Endpapers Playwright McCormack Has Talk-Back with Audience, Sept. 26

News   Endpapers Playwright McCormack Has Talk-Back with Audience, Sept. 26 What New York City show is more fit to participate in the annual "New York Is Book Country" festival of all things literary than Endpapers, the new Thomas McCormack play about the publishing industry by Thomas McCormack?

What New York City show is more fit to participate in the annual "New York Is Book Country" festival of all things literary than Endpapers, the new Thomas McCormack play about the publishing industry by Thomas McCormack?

The playwright will take part in a post-performance discussion at the Variety Arts Theatre on Sept. 26, immediately following the show.

McCormack, former CEO of St. Martin's Press, will also appear at the Gotham Writer's Workshop booth at the Book Fair on Sept. 29, from 1:15-2 PM (between 50th and 51st on Fifth Ave).

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Endpapers is directed by Pamela Berlin, and is running at the Variety Arts Theatre. The show, by second-time playwright Thomas McCormack, opened June 23 with little fanfare and has turned into a modest hit.

In an original promotion early in the run, the producers of the new play—which is about the publishing industry—offered a free ticket during previews to anyone who brought a rejection letter to the Variety Arts Theatre box office.

The venture is produced by Benjamin Mordecai.

In an article in the New York Times, McCormack told how he wrote a play in his youth which got him into the Edward Albee-Richard Barr Playwrights Unit in the late '60s. But when he unexpectedly became head of St. Martin's, he put his playwriting career on hold—for 30 years.

Tim Hopper tops the cast of Endpapers. Hopper has appeared on Broadway in Present Laughter with Frank Langella and Off Broadway in Craig Lucas' The Dying Gaul. He is a member of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Also in the cast are Shannon Burkett (The Ride Down Mt. Morgan), William Cain (A Delicate Balance), Beth Dixon (Wrong Mountain), Alex Draper, Bill Kux, Bruce McCarty, Pippa Pearthree, Greg Salata, Maria Thayer, Neil Vipond (Oliver Wadsworth returns Oct. 28).

The Variety Arts is located at 110 Third Avenue (at 14th Street). Call (212) 239-6200 for ticket information.

— By Robert Simonson