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Playhouse to host literary salon for 'The Dining Room'

Published 4:39 pm, Thursday, May 2, 2013
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The Westport Country Playhouse will host a talk by Susanna Salk, author of "A Privileged Life: Celebrating WASP Style," as part of its Books Worth Talking About literary salon series on Tuesday, May 7. The event will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Lucille Lortel White Barn Center at Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court.

The talk, to be moderated by David Smith of Cablevision, will be followed by an 8 p.m. performance of A.R. Gurney's "The Dining Room," an observation of life among White Anglo-Saxon Protestants.

Salk will explore the glamorous and mysterious WASP lifestyle and how it has influenced trends in the worlds of fashion, home design, and pop culture, themes that are prevalent as well in "The Dining Room," according to a news release.

Salk helped launch Elle Decor magazine as interior design manager and later became a contributing editor there before becoming special projects editor at House and Garden magazine until its closing. She appears regularly on NBC's "Today Show" to discuss design style for the home, the release states.

Books Worth Talking About, a partnership between the playhouse and Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, provides an opportunity to interact with authors to enrich the theater-going experience. Topics of the salons and theatrical productions are designed to complement each other, the release states.

The literary salon is open to anyone with a ticket for the Tuesday, May 7, performance of "The Dining Room." Salk's books will be available for purchase at the event.

Subscribers to other performances may exchange their tickets for this event by contacting the playhouse box office at 203-227-4177.

Reservations for the salon are necessary and may be made by emailing marketing@westportplayhouse.org or calling the playhouse's box office.