11am-1pm Lucy Wang Office Hours upstairs at the Guest House
11am-2pm Docents available at the Marion Davies Guest House to discuss the site.
2-4pm: Story Circle with Lucy Wang: Theme - Stand Up And Laugh, A Tribute To Marion Davies
Playwright and Annenberg Community Beach House 2012 Writer in Residence Lucy Wang continues her 10-week residency with an afternoon of reflection and sharing. Express your vivid memories and discover new inspirations in an afternoon of storytelling exchange.
Lucy Wang: Marion Davies could make you laugh out loud with her gifts of physical comedy and witty repartee. Indeed, I found some gems in her autobiography, The Times We Had, Life With William Randolph Hearst. Here are four of my favorites:
"Barbara (Cary Grant’s wife) doesn’t like any exercise at any time. I’m the same way. My exercise is going from chair to chair"
"A man working on the Telegram in New York wrote a scathing article about the picture Cain and Mabel; he said I should be washing dishes. Little did he know that I loved to wash dishes, and I liked to dry them, too."
"W.R. always said to me, “Never read any bad reviews about yourself. Read only the good ones.” Of course I thought, What if there are no good ones? Then I’m really in the dumps. I’d rather read the bad ones than the good ones anyway, because at least there are more of them."
“It’s a very funny thing – I just love the smell of hamburger. Nothing in life like food to make you feel good and give you strength and make you think that nothing matters. You know, I do many bad things in my life that I really hate, but when I eat food I think, It’s not so bad, after all.”
Writing in her guest house, I thought it would be fun to pay tribute to Marion Davies and to what Gloria Steinem called the most revolutionary of emotions. You can force love, fear, respect, sadness, but you cannot force someone to think something is funny. You cannot “make” someone laugh. Let’s be revolutionary and turn one afternoon into a barrel of laughs! Please come willing to share one to three comical stories, about two minutes each to allow everyone to participate:
1. Describe your second most embarrassing moment ever
2. Share your worst date/Valentine
3. Share a story about how you used humor to overcome/heal/bounce back
Please come share your stories of transformation and transcendence related to the questions/themes above, any way you like it – on paper, on your feet, with or without photographs. Feel free to bring pen and paper, laptop, tablet – if there’s time, and interest, perhaps we’ll do a writing exercise. Come experience the magic and the power of our collective stories, and leave renewed and recharged!
Lucy Wang begins her Residency January 16 and will be working out of an office on the second floor of the Marion Davies Guest House through March 26, 2012. Her plan for the term is to work on a new play. Wang began her career as a bond trader on Wall Street and Deputy Chief of Staff during Mayor Dinkins’ Administration. Awards include a Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, Best New Political Social Play from the Katherine and Lee Chilcote Foundation, Berrilla Kerr Foundation, James Thurber Fellowship, CAPE’s New Writers TV Award, NATPE Diversity Fellow, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Honorary Fellow, and artistic residencies at Hedgebrook, MacDowell, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Tin Shop in Breckenridge, CO.
Wang's plays have been performed all over, including London and are available at Original Works Publishing and JAC Publishing. In addition to plays, Wang has written a young adult novel and two short films (one of which she directed), sold a pilot to Disney, and performed standup comedy. She was chosen to perform a monologue for the National Theater Conference in Los Angeles this past June. She earned her B.A. in Asian Studies/Economics at the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA in Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Her manuscripts are archived at the Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.
In celebration of Marion Davies’ support of artists, and to further the work of artists in all disciplines, the City of Santa Monica created the Annenberg Community Beach House Artist Residency program. Several times a year a local artist works out of an office at the Marion Davies Guest House, sharing their progress with the public both in person and online. Check the AiR blog for updates from Residents at http://beachhouseair.blogspot.com.
Stop by early for information on the Beach House by docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy from 11am-2pm.
Tickets are free but seating is limited and reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please reserve online. Please plan to arrive by 1:45pm to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email email@example.com. We appreciate your keeping in touch!
Directions: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway, a half mile north of the California Incline and a half mile south of Chautauqua Blvd. Plenty of public parking is available - enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light. The facility is easily accessible by foot or bike from the beach bike path, although the Beach closes at sunset. There is ample bike parking at racks throughout the site - remember to bring your own lock.
Parking: There is an hourly/daily parking charge at the park and pay machines available in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Fees change but are ~$6 on winter weekdays; please check the website for details.
Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check http://annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.
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Please note that there is bike parking available onsite - bring a lock. Car parking is available and rates vary from weekdays to weekends and season to season.
Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event; reservations are released then and late seating is not guaranteed. Although Eventbrite's automatic email encourages you to print your ticket out, at this time we only require you to give your last name at the door. If an event is at capacity, we will generally open a waitlist online and you can sign up. We will not contact you; just plan to arrive by 15 minutes prior to the event and we will assess unclaimed reservations then.
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The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach is a public beach club open to all - no membership required. For more information, please visit annenbergbeachhouse.com. The Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the recommendation of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development and the federal Preserve America program.
The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. For disability related accommodations, please call Guest Services at 310-458-4904.
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