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Grove Goddess Productions

The Portable Dorothy Parker

By Annie Lux

Directed by Lee Costello Performed by Margot Avery

Ages: 14+ Ages     Price: $20
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The year is 1943; the place, a hotel apartment in New York City. Dorothy Parker—famed for her wit and her presence at the legendary Algonquin Round Table—is on the war path. Viking Press is about to publish a collection of Dorothy’s poems and short stories, and Dorothy must make the selections. Now. An editor is about to show up at her door. Even worse, a young woman editor. They could have at least sent a man, preferably a good-looking young one. But of course all the men worth their salt are off fighting the Germans or Japanese, including Dottie’s husband, Alan Campbell. 

As Dorothy sorts through her works, she reminisces about her life: her famous friends (Lillian Hellman, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and, especially, Ernest Hemingway), the wits of the Round Table (Alexander Woollcott, Robert Benchley, George S. Kaufman…), the founding of The New Yorker, and her many loves and heartbreaks. Has it all been worth it? Has she made her mark as a writer, or is she merely “clever”?

Doors open/cash bar one hour before the show starts!

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