Ruby Wax in conversation with Carrie Fisher

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ruby Wax in conversation with Carrie Fisher

Sane New World: 
A User’s Guide to the Normal-Crazy Mind

The Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404

$20 General Admission seats
$34 Reserved Seats & includes Ruby Wax’ book
* a book signing follows the talk.

“I love this book more than I love Ruby.  And that’s saying quite a bit…in a loud, funny voice.  Yes…I love this book. And I know books. And I know love. And Ruby’s book is both.”— Carrie Fisher

“We know so little about how our minds work,” says Ruby Wax.  “It’s like having a Ferrari on top of your shoulders but no one gave you the keys.”  

Ruby Wax arrived in Great Britain from the U.S. in 1977 and began her acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company. After 25 years writing and performing in her own widely popular television shows on the BBC, and serving as Script Editor for the entire run of the hit series Absolutely Fabulous, Wax is now deploying humor to spread the word about neuroscience, rewiring our thoughts to find calm in a frenetic world, and how to survive the 21st century.

Wax earned a master’s degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy from Oxford, becoming an advocate and activist—successfully petitioning Parliament and Downing Street to change the laws around discrimination and mental health.

Her book, Sane New World, zoomed to the top of the bestseller list in her adopted homeland of England, and is soon to be published in the US.  Nearly 1.5 million people have seen Ruby’s TED talk.  Visit her website.

Join us as she takes to our stage for a lively conversation with her friend, the actress and writer Carrie Fisher.   

Carrie Fisher, actress, writer and daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher made her film debut in Shampoo and went on to star as the iconic Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy.  She has appeared in the films When Harry Met Sally, Hannah and Her Sisters and The Blues Brothers, to name a few.  Television credits include Sex and the City, The Big Bang Theory and 30 Rock, for which she received an Emmy nomination. 

Fisher’s bestselling novel, Postcards from the Edge, netted her the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel.  Fisher penned the Postcards screenplay for the Oscar-nominated film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep. Three novels and two memoirs have followed: Delusions of Grandma, Surrender the Pink, The Best Awful, Wishful Drinking and Shockaholic.  Fisher performed her one-woman stage version of Wishful Drinking on Broadway, which went on to be filmed for HBO and nominated for an Emmy Award.

Fisher will reprise her role of Princess Leia in the much anticipated Star Wars, Episode VII. Visit her website.




January 23 — An Evening with Tim Robbins in conversation with Marc Maron

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

An Evening with Tim Robbins
in conversation with Marc Maron
discussing his acting career, music and 30 years of the Actors’ Gang

The Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA

$20 General Admission
$95 includes reserved seating + pre-event reception
(Proceeds from this event support The Actors’ Gang, celebrating 30 years.)

Academy Award-winning Tim Robbins ranks among contemporary cinema’s most acclaimed and provocative voices; a multifaceted talent, he has proved so adept at wearing the various hats of actor, writer, and director; and he is also a musician. Born in West Covina, California, but raised in New York City, Tim Robbins is the son of former The Highwaymen singer Gil Robbins and actress Mary Robbins. Robbins studied drama at UCLA, where he graduated with honors in 1981. That same year, he formed The Actors’ Gang theater group, an experimental ensemble that expressed radical political observations through the European avant-garde form of theater. After appearing in television series (Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere), he started film work in television movies in 1983 (Toy Soldiers, Fraternity Vacation), but hit the big time in 1988 with his portrayal of dimwitted fastball pitcher “Nuke” Laloosh in Bull Durham (1988). Tall with baby-faced looks, he has played the naive and obtuse (Cadillac Man (1990) and The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)) or slick and shrewd (The Player (1992) and Bob Roberts (1992)), a mock-documentary brutally parodying right-wing politics, for which he wrote, directed, starred, and performed the music.

Dead Man Walking, a gut-wrenching examination of the death penalty, earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Director and he was nominated for The Shawshank Redemption.  His performance in Mystic River won him an Oscar.

Other acting and directing credits include: Short Cuts, Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter),  Nothing to Lose, Cradle Will Rock, Arlington Road,  High Fidelity, AntiTrust, Mission to Mars, Human Nature,  Code 46, Zathura, War of the Worlds, Catch a Fire. He directed the television movie, Possible Side Effects, and episodes of the popular HBO series Treme.  In 2010, Tim Robbins and the Rogue’s Gallery Band released their self-titled debut album.

For over fifteen years, Marc Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy for print, stage, radio and television.  He has appeared on HBO, Conan, Letterman, Craig Ferguson, Real Time, The Green Room, two Comedy Central Presents specials and almost every show that allows comics to perform. He has appeared on Conan O’Brien more than any other comedian (a record 47 times and counting).  Marc’s book based on his solo show is The Jerusalem Syndrome: My Life as a Reluctant Messiah. He is currently writing his memoir to be released in 2013. His first three CDs, Not Sold Out, Tickets Still Available and Final Engagement are comedy cult classics while his newest album, This Has To Be Funny (Comedy Central Records), which was recorded live in Brooklyn, was named #1 Comedy Album of 2011 by and named in The Onion’s Best Comedy Albums of 2011.

His podcast WTF with Marc Maron, featuring compelling monologues and in-depth interviews with personalities such as Conan O’Brien, Louis CK, Robin Williams, Anthony Bourdain, Judd Apatow and Ben Stiller, premiered in September 2009 and is a heard globally with over 53 million downloads and counting. The show regularly hits #1 on the iTunes charts, was named the #1 Comedy Podcast by LA Weekly, and has been called a “must-listen” by Vanity Fair and The New York Times, among many others.  Select WTF episodes began airing on public radio stations across the US in June 2010.

Maron’s half hour scripted series MARON (working title) was picked up by IFC for ten episodes. Marc is included in TIME magazine’s 100 Poll of the Most Influential People 2012.  He was nominated for two Comedy Central 2012 Comedy Awards:  Best Comedy Podcast (won) and Best Comedy App. He also travels the world performing sold out stand up shows as well as Live WTF stage shows, and was given the honor of delivering the Keynote Address at the 2011 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.

The Actors’ Gang performs socially minded, live theater that addresses society through a prism of satire, popular culture and raucous stagecraft. Gang productions strive first to entertain while addressing society’s most pressing issues – war, the death penalty, racism, classism, etc. Because it’s live theater, the performances offer a shared experience that inspires discourse among people whose paths might otherwise never cross around topics that might otherwise never be discussed.

The Gang’s work extends far beyond the four walls of its theater at Culver City’s historic Ivy Substation. Through groundbreaking education and outreach programs, Actors’ Gang company members offer training and workshops that empower positive social change among at-risk youth, gangs, and the incarcerated.