Alumni Book Talk and Signing – Peter Rader ’82
Join us as we welcome Peter Rader ‘82, who will speak about his new book published by Simon & Shuster, titled Playing to the Gods.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
The riveting story of the rivalry between the two most renowned actresses of the nineteenth century: legendary Sarah Bernhardt, whose eccentricity on and off the stage made her the original diva, and mystical Eleonora Duse, who broke all the rules to popularize the natural style of acting we celebrate today.
Cost: No charge.
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Contact: Madeleine Mejia, Madeleine_Mejia@post.harvard.edu
“Playing to the Gods is the best sort of dual biography, deftly intertwining the lives of two fascinating people. Rader masterfully plays these powerful women off each other. This is the book for all of us who binge-watched Feud.”
—Daniel de Visé, author of Andy & Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show
“Rader’s fluid narrative moves from stage to boudoir with grace and intrigue, pitting two great theater rivals against one another in an epic battle of styles that elevates both to the iconic status they deserve.”
—Michael Sucsy, writer, director, and producer of Grey Gardens
“Writing in a style both humorous and romantic, and throwing in juicy tidbits (catty notes, cheating lovers) all along.... This entertaining chronicle illustrates how both women captivated audiences and made a lasting impact on the theater.”
About the Author:
Peter Rader is a writer, director, producer, cinematographer, and editor who has worked for Hollywood’s leading film and television studios over a career spanning three decades. The author of Playing to the Gods and the critically acclaimed biography Mike Wallace: A Life, he has mentored writers and taught classes and workshops at the Los Angeles Film School, the California State University system, and Harvard University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.