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Joan Schenkar and Kathleen Chalfant,"The Talented Miss Highsmith"

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Episode Summary

Patricia Highsmith's dazzling, dangerous novels entered the American consciousness in classic films such as Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Join us for an evening celebrating Highsmith: Schenkar's author talk that captures Highsmith's brilliance in creating disturbing fictions, a dramatic presentation by Obie Award- winning actress Chalfant, and never-before seen photos.

Participant(s) Bio

Joan Schenkar is the author of the highly acclaimed, award-winning biography The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith; of the widely praised biography Truly Wilde: The Unsettling Story of Dolly Wilde; and of a collection of award-winning plays, Signs of Life: 6 Comedies of Menace. She lives and writes in Paris and Greenwich Village.

Kathleen Chalfant is a Tony-nominated, Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning actress. Her many credits include the Broadway hit Angels in America, the Off-Broadway Wit and Nine Armenians. Her films include Duplicity, The People Speak, The Last New Yorker, Murder and Murder, among numerous others, and the TV shows Law and Order, Rescue Me, Book of Daniel, The Guardian, and The Laramie Project, as well as numerous radio programs.