Tuesday Oct 18, 2016
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Bob Okendirk interviews Bryan Cranston about his new memoir.
Bryan Cranston, A Life in Parts, A Word with Writers at the KiMo Theater, in conversation with Bob Odenkirk
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS are available in limited quantity. Call or come by Bookworks to inquire about a general admission ticket. 505-344-8139.
PREMIUM TICKETS are SOLD OUT. Premium ticket holders are invited to a VIP reception at 6pm in the east gallery of the KiMo Theater. Check in at the VIP door at the KiMo for direction.
All ticket holders will receive a SIGNED copy of A Life in Parts.
Two of the screen’s most beloved characters will be reunited in Albuquerque October 18 when Bob Odenkirk joins Bryan Cranston for an on-stage interview at Cranston’s book tour stop for his new memoir, A Life in Parts.
Cranston’s tour stop is part of the semi-annual fundraiser, A Word With Writers, produced and hosted by Bookworks as a fundraiser for the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation at the KiMo Theater.
In addition to many other award-winning roles on TV, film, and on Broadway, Cranston played Walter White to Odenkirk’s Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad. In addition to starring in his Emmy and Golden Globe nominated title role in Better Call Saul, Odenkirk is also the author of A Load of Hooey, and is best known for his writing on Saturday Night Live and Mr. Show, which he also starred in. Tickets are $40 for general admission seats, which include a signed copy of Bryan Cranston’s book A Life in Parts. Only a handful of tickets remain and can be purchased by calling Bookworks at 505-344-8139 or coming by the bookstore at 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW in Albuquerque. Premium tickets are sold out.
About A Life in Parts:
A poignant, intimate, funny, inspiring memoir both a coming-of-age story and a meditation on creativity, devotion, and craft from Bryan Cranston, beloved and acclaimed star of one of history s most successful TV shows, Breaking Bad.
Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a United Way commercial. Soon, Bryan was haunting the local movie theater, memorizing and reenacting favorite scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly the boy s destiny until one day his father disappeared. Suddenly, destiny took a back seat to survival.
Seeking something more stable, perhaps subconsciously trying to distance himself from his absent father, Cranston decided on a career in law enforcement. But then, a young man on a classic cross-country motorcycle trip, Cranston one day found himself stranded at a rest area in the Blue Ridge Mountains. To pass the time he read a tattered copy of Hedda Gabler, and in a flash he found himself face-to-face once again with his original calling. Suddenly he thought: "This "was what he wanted to do, what he would do, with the rest of his life. Act.
In his riveting memoir, A Life in Parts, Cranston traces his zigzag journey from his chaotic childhood to his dramatic epiphany, and beyond, to mega-stardom and a cult-like following, by vividly revisiting the many parts he s played, on camera (astronaut, dentist, detective, candy bar spokesperson, President of the United States, etc.) and off (paperboy, farmhand, security guard, dating consultant, murder suspect, dock loader, son, brother, lover, husband, father). With great humor, and much humility, Cranston chronicles his unlikely rise from a soap opera regular, trying to learn the ropes and the politics of show business on the fly, to a recurring spot as Tim Whatley on Seinfeld, finding himself an indelible part of popular culture. He recalls his run as the well-meaning goofball, Hal, on Malcolm in the Middle, proving to writers and fans that he was willing to do anything, "anything," for a laugh, and he gives a bracing account of his challenging run on Broadway as President Lyndon Johnson, pushing himself to the limit as he prepared, physically and mentally, for a tour de force that would win him a Tony, to go along with his four Emmys.
Of course, Cranston dives deep into the grittiest, most fascinating details of his greatest role, explaining how he searched inward for the personal darkness that would help him create one of the most riveting performances ever captured on screen: Walter White, chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin. Discussing his failures as few men do, describing his work as few actors can, Cranston has much to say about innate talent, its benefits, challenges, and proper maintenance, but ultimately A Life in Parts is about the necessity and transformative power of hard work.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 7:00pm
423 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102