Acerbic writer in show’s spotlight

Words, wisdom and wisecracks of American’s foremost jazz age writers will feature in a stage show touring Derbyshire this month.

Dorothy Parker’s poems, short stories and reviews provide an acerbic commentary on life in inter-war America and her work frequently upset the literary establishment.

She was active in cultural politics on the west coast, setting up the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League and (wtih Lilian Hellmann) the Screenwriters’ Guild.

She also wrote about Spain during the Civil War, supporting the efforts of the Republican Government to provide basic education for their people.

She died in 1967 leaving her estate to Dr Martin Luthur King.

In the play You Might as Well Live, Susan Daniel will play Dorothy Parker as she shares stories about the writer’s loves and her views on the authors and cultural icons of her day.

Susan will be accompanied by the Steve Salfield Trio, featuring Steve Salfield on saxophone, Matthew Ratcliffe on piano and Graham Jones on double bass.

The show will be performed at Thornbridge Hall, Great Longstone, on Friday, November 16, at 7.30pm, Stanton-in-Peak village hall on Friday, November 23, at 7.30pm and Burton Institute, Winster, on Friday, December 7 at 8pm.