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PORTSMOUTH – Acclaimed writer Mona Awad arrives at the Music Hall on Thursday, September 2 as part of the Writers on a New England Stage series and performs in front of a live audience. She will be discussing her highly anticipated new book, Alles gut, a potent and subversive novel about a theater professor who believes he is directing Shakespeare’s most maligned play will cure whatever ails her, but at a cost. The Music Hall has been welcoming community members and book lovers in person to the first live writers at a New England Stage event since January 2020.

The 7:00 p.m. event will include an author presentation followed by an on-stage interview with Peter Biello, the host of the afternoon news magazine All Things Considered on New Hampshire Public Radio.

“After many dreary days for all of us during this pandemic, I am eager to connect personally with people and get back on the physical stage to discuss the theater world and the way we experience and process pain, like Awad in this detailed description describes dark, funny novel, ”said Biello.


Miranda Fitch’s life is a waking nightmare. The accident that ended her aspiring acting career left her with excruciating, chronic back pain; a failed marriage; and increasing reliance on pain medication. And now she’s about to lose her college theater director job. Determined to direct Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, the play that promised her everything and cost her everything, she faces a mutinous cast determined to stage Macbeth instead. Miranda sees her chance for salvation slip through her fingers.

Then she meets three strange benefactors who eerily know Miranda’s past and have a tantalizing promise for her future: One in which the show continues, her rebellious students get what to expect, and the invisible dubious pain that keeps them out of the limelight discourages being made known.

Mona Awad has invented her strongest, most subversive novel to date with prose that Margaret Atwood described as “no blows, no hilarity dodged … genius.” All’s Well is the story of a woman at her breaking point and a formidable, piercingly funny indictment against our collective refusal to witness and believe female pain.


Mona Awad is the author of “13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl and Bunny,” which was named Best Book of 2019 by Time, Vogue, and The New York Public Library, a finalist for the New England Book Award. Bunny is currently in development as an AMC series, written by Megan Mostyn-Brown. She has published work in the New York Times Magazine, Time, VICE, Electric Literature, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere.


Tickets are $ 13.75. A book voucher (“All’s Well”, $ 27.00 hardcover) must be purchased for every 1-2 tickets sold. Vouchers can be redeemed for signed copies of “Alles gut” on the evening of the event. Packages can be purchased online at, by calling 603-436-2400, or in person at the B2W box office in the Historic Theater at 28 Chestnut Street in Portsmouth.