Performances began January 8 for Theatre for a New Audience's world-premiere production of About Alice, a new play by Calvin Trillin, inspired by his memoir of the same name. The book paints a portrait of Calvin Trillin's late wife Alice Trillin, a writer, educator, film producer, and activist who died September 11, 2001, at age 63 from complications due to treatment for lung cancer.
About Alice, directed by Leonard Foglia, is in TFANA's Polonsky Shakespeare Center where it is scheduled to play through February 3. Opening night is January 20.
“‘Show, don’t tell’ is a familiar writing class slogan. Necessarily a memoir, such as the one that inspired this play, has to be mostly ‘tell,’" says Trillin. "Part of what led me to write About Alice for the stage was that a play could be mostly ‘show’—showing Alice speaking her own words, showing Alice interacting with her husband, and, I hope, showing Alice connecting directly with the audience.”
The production stars Jeffrey Bean (The Thanksgiving Play) and Carrie Paff (Ideation at 59E59) as Calvin and Alice Trillin. The duo first worked together this past summer in a developmental workshop production of About Alice directed by Foglia at White Heron Theatre in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Calvin Trillin is an American journalist, humorist, food writer, poet, memoirist, and novelist who has published over 30 works. About Alice was commissioned and developed by Theatre for a New Audience through its Studio program. For more information visit TFANA.org.