Literary | Talks

Sarah Ruhl

Thu, Oct 14, 2021
  • 7PM
RUN TIME: 90min
ALL TICKETS:  $25 access only, $45 with signed book
This event will adhere to protocols developed in accordance with New York State regulations and in consultation with medical professionals for the safety of our artists, audiences, and staff. All tickets are general admission.
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Thursday October 14, 2021
Performances no longer available.
Part of Fall 2021 series Unbound

In conversation with Mary-Louise Parker

Launch of Smile: The Story of a Face
Co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore

In this intimate conversation, MacArthur “genius” and two-time Pulitzer finalist Sarah Ruhl is joined by writer-actress Mary-Louise Parker, winner of Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe awards, to celebrate the launch of Ruhl’s new memoir. In Smile: The Story of a Face, she explores her decade-long search for a cure for Bell's palsy following a high-risk pregnancy. In a series of witty and lucid meditations, Ruhl chronicles her experience as a patient, wife, working mom, and playwright. From the pain of postpartum depression to her desire for a resilient spiritual life in the face of illness, she invites us on this profound and piercing journey.

The safety of our audiences, staff, and artistic community is our top priority. All guests must show proof of vaccination at the entry points and masks must be worn at all times. Please visit BAM’s safety protocol page for the most up-to-date information.

Leadership support for BAM Access Programs provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation.

Jerome L. Greene Foundation


Programming in BAM’s Lepercq Space supported by
The Lepercq Charitable Foundation

Sarah Ruhl 

Sarah Ruhl is a playwright and writer of other things. Her 15 plays include In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), The Clean House, and Eurydice. She is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee, and MacArthur “genius” Fellowship recipient. Her plays—produced on- and off-Broadway and internationally—are widely translated, and her book 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write was a New York Times Notable Book. She teaches at Yale School of Drama and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and her three children.

Mary Lousie Parker
Mary-Louise Parker

Mary-Louise Parker is a Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe award-winning actress. Her writing has appeared in Esquire, The Riveter, Bust, and Bullet.

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