Lectures

Page to Stage: Daniel Handler

When: Mon., Dec. 13, 7 p.m. 2010

It was probably inevitable that sooner or later Daniel Handler would write a semi-absurd, darkly hilarious puppet play. After all, with an imagination as seemingly inexhaustible and a career as eccentric and vast as his, there are only so many directions one can go. Handler's first book, a sarcastic coming-of-age novel called The Basic Eight, was so audaciously dark that it was rejected by no fewer than 37 publishers before finally being picked up. After that, Handler, under the pseudonym Lemony Snicket, penned the insanely popular A Series of Unfortunate Events books. He's also written a handful of critically acclaimed kidsÕ and adult novels about topics including incest, pirates, and irate potato pancakes. On Monday, Dec. 13, he'll discuss his new puppet play, The Composer Is Dead, at Berkeley Rep (2025 Addison St., Berkeley) with the company's dramaturg, Madeleine Oldham. It's based on his book of the same name and now showing at the theater. 7 p.m., free.510-647-2949 or BerkeleyRep.org

Ellen Cushing

Price: free

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