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Wasserstein at the Opera (and the Thanksgiving table)

Posted at 1:06 PM on November 8, 2006 by John Birge
Filed under: The blog

Interesting item below. And a reminder to Wasserstein fans that a few years ago, she was a guest on my annual Thanksgiving special, Giving Thanks. You can hear her Thanksgiving story here. It's the last segment in the first hour.

And don't forget to listen to Giving Thanks 2006, with special guests Anne Lamott and Gary Snyder! Audio will be posted in a couple weeks.

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Actresses Allison Janney and Stockard Channing will help an opera company honor the late playwright Wendy Wasserstein.

The Glimmerglass Opera of Cooperstown will be joined by Emmy winners Janney and Channing to present "An Uncommon Woman: A Celebration of Wendy Wasserstein" on Tuesday, Nov. 28 in New York City.

Wasserstein, who died in January from lymphoma at age of 55, was best-known for her award-winning plays that focused on women's issues. Her play, "The Heidi Chronicles" won the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award in 1989.

Wasserstein also wrote film scripts and penned the libretto for "The Festival of Regrets," one of three one-act operas featured in the trilogy, "Central Park." The work was commissioned by the Glimmerglass Opera and premiered in 1999.

The Nov. 28 tribute will feature readings by Channing and Janney, as well as performances by members of the Mount Holyoke Chamber Singers and alumni of Glimmerglass Opera's Young American Artists program.

The event, to be held at the Colony Club in Manhattan, will also feature a performance of songs from the musical "Pamela's First Musical," which Wasserstein adapted from her children's book of the same name.