In Conversation at the Colonial

Speaker Series Begins December 2, 2021
Tickets for individual events on sale through the links below.

Emerson Colonial Theatre
106 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116


Join in the conversation with four speakers as they discuss everything from the spiritual to the serial, the ironic to the out-of-this-world. Please note: conversations with Anne Lamott and Sarah Koenig have been rescheduled to 2022.

Fran Lebowitz: December 2, 2021
Sarah Koenig: March 14, 2022
Anne Lamott: April 12, 2022
Neil Gaiman: April 29, 2022
Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz
Thursday, December 2, 2021
8:00 p.m.

In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, Fran Lebowitz stands out as one of our most insightful social commentators. Her essays and interviews offer her acerbic views on current events and the media – as well as pet peeves including tourists, baggage-claim areas, after-shave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan. 

Join In Conversation at the Colonial following Lebowitz’s Netflix 2021 special directed by Martin Scorsese “Pretend It’s a City.” A limited documentary series, “Pretend It's a City” was nominated for the 2021 Emmys in the Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series category. The New York Times Book Review calls Lebowitz an “important humorist in the classic tradition.” Purveyor of urban cool, Lebowitz is a cultural satirist whom many call the heir to Dorothy Parker.

Sarah Koenig

Sarah Koenig
Monday, March 14, 2022
8:00 p.m.

Sarah Koenig is the host and co-creator of the award-winning podcast “Serial,” now heading into its fourth season. Launched in 2014, “Serial” is credited with bringing mainstream attention to the podcast format and has been downloaded more than 420 million times, making it the most listened-to podcast in the history of the form.

Join In the Conversation at the Colonial as Koenig shares her experience of one story told week by week. As The New York Times describes, “... I would follow Ms. Koenig’s work wherever it took her. She is an agile writer of cool, declarative sentences. Her voice — literate, probing, witty, seemingly without guile — is an intoxicating one to have in your head.”
Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
8:00 p.m.

Anne Lamott writes and speaks about subjects that begin with capital letters: Alcoholism, Motherhood, Jesus. But armed with self-effacing humor – she is laugh-out-loud funny – and ruthless honesty, Lamott converts her subjects into enchantment.

Join In Conversation at the Colonial for a discussion surrounding Lamott’s recent release Dusk Night Dawn: On Revival and Courage of which Publisher’s Weekly says, “Bestseller Lamott explores the relationships between personal anxieties and larger social concerns in these quiet, often darkly humorous reflections.” 
Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman
Friday, April 29, 2022
8:00 p.m.

“I make things up and write them down” is the way Neil Gaiman describes his varied art. Today, as one of the most celebrated writers of our time, his popular and critically acclaimed works bend genres while reaching audiences of all ages. 

Join In Conversation at the Colonial as Gaiman leads us into his fantastical worlds. As The Times of London says, “His prose is simple but poetic, his world strange but utterly believable—if he was South American we would call this magic realism rather than fantasy."
Enjoy a cold beverage, snack, or even a frosé, without getting up! Order from the comfort of your seat in the auditorium and a member of our staff will deliver it to you by using our Ordertorium app.

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