An Evening with Monica Wood – Author and Playwright
On Friday, August 25 at 6 p.m., M&D Playhouse presents An Evening with Monica Wood, prior to its production of Wood’s play, Papermaker. A collaboration with One Book One Valley and White Birch Books, this unique night will offer bookworms and theatre enthusiasts an opportunity to interact with Wood and explore her work.
Since 2006, One Book One Valley has sought to strengthen community ties and promote literacy through reading, by discussing a book with a theme that resonates locally. This year, the organization has chosen Wood’s latest book, The One-in-a-Million Boy. Throughout September and October, One Book One Valley will present programs that relate to the book in some way.
To help jumpstart this year’s program, both One Book One Valley and White Birch Books will be in attendance at An Evening with Monica Wood to help promote the author and her work.
Wood, a Maine native, inherited the art of storytelling from her devout Irish Catholic family. She consistently uses the theme of family throughout her work, with “…the assumption that any combination of people can fit into a family as long as they have some shared experience.”
Papermaker, Wood’s first play, is set during a paper mill strike in a small Maine town, and follows the lives of two families colliding around a company CEO and a man building a wooden ark in his yard. Criss-crossing the lines between workers and management, Papermaker is a revealing drama about family, loyalty, and the quiet tragedies of mill-town life.
Papermaker, as directed by Rich Russo, stars Ken Martin as Ernie Donahue, Karen Gustafson as Marie Donahue, Eric Jordan as Jake Donahue, Tom Ferent as Henry John McCoy, Melissa O’Neil as Emily McCoy, and Teresa Dyer as Nancy Letourneau. It is scheduled to run Thursday through Saturday, August 24 through September 9 at 7:30 p.m.
There is no cost to attend the event, which will offer refreshments and a cash bar. However, tickets for Papermaker are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.