Academy Award and Tony Award–winning actress Marcia Gay Harden
In her new book The Seasons of My Mother: A Memoir of Love, Family, and Flowers, one of America’s most revered actresses takes on her most important role to date: gatekeeper of memories. This poetic and inspiring memoir is a beautifully rendered portrait of two lives—Marcia’s own, and that of her mother, Beverly, a proper Dallas lady who struggles with Alzheimer’s disease.
When Marcia was eight years old, the family moved from California to Japan, where her father was stationed during the Vietnam War. It was here that Marcia’s mother “exploded into the woman I will always remember.” With her husband at sea and five children at home, Beverly took a class in ikebana, the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging, and began a lifelong love affair with the practice.
Harden will talk about the different seasons of her mother’s life, all the while weaving in the story of her own journey from precocious young girl to budding artist to award-winning actress. In 2001 she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of the painter Lee Krasner in Pollock, and in 2009 she won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Veronica in Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage.
“Harden delivers a love letter to her mother, in which the extraordinary elements of her ordinary life shine through.” —Publishers Weekly
6:30 p.m.: Pre-event tour of art in the DMA’s collection focused on mothers, family, and flowers. Tour tickets are limited and are first-come, first-served for ticket holders that evening.
VIP Experience (limited to 30 tickets) includes a pre-event book signing and wine and hors d’oeuvres reception with Marcia Gay Harden, hardcover book, and reserved front-section seating at the event, $125
One ticket + one book: Public $45, DMA Member/Educator $40, Student $35
Two tickets + one book: Public $80, DMA Member/Educator $70, Student $65
Ticket holders buying one or more extra books in advance get a priority pass for the book signing. It would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift!