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Free Staged Reading – “A Cultivated Friendship” by John Dennis Anderson and Co-authored with Karen Vuranch

January 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Both living near Paris in the 1930s, the expatriate American novelists Edith Wharton and Louis Bromfield shared a passion for gardening even more than for writing and travel. Despite being 34 years apart in age and of conflicting political views, they cultivated a close friendship. As Wharton moved through her last years, she intrigued Bromfield with her fascination for gossip and stories of murder. Though the looming specter of another war in Europe dismayed them both, they found solace in their gardens and in their affection for each other. A CULTIVATED FRIENDSHIP dramatizes their correspondence and imagines their interactions when visiting each other’s gardens.

John Dennis Anderson, a resident of Wellfleet, is a professor emeritus at Emerson College in Boston. A native of Waco, Texas ,he has performed nationally in interactive solo performances as authors Henry James, William Faulkner, Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, and others. He has acted in “The Laramie Project” and “Casa Valentina” at the Provincetown Theater, and he read his solo play “Isherwood” last April for the Truro Playwright Collective. He is a Trustee of the Helltown Players.

The Truro Playwright Collective is a group of established, local playwrights who present staged readings of their full-length works once a month from October through March.

Funding in part by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod


January 20
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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