Conversation with Celebrated Authors Set at RVCC Theatre

The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College will present Extraordinary Women; Ordinary Lives, a conversation with celebrated authors Ilene Beckerman and Alice Eve Cohen, Tuesday, March 15 at noon. The program is part of RVCCArts’ Tuesdays with Stories series, which is recommended for audience members age 14 and older. Authors Beckerman (Love, Loss & What I Wore) and Cohen (What I Thought I Knew) come together at RVCCArts for a conversation about their work in memoir writing and the fascinating lives that have offered them source material. According to People magazine, “Ilene Beckerman’s sleek little memoir…strikes a startling chord…Unsettling and oddly powerful.” Parent & Child magazine wrote that “Cohen’s must-read memoir navigates complex mother-daughter bonds.” Following her highly successful Love, Loss & What I Wore, Beckerman published another four books and Love, Loss, and What I Wore was the inspiration for a hit off-Broadway play that broke off-Broadway records. Additionally, she has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and Ladies Home Journal, and also contributed drawings to The New Yorker. Cohen followed up her first book, What I Thought I Knew, with last year’s highly regarded The Year My Mother Came Back. Cohen, also a performer and teacher of solo theatre, recently had a collection of four of her plays, WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW and Other Plays, published by NoPassport Press. Following the program, Cohen and Beckerman will lead a writing workshop for a limited number of participants. Tickets cost $10 for the conversation with the authors and an additional $5 for writing workshop participants. To purchase tickets or to register for the workshop, call the Box Office, 908-725- 3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org. Senior citizen, student and group discounts are available for most performances. The 2015-2016 Tuesdays with Stories series is a unique way to experience great American stories. Performances include a discussion as well as light refreshments. Tickets are general admission seating. Audience members may pre-order a box lunch for $5 and have lunch at the Theatre before the noon show. Audience members also may take part in the Theatre’s book exchange in the lobby. Feel free to bring any previously read novels.