As soon as she discovered that the rights for Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet were up for grabs in the midst of a phone conversation with an agent, she “ran into the office and shouted, ‘I want to do this book!”
The first time I came across one of the stories that would eventually make up Denis Johnson’s collection JESUS’ SON…it hit me with the force of a 16-ton semi truck. Like everyone else in those days, I was focused on the so-called minimalist school of writing, authors like Raymond Carver and…
Was there anything especially intriguing or challenging about a site-specific production? I was struck by the challenge of moving an audience from space to space and asking them to change rooms—there’s a small, 50-seat theater section of The Rendezvous, but there’s also a bar where action will take place. Most of the time, when people go to the theater, they sit down to watch something, so this requires a little more on their part.
Inspired by the rich history of Jamie Ford’s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, the development department invites you to explore the history of the Chinese Matchmaker: Yue Lao is the Chinese god who unites persons. As the legend goes, the matchmaker ties a red strand around two people to ensure the couple will be united—even if they were once strangers far away from each other.
Here’s a little almost-real-time diary of what Book-It’s staff and other office denizens are up to as we get ready to open Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant tonight: