BAM Unbound: Sarah Ruhl with Mary-Louise Parker

Sarah Ruhl photo

BAM Unbound (BAMcafé):
Thursday, October 14, 7:00PM
Sarah Ruhl In conversation with Mary-Louise Parker
Launch of Smile: The Story of a Face
Part of the Fall 2021 Unbound series
Tickets: $25 access only, $45 with signed book 
Co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore

In this intimate conversation, MacArthur “genius” and two-time Pulitzer finalist Sarah Ruhl is joined by writer-actress Mary-Louise Parker, winner of Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe awards, to celebrate the launch of Ruhl’s new memoir. In Smile: The Story of a Face, she explores her decade-long search for a cure for Bell's palsy following a high-risk pregnancy. In a series of witty and lucid meditations, Ruhl chronicles her experience as a patient, wife, working mom, and playwright. From the pain of postpartum depression to her desire for a resilient spiritual life in the face of illness, she invites us on this profound and piercing journey. 

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Sarah Ruhl is a playwright and writer of other things. Her 15 plays include In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), The Clean House, and Eurydice. She is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee, and MacArthur “genius” Fellowship recipient. Her plays—produced on- and off-Broadway and internationally—are widely translated, and her book 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write was a New York Times Notable Book. She teaches at Yale School of Drama and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and her three children.

Mary-Louise Parker is a Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe award-winning actress. Her writing has appeared in Esquire, The Riveter, Bust, and Bullet.


RUN TIME: 90min. LOCATION: Peter Jay Sharp Building, Lepercq Space/BAMcafé.

This event will adhere to protocols developed in accordance with New York State regulations and in consultation with medical professionals for the safety of our artists, audiences, and staff. All tickets are general admission.

The safety of BAM's audiences, staff, and artistic community is their top priority. All guests must show proof of vaccination at the entry points and masks must be worn at all times. Please visit BAM’s safety protocol page for the most up-to-date information.

Signed books included with $45 bundled tickets can be picked up at BAM on the night of the event. 


Please note, tickets must be purchased through BAM. 

The extraordinary story of one woman’s ten-year medical and metaphysical odyssey that brought her physical, creative, emotional, and spiritual healing, by a MacArthur genius and two-time Pulitzer finalist.

"In this stunning work, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ruhl reflects on her long and arduous battle with Bell’s palsy after giving birth to twins....As she recounts learning to find joy in small things—such as regaining the ability to blink—Ruhl proves that even life at its most mundane can be fascinating. This incredibly inspiring story offers hope where it’s least expected." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Event date: 

Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Peter Jay Sharp Building, Lepercq Space/BAMcafé.
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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