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Dedicated to Henry Beston's literary classic, The Outermost House, and the spirit of life on the Great Outer Beach of Cape Cod

Spirit of Bestonís The Outermost House comes to Eastham via actorís reading Labor Day weekend

Marvin Einhorn


The spirit of the late Henry Beston will be alive and well over Labor Day weekend when film, television and Broadway actor Marvin Einhorn performs a reading of Beston's The Outermost House, a script by New York playwright Cynthia L. Cooper, at the Chapel in the Pines on Samoset Road on Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Einhorn, whose film credits include A League of Their Own and A Beautiful Mind, will take on the role of Henry Beston in this performance. The setting is Coast Guard Beach on Oct. 11, 1964, when Beston's famous beach house was dedicated as a National Literary Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. His Cape Cod literary classic, The Outermost House, was published 75 years ago and is based on "a year of life on the great beach of Cape Cod." Cooper eloquently describes both the moods of Beston and his recollections of his life. "Slowly, Henry steps off the podium, reaches for sand and lets it run through his fingers, like a timer; he smells the sand, and rubs it all around his hands," Cooper writes.

Einhorn, who was also a director (Mr. Wizard, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News) at NBC for 30 years, was first introduced to the works of Henry Beston nearly 50 years ago after reading an essay, A Journal for Henry Beston, by Winfield Townley Scott. This inspired him to contact Beston personally and ask his permission to reenact his story, which the author was more than happy to grant. "From that day forward, this special story of a man who committed to a year of his life, four seasons in solitude observing his natural surroundings on the great beach of Cape Cod, became part of my life as an actor, as an interpreter and as a man in the natural world," Einhorn said.

Einhorn most recently performed the reading of The Outermost House at Backgate State in New York City. His performances in Eastham will be as a benefit for WOMR-FM, Outermost Community Radio, in Provincetown, and The Henry Beston Society, organized in 2002 to stimulate interest in and promote education about his life, works and philosophy -- with emphasis on his time spent on Cape Cod.

For more information, call WOMR at (800) 921-9667, or the Henry Beston Society at (508) 643-0887. Tickets are $15 at the door.