Book Release:
Opening the Shutters 

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Nan Knighton's new collection of poetry, Opening the Shutters, will be released in hardcover on June 30, available for preorder. An ebook edition is available now.

OPENING THE SHUTTERS is a book of poems by Nan Knighton which has been called "extraordinary" by author Delia Ephron, "glorious" by playwright Ken Ludwig and "stunning" by Richard Ridge of Broadway World. Charles McGrath, former Editor of The New York Times Book Review says, "Reading Nan Knighton is like reading a 21st century Edna Millay" and Elizabeth Goodenough of Secret Spaces of Childhood says, "Her poems fly. They take risks...with arresting images, kick-ass verbs, hilarious dialogue and dramatic power. Brilliant."

 

Knighton's poems are conversational. Alfred Uhry, Pulitzer Prize winner for Driving Miss Daisy says, "Nan Knighton's poems celebrate the ebb and flow of everyday life." Her poems live in that arena - conversational, easily grasped. As she says, they are for those who say, "I'm not really a poetry person" as much as they are for poetry lovers. Her poems travel from Skee Ball on the boardwalk to a tango by the river, from drunken prayers in a taxi to writing songs in the nude, from parents who drive you nuts- ("I'll be dying, they'll be drinking Mint Juleps")- to a man on his knees begging his lover to stop making him laugh. Whether in rhyme, free verse, haiku, prose poem or dialogue, Knighton's poems are sure to hit a nerve.

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Nan Knighton, Frank Wildhorn, and Gabriel Barre talk MCP's Scarlet Pimpernel with BWW's Richard Ridge - View Here
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"The Scarlet Pimpernel turned 20 this year—that is, its third and final revision did. Inside the crazy story of the Broadway show that opened in 1997 and changed nearly every day for two years."
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Publicity Photos from Lincoln Center's Concert Production of The Scarlet Pimpernel  (View Scrapbook)
Upcoming Performances
World Premiere: Camille Claudel
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D.C. Signature Theatre
Postponed: 2020/21 Season
 
Book & Lyrics by Nan Knighton
Music by Frank Wildhorn
Directed by Eric Schaeffer
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The one-night only performance was presented on February 18, 2019 at Lincoln Center
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Pictured: Gabriel Barre (Director), Nan Knighton (Book/Lyrics), and Jennifer Paulson Lee (Associate Director/Choreographer)