This New Rep Presents event will feature Mr. Maupin speaking about his memoir as it relates to the theme of our production of Steven Dietz’s Lonely Planet.
Tickets are $50 for reserved admission. Special VIP tickets available for $100 which includes a private reception with Mr. Maupin.
At 7:30pm in the MainStage Theater, we will hear from Mr. Maupin about his life and career.
6:00pm: Pre-show reception with a cash bar at Branch Line Restaurant with Armistead Maupin for VIP ticket holders
7:30pm – A Conversation with Armistead Maupin in the MainStage Theatre
Post-conversation – book signing hosted by More Than Words
Launched in 1976 as a groundbreaking serial in the San Francisco Chronicle, Armistead Maupin’s iconic Tales of the City series has since blazed its own trail through popular culture – from a sequence of globally bestselling novels, to a Peabody Award-winning television miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney, to an ambitious new musical that had its world premiere at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater in 2011. His new book is a memoir titled Logical Family (October 2017) which grew out of his critically acclaimed one-man show of the same name.
In 1997 Maupin received the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle of New York. In 2002 he was honored with the Trevor Project’s Life Award “for his efforts in saving young lives.” Maupin was the first recipient of Litquake’s Barbary Coast Award for his literary contribution to San Francisco. In 2012 he was awarded Lambda’s Pioneer Award which is bestowed on individuals who have broken new ground in the field of LGBT literature and publishing. In 2014 he received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He also received the Visionary Award from the 2014 Outfest Legacy Awards for his collected novels and their “…diverse, interconnected community of San Francisco bohemians — which shaped our collective fantasy of what LGBT life is and could be….” Maupin is the subject of a new documentary titled Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin. He lives with his husband, Christopher Turner, a photographer.
Veteran Boston arts journalist Louise Kennedy is a regular contributor to The ARTery, WBUR’s multimedia home for arts and culture. Previously, as senior producer for arts engagement, she worked to broaden and deepen WBUR’s connections with artists, audiences and arts organizations in Boston and beyond. She also launched and led Edify, WBUR’s home for education coverage, and founded the station’s department of community engagement. Before joining WBUR, Louise was a longtime editor and writer at The Boston Globe, most recently as theater critic.
Special thanks to event sponsors More Than Words, Branch Line Restaurant, and Residence Inn by Marriott Watertown.