Monday, September 04, 2006

Tanya Shaffer’s 3 Things

This week, The May Queen contributors will weigh in with their 3 things before 40. First up is Tanya Shaffer- playwright, actor, writer, Renaissance woman. Last fall, I was blown away by her new play- Baby Taj- which has elements of the same story she tells in her essay Of Sweethearts and Sperm Banks in The May Queen.
Tanya will turn 40 in two months, but she agreed to share three things she’s grateful she made time for this last decade.
Three things I’m glad I did before I turned forty:
1. Went to Africa
2. Published a book
3. Had a child
Tanya will appear at Book Passage in Corte Madera tomorrow night at 7:00 to read from her memoir, Somebody’s Heart is Burning: A Woman Wanderer in Africa, chat a bit about the process of taking things from the page to the stage, and answer questions. She might even do a teeny (very teeny) excerpt from her brilliant play Let My Enemy Live Long! So I hope you’ll join me there; it’ll be fun! This event is sponsored by the group Left Coast Writers. It’s best to contact them in advance to reserve a space – the address is


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