Enter, Stage 'Write'
A woman. Two men. A theater.
These are the main characters in "Theatricks," the debut novel by Eleanor Gwyn-Jones. Originally from England, Gwyn-Jones now makes her home in Northeast Pennsylvania and both her homeland and her chosen home play pivotal roles in the story's progression.
"It's not your traditional romance," Gwyn-Jones said. "It is a transatlantic love triangle; it is not just a female and two different types of males."
"The heroine is a very career, duty-driven woman. She is fixed on her path and she loves her theater," she continued. "The theater is almost a character in itself in the novel. It is her mission in life to save this theater but love gets in the way. She meets this American and, of course, she can't transport her theater to America and she can't transport him to England because of his job and career, which is based in Scranton. Just before she leaves, she meets this erudite, charismatic actor. So, she has to make a choice."
Gwyn-Jones will be on hand this Friday evening, Dec. 13, at Jaya Yoga, 320 S. State St., as a part of Clarks Summit's monthly Downtown Go Around, sponsored by the Arts Committee of the Abington Business and Professional Association. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 at the yoga studio, with Gwyn-Jones reading from "Theatricks" at 7 p.m., followed by the book signing until 9 p.m. A yoga class will take place before the signing from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Gwyn-Jones explained that her book's evolution took place through the trials and tribulations of her own adjustment to life in the United States, following her own transatlantic move.
"I was here and I had come over for love with my Pennsylvanian but through visa rankles, I couldn't work," she recalled, adding that she was used to a grueling travel schedule as a touring actress back home.
"The routine had become my habit," she said. "When I came over here and found I couldn't work for money, I was at a complete loss. I never really had any ambition growing up to be a writer. It was always my focus to be an actress. Writing letters was a way to communicate with home, so it staved off the feelings of homesickness."
"The feedback from my aunts, who didn't use email, was always the same in every letter: you should be a writer," she continued. "It was so strange to me that they should say that because acting had always been my thing, so why on earth was anyone suggesting anything but acting. It got to me after a while and one day at my kitchen table, I opened up my laptop and started writing."
A sequel to "Theatricks," entitled "Jazz Hands" will be available in the spring of 2014. Both books are published by Omnific Publishing.
Other events during this month's Downtown Go Around include a performance by Mike Waskovich at the Clarks Summit Borough Building, 304 S. State St., a visit from Santa Claus and other art exhibits at the locations shown on our map on pages 8 and 9.