Theatre for a New Audience presents performances of “About Alice,” a play by Calvin Trillin, inspired by his 2007 memoir of the same name. The production, directed by Leonard Foglia, will run until February 3, 2019 at Polonsky Shakespeare Center. “About Alice” stars Jeffrey Bean and Carrie Paff as Calvin and Alice Trillin. A gifted writer, educator, film producer, activist on behalf of cancer patients, and muse to her husband, the humorist Calvin Trillin, Alice Trillin died on September 11, 2001, at age 63, from complications due to treatment for lung cancer. Reading condolence letters, Trillin realized that readers didn’t know Alice beyond a “sort of an admirable sitcom character” that he had created in his books and magazine pieces. Four years after her death, The New Yorker editor David Remnick suggested that Trillin consider writing about her. In 2006, The New Yorker published Trillin’s essay “Alice, Off the Page.” “About Alice,” Trillin’s 2007 memoir, developed from this essay.
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