Join us on August 19 at 7:30 pm at CLP’s Barn theatre for a new and very exciting event, The Wonder of Words: An Evening with Jennifer Haigh and FJ Hartland. The evening will include readings by noted and celebrated author, Jennifer Haigh and playwright, FJ Hartland followed by a question and answer session with each. Prior to the 7:30 opening time, all patrons will be treated to an outdoor reception with light refreshments where they will be able to meet Ms. Haigh and Mr. Hartland. Jennifer will read from her highly acclaimed latest novel, HEAT AND LIGHT and FJ will read from his celebrated play, POSTCARDS FROM A DEAD DOG. Signed books will also be available for purchase.
JENNIFER HAIGH, a native of Northern Cambria, is the author of six novels, three of which – HEAT AND LIGHT, BAKER TOWERS and NEWS FROM HEAVEN — are set in a Pennsylvania town she calls Bakerton. Local readers will recognize it as a composite of several former coal towns in Cambria County. Her books have won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction, the PEN New England Award in Fiction and the Massachusetts Book Award, and have been published in sixteen languages. Her short stories have been published in The Atlantic, Granta, The Best American Short Stories and many other places.
The daughter of two local teachers, Jay Wasilko and Elizabeth Gavlak Wasilko, Jennifer is a graduate of Bishop Carroll High School, Dickinson College and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, where she earned an M.F.A. in fiction writing. As a teenager, she performed in a number of Cresson Lake productions. She now lives in Boston.
Haigh’s latest book, the novel HEAT AND LIGHT, is set in a Pennsylvania town divided over natural gas drilling. In a review for the New York Times, Janet Maslin writes, “Ms. Haigh is an expertly nuanced storyteller long overdue for major attention. Her work is gripping, real and totally immersive, akin to that of writers as different as Richard Price, Richard Ford and Richard Russo.” The Washington Post writes, “Haigh’s achievement in this expansive, gripping novel is to delineate the ways in which we are all connected, for better and worse, by pipelines and electrical wires, coal dust and gas fumes. Bakerton is us, and we are Bakerton.”
FJ. HARTLAND is a graduate of Westminster College (New Wilmington PA) and earned an MFA in Playwriting from Carnegie-Mellon University where he was a Shubert fellow in Playwriting and twice won the prestigious Bud Yorkin Playwriting Award. At the age of 23, F.J. made his New York City debut when Ensemble Studio Theatre workshopped his play A Piano Player With Sad Brown Eyes. He has since had NYC productions at the Quaigh Theatre, 13th Street Theatre, Theatre of the Open Eye, Don’t Tell Mama, Lincoln Center Library, Emerging Artist Theatre and most recently this past October at the American Theatre of Actors where his play Be Our Guest had a limited engagement. F.J.’s plays have also been performed in Miami, Columbus, Wheeling, Washington DC, Philadelphia and in Pittsburgh at Bricolage, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, Duquesne University, South Park Theatre, Gemini Theatre, Cup-a-Joe, Future Ten, Rage of the Stage, Pyramid Productions, and a record-setting sixteen times in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. In PNWF his plays have received seven nominations for Best Play winning four times (Postcards from a Dead Dog in 2005, Shaving Lessons and Half-Windsor Knots in 2010, Funeral in the Rain in 2012 and The Perhaps in 2013). For his play Games of the Mind, F.J. won the Best Play Contest at Throughline Theatre in Pittsburgh. Writers News Weekly named him one of the top playwrights in Pittsburgh in 2014. This September his new one-act More Than Meets the Eye will debut in PNWF. He has had plays published with Samuel French, United Stages, OriginalWorks.org and in The Louisville Review. In 2005 he was the recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship. Rust, a new full-length play commissioned by Duquesne University, will have its world premiere in 2017.
The event will be held at the Barn theatre at 279 Shapiro Road in Loretto, PA. Tickets for the event are $15 including all fees and are available online by clicking below, by calling 814-472-4333, or at the door. Book clubs are encouraged to attend. Contact the Cresson Lake Playhouse office at 814-472-4333 for more details.