Edna O’Brien Reading at the Magic

One of the perks of being on the literary committee at the Magic Theatre is that you get to attend early staged readings of new works-in-progress by some pretty incredible writers. Yesterday I saw two new works by Edna O’Brien, the Irish novelist, screenwriter and playwright. Her words are lyrical and poetic, and it was a pleasure to get a chance to listen. (Especially with the brilliant actors who were reading cold.) One of the highlights for me was hearing Edna herself read a beautiful 20-minute monologue; I’ve written before about how amazing it is to hear playwrights read their own work, and this one was particularly well-suited for that kind of presentation.