Celebrate The Arts with WISPPA & Lissa Layng Reynolds April 7

WISPPA invites community to a concert reading of A Woman of Independent Means April 7 at 9am

PHOTO: courtesy of Lissa Reynolds | SouthPasadenan.com | Lissa Layng Reynolds pictured with moderator Margo Newman and author of A Woman of Independent Means, Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey at the recent concert reading at the Arts Crawl

To inaugurate their new meeting place at 1102 Oxley Street, WISPPA cordially invites the community to a live concert reading of the play A Woman of Independent Means, written by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey and performed by local actress Lissa Layng Reynolds. The concert reading will take place this Saturday, April 7 at 9 a.m., WISPPA’s normal meeting time. Guests are invited to arrive for refreshments and social time at 8:30 a.m.

“It’s an opportunity to support and celebrate the arts” says WISPPA President Bianca Richards, “and if you haven’t yet seen Lissa’s concert reading then you’re in for a real treat!”

PHOTO: Alisa Diez | SouthPasadenan.com | Lissa Layng Reynolds plays Bess in A Woman of Independent Means

Actress and WISPPA member Lissa Layng Reynolds performed the play, A Woman of Independent Means for a 6 month run at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, before touring the show in the US and Canada. She also performed a shorter version at the Arts Crawl recently that you can read about here.

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A bestselling sensation when it was first published by Viking in 1978, A Woman of Independent Means has delighted millions of readers. At the turn of the century, a time when women had few choices, Bess Steed Garner inherits a legacy—not only of wealth but of determination and desire, making her truly a woman of independent means.

PHOTO: Fremont Centre Theatre | SouthPasadenan.com | Lissa Layng Reynolds in A Woman of Independent Means

Told in letters, the book follows the remarkable life of Bess Steed Garner from her childhood in 1899 to her death in 1977. In the reading, Ms. Reynolds will begin in the early 1900′,sharing Bess’ letters as we accompany her as she endures life’s trials and triumphs with unfailing courage and indomitable spirit: the sacrifices love sometimes requires of the heart, the flaws and rewards of marriage, and the will to defy a society that demands conformity.

If you have seen the play (or reading) or have read the book, this is a wonderful opportunity to connect with this special play/book again.

If not, this is a treat you won’t want to miss.


MEETING PLACE:  South Pasadena Senior Center 1102 Oxley.

Enter at the far right (ramp)

Notice about parking:

 The SPUSD lot is usually available for public parking. WISPPA thanks the school district for the use of the lot.

 In general, please be aware of the 2 hour parking restrictions around the Library and Senior Center. The further away from Library and Center, parking restrictions become 3 hours. So again — Read The Signs!