Frank Strausser: Plastic
Wednesday July 24: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
This event is free to attend. Space will be available on a first come, first served basis.
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
Plastic is a novel of psychological suspense about some desperate Hollywood image makers who conspire to do the ultimate cover up. When Dr. Harry Previn fails to restore Fay Wray, the ravishingly beautiful nineteen year-old pop star at the center of this predicament, a conspiracy ensues to fake her death offering to lock in her beauty and giver her Marilyn Monroe-like immorality, but, of course, if she's dead, she can't press criminal charges. For Previn, beauty has become a life or death proposition because his patients are literally dying to be beautiful. Plastic explores the ephemeral world of celebrity and beauty at the intersection of Hollywood and rock 'n roll.
Join us as Frank sits down and shares his gritty new thriller with Dolores Barclay.
Frank Strausser came of age as a producer, playwright, and novelist while living in The Capital of Good Looks. His play have been produced in LA, London’s West End, and off Broadway. His critically acclaimed first play The Powder Room, about a reverse gender-bias incident, starred Academy Award best actress nominee Sally Kirkland. Most recently audience favorite Psycho Therapy, about couples therapy for three, had a thirteen week run Off Broadway at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre. Broadway World called it, “A must see! Smart script. Hilarious.” Plastic is his debut novel.
Dolores Barclay is an author and former National Writer and Arts Editor of The Associated Press, and sits on the Advisory Board of City University Center for the Arts. She worked for AP first as a reporter covering city hall, federal and criminal courts, and the police beat for the New York City bureau. Barclay, who has taught feature writing at Rutgers University, is the author of two inspirational books, and co-author of A Girl Needs Cash and Sammy Davis Jr. My Father. She also worked with Diana Ross on her best-selling memoir, Secrets of a Sparrow. She is currently working on her first novel and a publishing and video project with supermodel Frederique van der Wal, host of FYI's Homegrown Makeover. She is a producer on a documentary about legendary film producer Sam Spiegel (Lawrence of Arabia and On the Waterfront). When not working, Barclay sails, fishes, snorkels, travels, gardens and cooks. She enjoys theater, film, music, art, ballet and comic books.