An Audience of One: Playwright Mallery Avidon on Writing for Herself

Playwright Mallery Avidon mines her unconventional childhood for her new play, “O Guru Guru Guru, or why I don’t want to go to yoga class with you.”

“Part of that unconventional upbringing has to do with the ashram that Elizabeth Gilbert goes to in the book ‘Eat Pray Love,’ that Julia Roberts goes to in the movie ‘Eat Pray Love.’ The play is an investigation of the way that unconventional spirituality affected my life,” says Avidon.

“O Guru Guru Guru” opened Friday in the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville. The play runs through April 7 in the Victor Jory Theatre. 

WFPL’s Erin Keane talks with Avidon about spirituality, self-actualization and the perils of writing auto-biography for the stage. 

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