Presented with Marin Shakespeare Co.
Thurs., August 12, 2021 • 5:30pm PT • Live • Online
In conversation with Robert Currier
From the author of Bunny—which Margaret Atwood hails as “genius”—comes a dazzling and darkly funny novel about a theater professor who is convinced staging Shakespeare’s most maligned play will remedy all that ails her—but at what cost?
Miranda Fitch’s life is a waking nightmare. The accident that ended her burgeoning acting career left her with excruciating, chronic back pain, a failed marriage, and a deepening dependence on painkillers. And now she’s on the verge of losing her job as a college theater director. Determined to put on Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, the play that promised—and cost—her everything, she faces a mutinous cast hellbent on staging Macbeth instead. Miranda sees her chance at redemption slip through her fingers.
That’s when she meets three strange benefactors who have an eerie knowledge of Miranda’s past and a tantalizing promise for her future: one where the show goes on, her rebellious students get what’s coming to them, and the invisible, doubted pain that’s kept her from the spotlight is made known.
With prose Margaret Atwood has described as “no punches pulled, no hilarities dodged...genius,” Mona Awad has concocted her most potent, subversive novel yet. All’s Well is the story of a woman at her breaking point and a formidable, piercingly funny indictment of our collective refusal to witness and believe female pain.
Mona Awad is the author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and winner of the Amazon Canada First Novel Award; and Bunny, named a Best Book of 2019 by Time, Vogue, and The New York Public Library, a finalist for the New England Book Award, and currently in development for film with Jenni Konner and New Regency Productions. She has published work in The New York Times Magazine, Time, VICE, Electric Literature, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. She begins teaching fiction fall 2020 in the MFA program at Syracuse. Awad currently lives in Boston.
Robert Currier co-founded Marin Shakespeare Company in 1989 and is its original Artistic Director. He holds a B.A. in Drama and an M.F.A. in Directing from U.C. Irvine, where he helped establish the Objective Drama Project with the legendary theatrical guru Jerzy Grotowski in the early 1980s. An actor, director, writer, and designer, Robert co-founded Encounter With the Theatre at the Woodstock Illinois Opera House (artistic home of the young Orson Welles) in 1971 and the still thriving Ukiah Players Theatre in 1977. He and MSC Managing Director Lesley Currier initiated Baja Shakespeare in Los Barriles, Mexico in 2001. Robert has directed well over 100 productions, including All’s Well That Ends Well. At Marin Shakespeare Company, he has been nominated for “Best Director” and his productions for “Best Production” numerous times by the Bay Area Critics Circle, Choice Awards, and others. His 2016 production of Othello and 1994 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream won the Bay Area Theatre Critics Award for “Best Overall Production.”
Marin Shakespeare Company’s mission is to serve as a vibrant catalyst for cultural engagement, education, and social justice to benefit the people of Marin, the San Francisco Bay Area, and beyond. They serve their greater community ON STAGE with award-winning summer performances since 1990, through EDUCATION programs that serve thousands of young people each year, and with a commitment to SOCIAL JUSTICE through Shakespeare for Social Justice programs at 14 California State Prisons and Alameda Juvenile Hall. For more information, visit www.marinshakespeare.org. Look for them on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest under the handle “marinshakes.”
Mona Awad photo by Brigitte Lacombe