Often quoted but seldom attributed, the work of leading American poet, writer, critic and satirist Dorothy Parker will be celebrated at the Chesil Theatre when Playgirls and Friends present Drinking with Dorothy – a selection of her sketches, songs and poems. Performances are on Saturday 21st February at 7.45pm and Sunday 22nd February at 3pm with tickets available online at www.chesiltheatre.org.uk or telephone 0333 666 336
During the 1920s and 30s, Dorothy Parker was famous for her sparkling wit and acerbic criticism. She had an eye for the foibles of the twentieth century. Her poems and short stories display both her disillusion with romantic love as well as her characters’ delight in drinking – despite Prohibition in the USA.
The stories have been dramatised by Chesil Theatre member, writer and dramaturg Cecily O’Neill with the permission of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People, whose aims were supported by Dorothy Parker and who now hold the rights to her work. The Winchester play reading group Playgirls and Friends return to the Chesil Theatre following several unique entertainments including Young Jane featuring the early writings of Jane Austen.
All proceeds from the performances of Drinking with Dorothy will go towards the Chesil Theatre Development Fund which aims to enhance and extend this popular arts venue. This season continues with Martin McDonagh’s strong tragi-comedy The Beauty Queen of Leenane from 21st to 28th March.