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 - the self-contained story-within-a-story that becomes the Garp's masterpiece in The World According to Garp. Like the novel as a whole, 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, wants 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. While Grillparzer doesn't reveal what can be his full-blown ribald slice of life, it does serve as a great introduction to a true icon of American literature. If you dig deeper into his canon, get a seatbelt. It'll be worth the ride.
ABOUT OUR SUNDAY BRUNCH READINGS...
A SERIES OF LIVE, STAGED READINGS, WITH MUSIC
Exploring the ideas, themes, period of a play or the work of the playwrights in our Summer Repertory. Every reading is tailored to create an immersive environment that reflects the world of the matinée 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, these events 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 email@example.com
A Prayer for Owen Meany 2 PM
Matinée August 6