BY JOHN IRVING
12 PM, AUGUST 6
The World According to Garp established John Irving's reputation as one of the greatest writers of our time, a master of narrative and characterization that is both comic and profound.
The Pension Grillparzer is quintessentially Irving - a self-contained kernel, a story-within-a-story that would become Garp's masterpiece in The World According to Garp. Like the completed novel, it tells a vivid and engaging tale.
The Grillparzer Hotel, inhabited by odd circus performers including a bear and a frighteningly accurate teller of dreams, is desperate for a better rating to attract more tourists - and thus must undergo the scrutiny of an idiosyncratic family of inspectors for the Austrian Tourist Bureau.
The Pension Grillparzer has magic and mystery, and highlights Irving's love of storytelling. Stopping short of Irving's later full-blown and ribald slices of life, it serves as an ideal introduction to a true icon of American literature. If you dig deeper into his canon, get a seatbelt. It's worth the ride.
ABOUT OUR SUNDAY BRUNCH READINGS...
A SERIES OF LIVE, STAGED READINGS, WITH MUSIC
To enjoy the complete experience of our Summer Repertory Season, join us for the Sunday Brunch Reading series, an exploration of the ideas, themes, and period of a play or a playwright's work. Each of the readings is tailored to create an immersive environment that reflects the world of the matinée performance it precedes.
Enjoy a light picnic lunch, and thoughtful, lively entertainment in the grounds adjacent The Jericho Arts Centre, prior to our Sunday matinees.
Please Note: In the event of rain, this event will move indoors.
1 Hour, no interval
ETC does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Prayer for Owen Meany2 PM
Matinée August 6