Wellesley Summer Theatre Co. to Host Celebration of Wendy Wasserstein’s Life

For immediate release:
May 11, 2006
Nora Hussey

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- A celebration of the life and work of playwright Wendy Wasserstein will take place on Tuesday, June 6, at 7 pm in the Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre in Alumnae Hall on the Wellesley College campus. It will feature a brief panel discussion on the impact of her work on writers, directors and actors followed by readings from her work. Members of the Boston theatre community including Michael Nash from Boston Conservatory and David Miller from Zeitgest Theatre will join other actors and directors in celebrating the life of this extraordinary woman.

“In talking to people about this event, I was struck over and over by the power not only of the writing that Wendy did, but her personal effect on those fortunate enough to meet and work closely with her,” said Nora Hussey, director of the Theatre Program at Wellesley College and artistic director of Wellesley Summer Theatre Company. “She had the gift of extraordinary talent married to a sweet and generous nature. She encouraged and emboldened artists of every ilk. Her legacy is not only that of an important and forceful American writer but an exemplary human being.”

Hussey welcomes inquiries and ideas about the celebration.

“The program planning is fluid now as we determine the best and most joyous way to remember this amazing woman,” she said. “We plan to film the event and send it on to her daughter in New York so that she will know the impact her mother had in many areas of the theatre world.”

The celebration and reception to follow and is free and open to the public. Those who wish to participate or attend should contact Hussey at nhussey@wellesley.edu or call 781-283-2029.