Carey Perloff, Artistic Director of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, celebrates the publication of her memoir Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater
New York City Book Launch!
Join the dynamic and brilliant Carey Perloff at her only New York City event, celebrating the publication of her memoir Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater. Perloff will be interviewed by Brian Kulick, Artistic Director of the Classic Stage Company.
About the Author: Carey Perloff is the Artistic Director at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) a position she has held for over 20 years. She began her theater career in New York City when, at age twenty-seven, she was hired to run the Classic Stage Company. She saved the company from financial ruin by staging vigorous productions of unusual classics and new work with major actors, including the American premieres of Harold Pinter's Mountain Language and Tony Harrison’s Phaedra Britannica, the world premiere of Ezra Pound’s Elektra, and many others. Last fall, she directed Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink at the Roundabout Theater, now nominated for two Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Revival and Outstanding Costume Design.
About the Book: Carey Perloff, Artistic Director of San Francisco's legendary American Conservatory Theater, pens a lively and revealing memoir of her twenty-plus years at the helm, and delivers a provocative and impassioned manifesto for the role of live theater in today's technology-infused world. Perloff's personal and professional journey—her life as a woman in a male-dominated profession, as a wife and mother, a playwright, director, producer, arts advocate, and citizen in a city erupting with enormous change—is a compelling, entertaining story for anyone interested in how theater gets made. She offers a behind-the-scenes perspective, including her intimate working experiences with well-known actors, directors, and writers including Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, Robert Wilson, David Strathairn, and Olympia Dukakis. Whether reminiscing about her turbulent first years as a young woman taking over an insolvent theater in crisis and transforming it into a thriving, world-class performance space, or ruminating on the potential for its future, Perloff takes on critical questions about arts education, cultural literacy, gender disparity, leadership and power.
"Beautiful Chaos is an extraordinary journey of Carey Perloff and her theatre, ACT. Their continued evolution and ability to define and re-define themselves with courage, tenacity, and bravery allow them to confront what seem like insurmountable odds. This continues to shape and inspire Carey and those who work with her."—Olympia Dukakis, Academy Award-winning actress
"Carey Perloff's lively, outspoken memoir of adventures in running and directing theatre will be a key document in the story of playmaking in America."—Tom Stoppard, Playwright
"Carey Perloff, quite literally, raised a vibrant new theater from the rubble of an old one. This refreshingly honest account of her triumphs and misfires over the past two decades is both a fascinating read and an invaluable handbook for anyone attempting such a labor of love."—Armistead Maupin, author of Tales of the City
"Carey Perloff's marvel of a book is part memoir of a working mother, a passionate artist, a woman flourishing in a male-dominated craft- and part lavish love letter to theater. It is as lively, thoughtful, and insightful an account I have ever read about the art form. This one is for any person who has ever sat in the dark and been spellbound by the transformative power of theater."—Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner
"Carey Perloff is a veteran of the regional theatre wars. Beautiful Chaos is her vivacious account of her ambitious work commanding San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre (ACT). The book exudes Perloff's trademark brio: smart, outspoken, full of fun and ferment."—John Lahr, author of Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh
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