Susanna Salk, author of “A Privileged Life: Celebrating WASP Style,” will speak at “Books Worth Talking About,” on Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Lucille Lortel White Barn Center at Westport Country Playhouse. David Smith, of Cablevision, will moderate. The literary salon will be followed by an 8 p.m. performance of the A. R. Gurney’s “The Dining Room,” a witty and heartfelt observation of life among White Anglo-Saxon Protestants, directed by Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director.
“Books Worth Talking About,” a partnership between Westport Country Playhouse and Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc., provides an opportunity to interact with prominent authors and explore ideas and themes to enrich the theater-going experience. Topics of the literary salons and theatrical productions are designed to complement each other.
Salk will discuss the timeless fascination with America’s leisure class. She will explore the glamorous and mysterious WASP lifestyle and how it has influenced trends in the worlds of fashion, home design, and pop culture, themes that are prevalent as well in “The Dining Room.”
In addition to “A Privileged Life, Celebrating WASP Style,” Salk is the author of “Weekend Retreats” and the bestselling “Room for Children: Stylish Spaces for Sleep and Play.” Her latest book is “C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon,” the first pictorial book celebrating the iconic style of C.Z. Guest, the American author, columnist, horsewoman, fashion designer, muse, and socialite.
Salk helped launch Elle Decor magazine as interior design manager and later became a contributing editor there before ultimately going on to become special projects editor at House and Garden magazine until its closing. Today, Salk appears regularly on NBC’s “Today Show” to discuss design style for the home. She is also a contributing editor to 1stdibs.com and ivillage.com. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two boys.
David Smith (contributed photo)
Moderator David Smith is the host of Cablevision’s “Meet the Leaders,” a TV interview program talking with Connecticut leaders about local, regional and state wide issues, and hosts a similar program in New York State as well. During his more than 20 years on News12 CT, Smith was seen anchoring the news and co-hosted “The Exchange,” where he conducted over 20,000 interviews with people from around the region and the world. He also was the morning personality for over 21 year on 1350 WNLK in Norwalk, and the host of “David Smith’s Exchange,” a daily radio talk show on WICC 600.
Gurney’s “The Dining Room” is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembles daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. The action is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes—some funny, some touching, some rueful. The actors change roles, personalities, and ages as they portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids. Each vignette introduces a new set of people and events. Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes coalesce into a unique theatrical experience.
The literary salon is open to anyone with a ticket for the Tuesday, May 7 performance of “The Dining Room.” Subscribers to other performances may exchange their tickets into this evening by contacting the Playhouse box office at 203-227-4177.
Salk’s books will be available for purchase at the event from Playhouse community partner Fairfield University Bookstore.
Sponsor of the Literary Salon is Catamount Wealth Management.
Reservations for the “Books Worth Talking About” literary salon are necessary. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Playhouse box office at (203)-227-4177.
For more information or tickets to “The Dining Room,” playing April 30 through May 18, call the box office at (203) 227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Tickets are available online 24/7 at www.westportplayhouse.org. Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), view Playhouse videos on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse) or get an insider’s peek on The Playhouse Blog (www.theplayhouseblog.org).