Former UI Director of the Center for New Performing Arts Martha Ann Letterman will read from Scarlet Cinders. The novel explores the 1950s and 60s in Washington, DC and Atlantic City, from the point of view of a young girl at a pivotal time of American cultural change. An historic family tourist house is torn down to make way for a modern apartment building, a family beach resort is transformed into a gambling playground, and her parents go from a life of social involvement and high fashion to one of isolation. Scarlet Cinders, originally developed as a series of vignettes for performance, is a novel the three acts filled with joy, sadness and humor.
Letterman was the stage director of the UI Opera Theatre and the Center for New Performing Arts from 1973-1978. She received a MFA degree in Acting and Directing from the U of Iowa and subsequently was appointed as stage director of the UI Opera Theatre and Director of The Center for New Performing Arts from 1973 -1978.
Martha Letterman has worked with artists from the Broadway Stage, the Metropolitan and City Operas, and has directed on stages across the US. She now lives in Cumberland, Maryland, and travels to Washington, DC, her hometown, and to New York City where she continues her work as a consultant.