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I Wrote That! Author Talk: In Conversation with Jack O’Brien

October 28, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


In this intimate conversation, Jack O’Brien, Tony Award-winning director, shares memories of people, productions, and problems surmounted during his 50-year career that he chronicled in his latest book, Jack in the Box.
In Jack in the Box, O’Brien’s follow-up to his memoir, Jack Be Nimble, the director collects stories from the many productions he has worked on; the great talents he encountered and collaborated with, including Tom Stoppard, Mike Nichols, Jerry Lewis, Marsha Mason, and many others; and the choices that he made, on the stage and off, that have come to define his career. With humor, warmth, and contagious excitement, O’Brien takes his readers by the shoulder, pulls them in, and tells them how to become a director — or, at the very least, relates an unfailingly honest story of how he did.

Frank Rizzo, entertainment writer & theatre critic for Variety, will lead the conversation with Jack.

Jack O’Brien
Jack O’Brien was born in 1939 and is an American director, writer, and lyricist, who served as the artistic director of the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego from 1982 to 2007. He has won three Tony Awards and been nominated for eight more including the hilarious 2023 production, Shucked, and he has won five Drama Desk Awards.


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