Robert Desiderio: The Occurrence (in conversation with Judith Light)
Sunday March 8: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
A near-death experience in the Iraq desert transforms the lives of the FBI’s most wanted terrorist, and his young disciple, and alters the fate of a Pulitzer Prize-winning female journalist, and a decorated U.S. Marine about to be executed. Guided by a visionary young girl from Peru, they become aware of an ancient past, and an energy force placed deep under the desert sand thousands of years ago.
Join us in the Rare Book Room for The Occurrence, an unforgettable story of enemies, caught in the tragic sweep of terrorism, whose lives are forever changed. A gripping and unique political thriller. A story of uplifting beauty and love that speaks to the mystery of our collective evolution, and unveils a DNA we all share.
Robert Desiderio is best known for his recurring roles on The Sopranos and Cheers. He has also appeared on The A-Team, Remington Steele, Knots Landing, The Fall Guy, Matlock, Family Ties, Murder, She Wrote, Murphy Brown, and Ugly Betty. Desiderio’s first feature film appearance was co-starring opposite George Burns in Oh God! You Devil. His script for the film Save Me premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received wide acclaim for its complexity. The New York Times wrote, “Save Me has a lot of heart,” and the Los Angeles Times called it “a thoughtful production of exceptional insight and quietly devastating power.” Desiderio is also developing projects for film and TV, and he’s about to begin working on his second novel. He lives in Los Angeles and New York City with his wife, the actress Judith Light, whom he met while acting on the soap opera One Life to Live.
Judith Light is known for her extensive body of work onstage, as well as in television and film. Light’s stage debut in 1970 kicked off a long and lustrous career in the theater. Her 2017 performance in All the Ways to Say I Love You (MCC) garnered her nominations for a Drama League Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award. The same year she could be seen in God Looked Away with Al Pacino (Pasadena Playhouse). In 2011, Light received a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for her poignant role as Marie in Lombardi. The following two years won her two consecutive Tony and Drama Desk awards for her performances in Other Desert Cities and The Assembled Parties, which dubbed her the first actress in nearly two decades to win consecutive Tony Awards. For the Pulitzer Prize winning Wit, produced by Daryl Roth, she was awarded the Helen Hayes and Eliot Norton awards. Light recently wrapped production of the musical finale of Transparent, Amazon Prime's Golden Globe winning series, for which she has received two Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe nomination and three Critics' Choice nominations. Light stars alongside Alec Baldwin, Mandy Patinkin and Mike Colter in the indie film Before You Know It, which premiered at Sundance in January 2019; Ms. White Light, which premiered at SXSW in March 2019; and Hot Air, with Steve Coogan. Last year, her role in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story garnered her Emmy and Critics Choice nominations. Light starred in and produced the film, Save Me, which was written by husband Robert Desiderio and premiered at Sundance. Selected TV includes: The Good Fight, Ugly Betty (Emmy Nomination), Law and Order, SVU, Dallas, Who’s the Boss, One Life to Live (Two consecutive Emmys). Light is an avid philanthropist with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, the Point Foundation, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Light has been a longtime advocate to end HIV/Aids and is a champion for LGBTQ & human rights. Light is on the Board of Directors of the MCC theatre in NYC.