Deborah Eisenberg and Wallace Shawn: Two Readings at the Crowley Theater

Wallace Shawn/ Deborah Eisenberg: Two Readings at the Crowley Theater

The Chinati Foundation and the Marfa Book Company are proud to present two readings: Wallace Shawn will read his play The Fever on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at the Crowley Theatre, and Deborah Eisenberg will read her short story, “Your Duck is My Duck,” at the Marfa Book Company on Friday, March 1. Both readings will begin at 7:30 PM, will be followed by a book signing, and are free and open to the public.

Deborah Eisenberg is the author of the following collections of short stories: All Around Atlantis, The Stories (So Far) of Deborah Eisenberg, Under the 82nd Airborne, Transactions in a Foreign Currency, Twilight of the Super Heroes, and her most recent anthology, The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg. She is the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the Whiting Writer’s Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, as well as the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2009. Eisenberg played the role of Marie in Wallace Shawn’s Marie and Bruce at a benefit performance for the Chinati Foundation in 2001, and a staged reading of her play Pastorale was performed in Marfa in 2011. Eisenberg will re-create the role of Judy in Shawn’s The Designated Mourner at The New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre in June of this year. She is a professor of Creative Writing at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

Wallace Shawn’s writing for the stage includes The Hotel Play, Our Late Night (Obie Award), A Thought in Three Parts, Marie and Bruce, The Fever (Obie Award), The Designated Mourner, and Grasses of a Thousand Colors, which will have its American premiere at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre this fall. Shawn has adapted Machiavelli’s play The Mandrake and Brecht/Weill’s The Threepenny Opera. He co-wrote the screenplay and co-starred in My Dinner With Andre with long-time collaborator Andre Gregory. Director Jonathan Demme recently filmed Shawn’s adaptation of Ibsen’s The Master Builder. Shawn has written numerous essays, which were collected in a volume published by Haymarket Books in 2009. He is also a noted stage and screen actor, and lives in New York City.