Angry Poet Goes Soft in How to Stay Bitter Through The Happiest Times of Your Life

News   Angry Poet Goes Soft in How to Stay Bitter Through The Happiest Times of Your Life "What's worse than an angry performance poet?" asks Anita Liberty's latest work. The answer: "A happy one." How to Stay Bitter Through The Happiest Times of Your Life will play at the HERE Arts Center, starting June 7.

Christopher Duva directs the special limited engagement plays through June 25 at the downtown Manhattan venue.

How to Stay Bitter Through The Happiest Times of Your Life is created and performed by Miss Liberty and based on her forthcoming book of the same title. The show "sets her poems, blog entries and hilariously caustic musings on the stage instead of the page," according to press materials.

"Humiliating her ex-boyfriend Mitchell in public was a perfectly satisfying career for Anita Liberty, but then she had to go and do something she swore never to do — she got over it.  Then, to make matters worse, she fell blissfully in love.  And now she’s really got problems."  In the new show, she delves into her struggle with being "an angry performance poet" who suddenly finds herself "perilously close to true happiness"

The book with the same title will be released by Villard Books on June 13 along with the reissue of her first book, "How to Heal the Hurt By Hating" (originally published in 1998 by Ballantine).

Liberty's previous works include the one-person show, Not Thinking About You (U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in 1997), appearances at New York's HERE, The Public, Fez and Luna Lounge, Los Angeles' Café Largo, Catch a Rising Star and Luna Park as well as her short film, "Anita Liberty," directed by R.J. Cutler, produced by the Independent Film Channel and shown at Sundance in 1997.                                    Tickets to Anita Liberty's How To Stay Bitter Through The Happiest Times of Your Life at HERE Arts Center, 145 Sixth Avenue, can be purchased by calling (212) 868-4444 or online at www.here.org. For more information, visit www.AnitaLiberty.com.