The Dreamland Film & Performing Arts Center is hosting Page to Stage, An Author Series this season to give Nantucket authors a new platform to discuss new work, read select passages, and have a brief Q & A with the audience.
The first in the series will be held at 5 pm this Tuesday, May 31, and features John Shea interviewing John Breglio. Breglio has spent nearly 40 years working in all sectors of the entertainment industry, including theatre, motion pictures, publishing and music. As New York’s pre-eminent entertainment lawyer with an international law firm, he was instrumental in assisting his clients to produce and finance plays, musicals, and films. In 2008, Breglio retired from his law practice and since then has been producing plays, musicals and films independently. Shea will discuss with Breglio his newly published book I Wanna Be a Producer: How to Make a Killing on Broadway… or Get Killed. The book takes readers on a behind-the-scenes journey and is filled with hows and wherefores, dos and don’ts of producing on Broadway.
The five other authors participating in the series are Nancy Thayer (June 29), Nathaniel Philbrick (July 21), Elin Hilderbrand (August 2), Rob Cocuzzo (September 1), and Wendy Rouillard (October 9). Each of them (with the exception of Wendy Rouillard) will be interviewed on stage in the main theater by well-known Nantucketers, including Natalie Jacobson, John Shea and Charley Walters. Following the author presentation, Mitchell’s Book Corner will sell books by the presenting author in the Dreamland lobby. The authors will be available to sign their books.
For the younger crowd, Wendy Rouillard, author of the children’s “Barnaby” series, will present a birthday party for Barnaby over Columbus Day weekend, including a Barnaby reading, activities, decorating cupcakes, and, of course, a Barnaby appearance. Each guest will receive a gift bag. There will be two presentations on Saturday, October 9.
“Nantucket has so many terrific authors and we’re thrilled to incorporate this series into our programming at the Dreamland to learn about their newest work,” said the Dreamland’s Executive Director Joe Hale. “Even better, all of the proceeds from the Author Series will benefit our year-round Children’s Theater Education Programming.”
Ticket prices range between $20 and $35 for each event and can be purchased at the box office, 17 So. Water Street or at nantucketdreamland.org.