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Armenian Public Radio
Poetry Reading and Book Signing
with Playwright and Poet Dan O'Brien
April 09, 2017

Join us for this free event. Playwright and Poet, Dan O'Brien, presents selections from his recently publshed collection Scarsdale, a companion to the play The House in Scarsdale, opening on the Main Stage May 6th.

This poetry reading will also feature selections from The House in Scarsdale, presented by actors Tim Cummings and Brian Henderson, who are starring in the world premiere production.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are highly recommended by clicking on the button below.

Event begins at 7pm.

Copies of the book will be available for sale the night of the event for $20.

| praise for Scarsdale |

Dan O’Brien has found what Frost once called “the sound of sense,” has caught the language of people, stripped that language to its bare bones, rattled those bones in ways that make a wrenching but beautiful music. Moving through his American childhood into adulthood, through a wide world shattered by broken people, he finds redemption everywhere, and it’s a gift to his readers. O’Brien supplies the satisfactions of a rare imagination at work, a poet who has taken risks, exposing his deep anxieties, finding himself again and again. — Jay Parini

Dan O’Brien’s direct and sometimes stark but never simplistic poems explore the difficult complexities of boyhood, and growing up, and growing older. The painful loveliness of O’Brien’s language reveals the confusions and aspirations of the self, and the self among others, and the perilous world beyond the self.  — Lawrence Raab

Dan O’Brien is one of our keenest observers of domestic life. From the grass growing greener next door, to the wildlife that haunts vacation spots, even down to the knot in a boy’s tie, this book is generously affectionate yet sharply alert to both the details and dramas in family life. Not for nothing can the word “scar” be found in the title Scarsdale, but as this fine poet shows, we can bear the past bravely and come away from it, as we do from his book, deeply enriched. — Don Share

Dan O’Brien’s poems are powerful and stripped down, but they expand along the mind long after they’ve been read. As in War Reporter, O’Brien captures the reflective gentleness that exists amid the damage of experience, and survives it. — Patrick McGuinness


Dan O’Brien is a 2015-16 Guggenheim Fellow in Drama & Performance Art. His play The Body of an American, winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, as well as the Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play, the PEN Center USA Award for Drama, and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award, was produced off-Broadway in 2016 at the Cherry Lane Theatre by Primary Stages, in London at the Gate Theatre, and around the US in recent years at the Wilma Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Theatre J, and Stage Left Theatre. His other plays have been produced at theaters including Second Stage Theatre, The Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Page 73 Productions, Geva Theatre Center, and elsewhere. O'Brien is currently under commission from Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles to write a play about Syria and Hollywood, an American Revolutions joint-commission from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Public Theater on the history of guns in America, and a commission from Portland Center Stage. Dan O’Brien: Plays One is forthcoming from Oberon in the UK in 2017. O’Brien’s three collections of poetry, published in the US and the UK, are War Reporter (winner of the UK’s Fenton-Aldeburgh Prize), Scarsdale, and New Life. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actor and writer Jessica St. Clair, and their daughter Isobel.

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