Words To Live By - An Evening With Dorothy Parker
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 12:24AM
Mary Bennett



Words To Live By - An Evening With Dorothy Parker


Featuring Mary Bennett

Opening Performance - The Ballad Of Frankee & Matilde

Featuring Carrie Lynn & Lyndsey Langsdale

8 PM SHOWS:  MARCH 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 22A*, 23, 24, 25, 2017

2 PM MATINEES: MARCH 12**, 19** (SUN) MARCH 25** (SAT)

*Artist Night $10 - ALL Tickets $10

**Followed by a talkback

Playing at:  Brüka Theatre 99 N. Virginia Street Reno, NV  89501 

 Reno, NV.  This one-woman show, based on the works and life of Dorothy Parker is created and performed by theatre artist Mary Bennett.   The show weaves a collage of dramatic devices and literary slights of hand to lure the audience into a world imagined by Dorothy Parker, THE 1920's writer, wit and critic.  The show won "Best of" at The San Francisco Fringe Festival and enjoyed a successful extended run at the Exit Theatre and other theatres through out the west coast. 

 Reviews from Bennett’s Dorothy Parker:

"We all know Dorothy Parker's material is great, but to have an excellent actress act it out only makes it a thousand times better!"

 "Hilarious - Hard to leave."

"Excellent.  Got to the essence of the intellectual trapped by her own personal feelings." 

Opening for “Words To Live By” - The Ballad Of Frankee & Matilde created and featuring Carrie Lynn & Lyndsey Langsdale.  Inspired by music from the 1966 French film “A Man and a Woman,” The Ballad of Frankee and Matilde may appear at first glance to be a simple love story, two lost and awkward souls finding each other and being carried away by new and sudden infatuation. But at it’s core, the tale of these two lovers is about the battle between novelty and nuance and the invisible mechanism that both pushes us away from and pulls us nearer to those we love the most in this world. 

Words To Live opens with a post-show opening night champagne reception and appetizers from the Wild River Grille on March 10, 2017. The show runs weekly Thursday through Sunday through March 25, 2017. Evening shows begin at 8:00 pm (Artist night is Wednesday March 22, 2017. ALL TICKETS are $10 for Artist Night.) There are two Sunday matinees on March 12 and 19 and one Saturday matinee on March 25th.  All matinees begin at 2:00 PM.  EACH matinee is followed by a talk back with the company and our audience.  The doors open a half an hour before curtain time. Suggested for ages 14 and up.

Season Tickets for our 2016/17 Season are now on sale.  Reservations are available through our box office at (775) 323-3221. Individual tickets are $20 for general $18 for students, seniors and military and all tickets are $25 at the door. Reservations are also available at the Melting Pot World Emporium @ their new location: 1049 S. Virginia Street,  Reno. We validate convenient parking at the Parking Gallery on First and Sierra Street.  Check us out at www.bruka.org.  Season Tickets and Gift Certificates are on sale.  Online tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com

In its 24th season in downtown Reno, Brüka has been named “Best Theatre Company” by The News and Review nineteen years running.  Brüka Theatre is a leader in the region, recognized for its productions, artists and theatre for children series since it’s founding in 1992. Central to Brüka is the commitment to the reinvestigation of contemporary and classic plays and developing new plays within Brüka’s Artistic Collective, which include winners of the Nevada Arts Council and Sierra Arts Foundation artist grants and 9 local best actor honors.  Brüka is a non- equity and not-for-profit theater TCG small professional company that has produced over 100 shows in our downtown Reno location. Sign up for our email newsletter by going to our website at www.bruka.org.


Dorothy Parker.  August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967.  Dorothy Parker's reputation as a writer has rested uneasily in the hands of literary critics and biographers. She was one of the few female members of the Algonquin Round Table, a daily gathering of New York writers and performers who exchanged barbs over lunch and bootleg cocktails in the 1920s. Her poetry, fiction, and play reviews graced the pages of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Life, The Smart Set, Ainslee's, and The New Yorker, as well as a number of women's magazines. Parker offers a witty and often acerbic assessment of human affairs -- whether they concern romantic love, the family, war, racism, self-deception, economic disparity, or the intersection of these issues. She has been called a period writer, a humorist, and a (pejoratively speaking) sentimentalist. Yet her work remains in print, a testament to the relevance of her vision.  (Rhonda Pettit - http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/m_r/parker/bio.htm)




Mary Bennett is a West Coast Theatre Artist who has created a significant amount of theatre projects as a solo artist, founder of Renaissance Projects and currently Producing Artistic Director at Brüka Theatre.  Voted "Best Actor" in Reno by News and Review eight times, her training experiences have included:  American Conservatory Theatre – San Francisco, Bay Area Theatre Sports, Dell Arte’ International Theatre Company (Northern California & Bali, Indonesia), New York Stage & Film at Vassar College, The B Street Theatre and The Kennedy Center as a teaching artist.  Mary is currently the Producing Director of Brüka Theatre in Reno and divides her time between Producing/Acting/Directing and working as an theatre Artist in Residence throughout the West Coast teaching improvisation, movement, theatre and mask.  Mary has created her own solo shows including Dorothy Parker … Shivering and Sighing incorporating the life, short stories and poetry of Dorothy Parker which won “Best of” The San Francisco Fringe Festival. Mary has played Shirley Valentine for Brüka Theatre.  Mary has received numerous grants, 2 Artist Grants for her theatre work from The Sierra Arts Foundation and was twice runner up in the Nevada Arts Council Fellowship.




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