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Words To Live By - An Evening With Dorothy Parker & The Ballad Of Frankee & Matilde
The Boiler Room Club
Reno, NV
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Words To Live By - An Evening With Dorothy Parker & The Ballad Of Frankee & Matilde

Words To Live By - An Evening With Dorothy Parker
Featuring Mary Bennett
Opening Performance - The Ballad Of Frankee & Matilde
Featuring Carrie Lynn & Lyndsey Langsdale

MAY 26, 2017 - Friday Night  7:00 PM SHOW  
Doors open at 6:30 PM
ALL Tickets $25

Venue will be announced with purchase of tickets.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Speakeasy Club promised to be a new kind of theatre experience in alternative spaces.  Admission includes one beverage.  When purchasing tickets - please share your cell phone number for contact.

RENO, NV. Words To Live By is a one-woman show, based on the works and life of Dorothy Parker is created and performed by theatre artist Mary Bennett.   The show weaves a collage of dramatic devices and literary slights of hand to lure the audience into a world imagined by Dorothy Parker, THE 1920's writer, wit and critic.  The show won "Best of" at The San Francisco Fringe Festival and enjoyed a successful extended run at the Exit Theatre, Bruka Theatre and others through out the west coast.  

Opening for Words To Live By - The Ballad Of Frankee & Matilde created and featuring Carrie Lynn & Lyndsey Langsdale.  Inspired by music from the 1966 French film A Man and a Woman, The Ballad of Frankee and Matilde may appear at first glance to be a simple love story, two lost and awkward souls finding each other and being carried away by new and sudden infatuation. But at its core, the tale of these two lovers is about the battle between novelty and nuance and the invisible mechanism that both pushes us away from and pulls us nearer to those we love the most in this world.

Reservations are available through the Bruka Theatre box office at (775) 323-3221. All tickets are $20 in advance and at the door. Online tickets available at  

Dorothy Parker.  August 22, 1893  June 7, 1967.  Dorothy Parker's reputation as a writer has rested uneasily in the hands of literary critics and biographers. She was one of the few female members of the Algonquin Round Table, a daily gathering of New York writers and performers who exchanged barbs over lunch and bootleg cocktails in the 1920s. Her poetry, fiction, and play reviews graced the pages of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Life, The Smart Set, Ainslee's, and The New Yorker, as well as a number of women's magazines. Parker offers a witty and often acerbic assessment of human affairs -- whether they concern romantic love, the family, war, racism, self-deception, economic disparity, or the intersection of these issues. She has been called a period writer, a humorist, and a (pejoratively speaking) sentimentalist. Yet her work remains in print, a testament to the relevance of her vision.  (Rhonda Pettit -

Mary Bennett is a West Coast Theatre Artist who has created a significant amount of theatre projects as a solo artist, founder of Renaissance Projects and currently Producing Artistic Director at Brüka Theatre.  Voted "Best Actor" in Reno by News and Review eight times, her training experiences have included:  American Conservatory Theatre  San Francisco, Bay Area Theatre Sports, Dell Arte International Theatre Company (Northern California & Bali, Indonesia), New York Stage & Film at Vassar College, The B Street Theatre, The Upright Citizens Brigade and The Kennedy Center as a teaching artist.  Mary is currently the Producing Director of Brüka Theatre in Reno and The Carson City Ghost Walk and works as a theatre Artist in Residence throughout the West Coast teaching improvisation, movement, theatre, writing and mask.  Mary creates solo shows that include Words To Live By  An Evening With Dorothy Parker, incorporating the life, short stories and poetry of 1920s writer and critic Dorothy Parker which won Best of The San Francisco Fringe Festival and will tour to New York City on June 7, 2017 for the anniversary of Mrs. Parkers death with The Ballad Of Frankee and Matilde  performed by local artists Lyndsey Langsdale and Carrie Lynn.   They will perform a fundraiser for the NYC trip on May 26 at 7 PM at The Boiler Room Club in Reno.

Lyndsey Langsdale is co-owner/operator of Lost City Farm, an urban farm in downtown Reno and works as a social research consultant for clients in Northern Nevada. She has a Masters degree in Applied Anthropology and has worked both locally and internationally in human rights advocacy, urban agriculture and ethnography. Langsdale studied art at the University of Nevada, Reno and Northern Arizona University focusing on sculpture, silversmithing and jewelry design, as well as theater clown with Sue Morrison in Toronto, Canada. Over the past few years she has been working with local community theaters as a costumer.


The Boiler Room Club (View)
400 Mill St. Reno, NV
Reno, NV 89501
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 14
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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