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Story/Teller Arts: Will Arbery and Chloé Cooper Jones with Leslie Jamison

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Wednesday, 7:00 pm EDT April 12, 2023

The Center for Fiction
& Livestreamed

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The Center for Fiction and Theatre Communications Group are thrilled to welcome playwright Will Arbery and philosopher and journalist Chloé Cooper Jones for an event celebrating the publication of Arbery’s play Heroes of the Fourth Turning and the paperback release of Jones’s Easy Beauty.

In Heroes, four young conservatives gather to toast the newly inducted pres­ident of their tiny Catholic college. Their reunion spirals into spiritual chaos and clashing generational politics, becoming less a celebration than a vicious fight to be understood. On a dark night, in the middle of America, Arbery’s haunting play speaks to the heart of a country at war with itself. The play was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and the recipient of an OBIE, a Lortel Award, and a New York Drama Critics Circle Award.

Easy Beauty weaves together memory, observation, and aesthetic philosophy with a profound examination of Jones’s experience living with a rare and painful congenital condition called sacral agenesis. It was named a best book of 2022 by the New York Times, Vulture, Time magazine, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and many other outlets.

Novelist and essayist Leslie Jamison (Make It Scream, Make It Burn) will moderate the discussion.

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In Conversation

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    Will Arbery

    Will Arbery

    Will Arbery is a playwright from Texas + Wyoming + seven sisters. Heroes of the Fourth Turning premiered at Playwrights Horizons in Fall 2019 and was a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It won the 2020 Obie Award for Playwriting, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play, and the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Playwriting Award. Arbery also won the Whiting Award for Drama in 2020. Other plays include Corsicana (Playwrights Horizons), Evanston Salt Costs Climbing (The New Group), Plano (Clubbed Thumb), and Wheelchair (3 Hole Press). He’s currently under commission from Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Audible. He’s a member/alum of New Dramatists, The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, Interstate 73, Colt Coeur, Youngblood, and Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group. His plays have been developed at Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, the Vineyard Theater, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Ojai Playwrights Conference, The Cape Cod Theatre Project, The New Group, EST/Youngblood, The Bushwick Starr, Alliance/Kendeda, and Tofte Lake Center. TV: HBO’s Succession and Irma Vep.

    Photo Credit: Zack DeZon

  • Chloe Cooper Jones (c) Andrew Grossardt - Vrinda Madan

    Chloé Cooper Jones

    Chloé Cooper Jones

    Chloé Cooper Jones is a philosophy professor, journalist, and the author of the memoir Easy Beauty, which was named a best book of 2022 by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, TIME magazine, and others. She is a contributing writer for the New York Times magazine, a Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant recipient and, in 2020, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

    Photo Credit: Andrew Grossardt

  • Leslie Jamison by Beowulf Sheehan

    Leslie Jamison

    Leslie Jamison

    Leslie Jamison is the author of The Recovering, The Empathy Exams, Make it Scream, Make it Burn, and a novel, The Gin Closet. She is a contributing writer for the New York Times magazine and teaches at Columbia University.

    Photo Credit: Beowulf Sheehan

About Theatre Communications Group

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is the national organization for theatre, with a membership network of 500+ member theatres and over 250 university, funder, trustee, and business affiliates, and over 7,000 individuals. TCG reaches over 1 million students, audience members, and theatre professionals each year through its programs and services.

TCG Books events are supported by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mellon Foundation.

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