Jamestown Arts CenterJamestown Arts Center

Join the Jamestown Arts Center in collaboration with DESIGNxRI on Thursday, May 26 at 6:00pm for a reading and discussion with author, Gregory Maguire, about his novel Wicked and its voyage from page to stage, as well as comments on recent books such as the New York Times bestseller, After Alice, and the Boston Globe Horn Book Honor title, Egg & Spoon.


This event coincides with Setting the Stage, currently on exhibit at the JAC. Setting the Stage, a behind the scenes look at the work of two RI Design Hall of Fame Inductees, Kyla Coburn and Eugene Lee. Lee, who is the Lifetime Achievement Inductee for 2015, is the mastermind behind the jaw-dropping set design of Wicked on Broadway.

For more about the exhibit, a collaboration with DESIGNxRI, visit www.jamestownartcenter.org/exhibitions.

Gregory Maguire received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Tufts University, and his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany. He was a professor and co-director at the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature from 1979-1985. In 1987 he co-founded Children’s Literature New England. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister; Lost; Mirror Mirror; and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, and Out of Oz. Now a beloved classic, Wicked is the basis for a blockbuster Tony Award–winning Broadway musical. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

Tickets (available online and at the door): $10 General Admission, $8 JAC Members and $5 Students

Jamestown Arts Center is located at 18 Valley Street in Jamestown and online at www.jamestownartscenter.org.

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