At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Christopher Isherwood, August 26


AUGUST 26, 2014


Location:   Downtown Asheville NC

Times:    from 3:30pm - 5:30pm  &  6:30pm - 8:30pm

    On the corner of North Lexington Ave & Walnut St map link

    or the "Iron" sculpture at Wall St & Battery Park Ave   map link

from 10:00pm to 11:30pm

    at O'Henry's Bar on Haywood St map link 

(Please note:  The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)


Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of selections by this American short-story writer, novelist and playwright, whose stories of the underworld of Weimar Berlin were adapted into the movies "I Am a Camera" and the musical "Cabaret". The character of 'Sally Bowles' was based on his relationship with the British singer and writer Jean Ross.

The selection from will then be read out loud to the Listener.




Isherwood was close to the poet WH Auden and collaborated on many poetic and dramatic projects with him. He was also friends with EM Forster, Truman Capote and many Hollywood actors and directors. His frank accounts of life as a gay man both in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, and later in California in the 1950s and 1960s in particular, including his novel A Single Man, were some of the first to reach a mainstream audience and were a source of pride for many gays forced to live closeted lives around the world.


He met and fell in love with the artist Don Bachardy in the early 50s and they stayed together until Isherwood passed away in January 1986. Their relationship was extraordinary and they lived as an out couple during a time when being out was far more difficult than it is today.


More information about Christopher Isherwood can be found at Wikipedia and at the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, which preserves his legacy and awards scholarly grants. You can read a 1974 interview with Isherwood at The Paris Review.




“Think of two people, living together day after day, year after year, in this small space, standing elbow to elbow cooking at the same small stove, squeezing past each other on the narrow stairs, shaving in front of the same small bathroom mirror, constantly jogging, jostling, bumping against each other’s bodies by mistake or on purpose, sensually, aggressively, awkwardly, impatiently, in rage or in love – think what deep though invisible tracks they must leave, everywhere, behind them!"

from "A Single Man”


A trailor for the 2007 documentary film "Chris and Don: A Love Story"


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