Here’s a chance for you to win a signed poster from one of or events. We partner with artists to create great collectible posters from some of our events. It’s real simple to enter our contest. We will have eight winners. We will randomly pick four from folks who LIKE us on Facebook, and all new LIKEs as of this posting will be eligible for the other four posters. And you get to take your pick of which signed poster you would like. All posters are signed by the participants in the Live Talks events — Tina Fey & Steve Martin; Jane Lynch & Adam Scott; Hal Holbrook & Robert Patrick and John Lithgow. It’s LIKE, that easy. Contest runs ends Oct 31. Do it now. The Tina Fey one was designed by Beverly Laxa, and the others were designed by our friends at The Half and Half. Enjoy the posters:
An excerpt from the review on Lithgow’s book:
“Drama” is a brisk book, packed with funny stories. Lithgow returns to America from a Fulbright grant in London as “an insufferable Shakespeare snob” with a British accent. “Wot acksnt?” he asks when called on it. After he botches the job as curtain puller for Marcel Marceau, “predictably, the famous mime said nothing.” Especially entertaining are the stories of Lithgow’s encounter with an amorous dog while trying to impress a powerful casting director, his micromanagement of a costume for his third-grade production of “The Sleeping Beauty” and a catalog of the devious scene-stealing tricks of an older co-star named “Rock Masters.” (Masters and other anonymous figures in this book are delightfully easy to unmask through a little online sleuthing.)
We host John Lithgow on October 6 at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Ticket info here. He’ll be in conversation with Geoff Boucher of the Los Angeles Times. Excerpts from review and interviews with Lithgow follow…
From the Wall Street Journal:
Why did you decide to write a memoir?
In fact, there was another stage, the first thing that happened was the solo show. The experience was so intense and so important to me and it was all involved with the telling of a fantastically funny story. That’s the ironic thing. Reading P.G. Wodehouse to my father. So I did the solo show, which was very autobiographical, and it was only then at the suggestion of other people, that I had the impulse to write the memoir. I had never had the courage to write that frankly about myself and communicate it to people, and it really reached them, and it really moved them, and I thought well, yes, I think I can do this. That was three years ago, and there have been many moments in the intervening time when I thought nope, I can’t do it. [laughs]
From the New York Times:
John Lithgow is probably best known for playing oddballs and weirdos: a psychotic physicist in “Buckaroo Banzai,” an extraterrestrial college professor on the long-running sitcom “3rd Rock From the Sun” and most recently the creepy serial killer Arthur Mitchell in the Showtime series “Dexter.” With his big, almost hulking frame and long, quizzical-looking face, Mr. Lithgow on screen or onstage effortlessly manages to seem like a panic-stricken creature imprisoned in the wrong body.
But in person Mr. Lithgow, who has an equally long résumé of conventional characters and a sideline in making recordings for children, is disappointingly normal. His new memoir, “Drama: An Actor’s Education,” which comes out Tuesday, recounts in graceful, considered prose a life that after a few wrong turns is now happier and more well adjusted than most.
You mention that winning a Tony was one of the proudest moments of your life but then go on to say, “acceptance speeches are generally a graceless cavalcade of pomposity, crocodile tears and egregious false modesty.” Did you have anyone in mind?
Of course. But I’m not going to tell you! Mainly myself. Early on, I was very ponderous about accepting awards and I became more lighthearted about it the more awards that I won. But they’re very emotional moments, no question about it. Actors, it’s our reflex — we make a big scene out of everything. Particularly theater actors. The Tony awards always strike me as akin to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Everybody’s full of helium.
Your father, Arthur Lithgow, was a great theater impresario, particularly noted for his Shakespeare festivals in the 1950s. He supported your career in various ways, giving you your first parts. But in the book he seems at times critically distant, not commenting — good or bad — on your performances. What did he think of you as an actor?
He was once interviewed about me for an A&E “Biography,” and he talked about my acting in ways that he had never spoken to me. It’s very typical. We’ll say things to millions of people that we would never say to the people very closest to us. But he talked about the opening of “M. Butterfly,” when I was alone on the stage looking out at the audience and just grabbing their attention in what he described as a very uncanny way. I thought, My God, my father never said any of that to me. Isn’t that life?
Thursday, October 6, 2011
8pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)
An Evening with John Lithgow
1328 Montana Avenue (at 14th Street)
Santa Monica, CA
Winner of five Emmys, two Tonys, two Golden Globes, and a two-time Oscar nominee, John Lithgow is one of the most acclaimed and beloved actors of our time. Equally adept at comedy and drama, stage and screen, the versatile Lithgow is also a noted storyteller, with eight children’s books, including six New York Times bestsellers, on his impressive resume. Now, with DRAMA: An Actor’s Education, Lithgow shares his own story, reflecting on how his childhood and early career shaped his identity and his craft.
Lithgow was inspired to write this autobiography during a difficult time, as he nursed his dying father and eased the old man’s final days through storytelling. Arthur Lithgow was an actor, director, producer, and great lover of Shakespeare, who colored John’s unconventional childhood with exuberant theatricality. At its core, DRAMA is a tribute to this most important relationship and influence. With wit and candor, Lithgow recalls his peripatetic youth, as his close-knit family moved around the country in the wake of Arthur’s theatrical pursuits. Making the fateful decision to pursue a life as an actor while at Harvard, young John was soon immersed in the theatre worlds of New York and London, collaborating with the likes of Mike Nichols, Bob Fosse, Liv Ullmann, Meryl Streep, and Brian DePalma.
“A memoir as finely crafted as one of John’s performances. He tells of transgressions, indiscretions, and tabloid-worthy affairs that my PR people could only have wished for. An exciting and revealing book, and what’s more, it’s about ACTING!”–Steve Martin
Lithgow will be interviewed by Geoff Boucher, who writes for the Los Angeles Times and is a frequent interviewer for American Cinematheque.
$25 Live Talks Los Angeles with John Lithgow, 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm)
$45 also includes Lithgow’s book
$95 includes pre-event reception (6:30-7:30pm), and the book
$32 Purchase signed book (includes tax and shipping to anywhere in the US)
Aero Theatre (Directions)
1328 Montana Avenue (at 14th Street)
Santa Monica, CA 90403