7:30pm in the MainStage Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. Tickets are $50 for reserved admission. Special VIP tickets are available for $100 which includes a private reception at Branch Line with Mr. Maupin. Following the talk, local non-profit More Than Words will host a book signing with Mr. Maupin, with copies of his books available for purchase.

"Armistead Maupin's works have stood the test of time and influenced a generation of people yearning to hear voices in fiction that were more like their own," says Artistic Director, Jim Petosa. "His iconic Tales of the City series was a groundbreaking work, speaking to the changing face of America during the 1970s and 1980s. His work since then has been prolific, expanding beyond his original book series to include television, movies, and LBGT activism. New Rep is pleased to welcome Mr. Maupin as he discusses his newest work, a memoir titled Logical Family."

About A CONVERSATION WITH Armistead Maupin

Our New Rep Presents series continues the conversations we explore during our season, expanding the discussion and delving into topics that have become the cornerstone of the New Rep experience. Mr. Maupin's visit coincides with our production of Steven Dietz's Lonely Planet, a humorous and touching play about friendship, loss, and hope set during the height of the AIDS epidemic in America. Hear him talk about creating his iconic series, Tales of the City, and his new book, a memoir titled Logical Family.

Launched in 1976 as a groundbreaking serial in the San Francisco Chronicle, Armistead Maupin's iconic Tales of the City series has since blazed its own trail through popular culture - from a sequence of globally bestselling novels, to a Peabody Award-winning television miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney, to an ambitious new musical that had its world premiere at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater in 2011.

In 1997 Maupin received the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle of New York. In 2002 he was honored with the Trevor Project's Life Award "for his efforts in saving young lives." Maupin was the first recipient of Litquake's Barbary Coast Award for his literary contribution to San Francisco. In 2012 he was awarded Lambda's Pioneer Award which is bestowed on individuals who have broken new ground in the field of LGBT literature and publishing. In 2014 he received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He also received the Visionary Award from the 2014 Outfest Legacy Awards for his collected novels and their "...diverse, interconnected community of San Francisco bohemians - which shaped our collective fantasy of what LGBT life is and could be...." Maupin is the subject of a new documentary titled Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin. He lives with his husband, Christopher Turner, a photographer.

Louise Kennedy (moderator) is a veteran Boston arts journalist and is a regular contributor to The ARTery, WBUR's multimedia home for arts and culture. Previously, as senior producer for arts engagement, she worked to broaden and deepen WBUR's connections with artists, audiences and arts organizations in Boston and beyond. She also launched and led Edify, WBUR's home for education coverage, and founded the station's department of community engagement. Before joining WBUR, Louise was a longtime editor and writer at The Boston Globe, most recently as theater critic.

About New Repertory Theatre

New Repertory Theatre is the award-winning, professional theatre company in residence at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. For over 30 years, New Rep has been a leader of self-produced theatre in greater Boston, producing contemporary and classic dramas, comedies, and musicals in both the 340-seat MainStage Theater and the 90-seat BlackBox Theater. Annually, New Rep serves over 40,000 patrons, including 2,000 season subscribers. In addition to its mainstage productions, New Rep produces Next Voices, a program dedicated to developing new plays with playwrights through staged readings and world premiere production. Under its Lifelong Enrichment Arts Programs (LEAP), New Rep also produces its Classic Repertory Company, Page To Stage, Insider Experiences, and Spotlight Symposium Series.

A CONVERSATION WITH Armistead Maupin at a glance

Company: New Repertory Theatre

Artistic Director: Jim Petosa

Managing Director: Harriet Sheets

Event: A Conversation with Armistead Maupin

Venue: MainStage Theater | Mosesian Center for the Arts

321 Arsenal Street | Watertown, MA 02472

VIP Reception | Branch Line
321 Arsenal Street | Watertown, MA 02472
(located at the rear of the building)

Date: Monday, February 12, 2018, 7:30pm

Tickets: $50 Reserved Admission. $100 VIP Reception.
Telephone: 617-923-8487, Online:

In Person: 12pm to 5pm, Tues-Sun
Mosesian Center for the Arts

321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Parking: Free, six-level parking garage next to the

Mosesian Center for the Arts

Public Transportation: #70 or #70A bus to the School Street stop from

Central Square Station, Red Line

Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible, T-Coil/Hearing Loop,

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