Westport theator icon June Walker Rogers will speak at the Books Worth Talking About literary salon at Westport Country Playhouse Tuesday, Oct. 15, just before the curtain rises on the classic 1930s farce, "Room Service."
The literary salon begins at 7 p.m. in the Lucille Lortel White Barn Center at the playhouse, 25 Powers Court. Doors open at 6:45 for a wine and cheese reception.
Carole Claps, a longtime Darien resident who now resides in Norwalk, will moderate the salon.
Claps, a former public relations and marketing director at Westport Country Playhouse for more than a decade, has worked with Rogers on several productions. Claps also is a past member of the board of directors of the Westport Country Playhouse; served on the Westport Arts Center's playwriting selection committee; produced and directed major fundraising events for nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, including the Connecticut Theatre Foundation Inc. and the Darien Arts Center; and acted professionally and directed many productions in Connecticut.
The event is sponsored by Catamount Wealth Management and is the creative collaboration of the playhouse and Westport-based international literary publicity firm Meryl L. Moss Media Relations Inc.
Rogers, who has appeared at the White House, will share her experiences on Broadway with such legends as Dick Van Dyke and Bert Lahr; television appearances with Ed Sullivan, Steve Allen and Jackie Gleason; and nightclub acts with Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra.
As the author of "How to Make It in Showbiz (A Survival Guide)," Rogers' career spanned several decades as an actress, singer, dancer, director and choreographer. At the salon, she will discuss how theater has changed since the days when "Room Service" was first staged and about how to survive in the business.
Admission to the salon is free, but reservations are requested and can be made by calling 203-227-4177 or emailing email@example.com.