UpClose: Kim Masters in conversation with Lawrence Wright

KCRW, Writers Bloc & The Hollywood Reporter Present UpClose: Kim Masters in conversation with Lawrence Wright

Thu. 02/28 | 7:00PM (Doors) @ New Roads School's Moss Theater (map)

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The Kim Masters/Lawrence Wright Upclose event is Sold out. Consider joining us for UPCLOSE: Michael Silverblatt in conversation with Jamaica Kincaid

On Thursday, February 28, join KCRW, Writers Bloc, and The Hollywood Reporter for a evening of conversation with Kim Masters and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, screenwriter and playwright Lawrence Wright. Kim Masters, KCRW’s host of The Business, will sit down with Wright to discuss his latest book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief.

This will be a candid conversation about the inner workings of Scientology, its charismatic founder L. Ron Hubbard, and why so many in Hollywood are drawn to the church. To gain understanding and insight Wright conducted extensive interviews with former Church leaders, some of whom have just now been speaking publicly for the first time.

The conversation will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. 

The evening will take place at New Roads School's Ann and Jerry Moss Theater: a brand new, state of the art theatre located on the New Roads campus in Santa Monica.

In Partnership with New Roads School


KCRW’s UpClose event series features KCRW on-air personalities in lively and compelling conversations with some of the leading figures in film, art, politics, literature and pop-culture. Created in 2010, each UpClose event takes place before a live audience.


Lawrence Wright is an author, screenwriter, playwright, and a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. His history of al-Qaeda, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Knopf, 2006) was published to immediate and widespread acclaim, spending eight weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and being translated into twenty-five languages. It was nominated for multiple awards, awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, and was pronounced “one of the 100 best nonfiction books ever written” by Time Magazine. Wright is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also serves as the keyboard player in the Austin-based blues band, Who Do.

To listen to Lawrence Wright's recent interview with Kim Masters on The Business, click here.


Kim Masters is Editor-at-Large of the The Hollywood Reporter and host of KCRW’s The Business – the show that brings you the who, how and what of the entertainment industry. In 2012, The Business won the Gracie Award for Outstanding Talk Show in the Entertainment/Information category for Public Radio. In 2011, Masters won Entertainment Journalist of the Year from the L.A. Press Club for her work on The Business and The Hollywood Reporter. Kim Masters is the author of The Keys to the Kingdom: The Rise of Michael Eisner and the Fall of Everybody Else and co-author, with Nancy Griffin, of Hit & Run: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood.


KCRW 89.9FM is an NPR affiliate serving Southern California and licensed to Santa Monica College. The public radio station represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. KCRW’s programming is internationally renowned and available worldwide at KCRW.com. KCRW offers an all-music channel, Eclectic24, an all news channel and on-air simulcast. Podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances are available on our website, as well as on our smartphone apps for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry.


Writers Bloc Presents is a nonprofit literary series now in its 17th season. Writers Bloc brings to Los Angeles their favorite writers, artists and social critics who have made a significant impact on our cultural landscape to hear them talk about their ideas with other writers, artists and personalities.


The Hollywood Reporter is the definitive interpretive voice of the entertainment industry. Informing, engaging and empowering content is delivered across a multimedia platform that includes: a weekly magazine, bi-monthly special reports, quarterly glossies, a Website, a daily news PDF, iPad app and events. The Hollywood Reporter is read by the most powerful people in the entertainment industry and the most influential consumers who follow it – those who shape desire, set trends and ultimately drive culture – providing an unmatched level of access and influence.


Schaffer’s Geniune Foods is a full service event company based in Venice, CA. Chefs Charlie and Kathleen Schaffer embrace the very best ingredients California has to offer. Schaffer’s Genuine Foods is a certified sustainable company providing unmatched food and service throughout Southern California.


Tickets go on sale Monday, January 28 @ 10am through kcrw.com/upclose.
$20 (general admission, seated)
Tickets are limited & available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Please email events@kcrw.org or contact KCRW Membership at 310-314-4635 between the hours of 10am & 5pm, Monday – Friday.


The New Roads School’s Ann and Jerry Moss Theater is located at:

3131 Olympic Blvd.

Santa Monica, 90404

Limited parking is available in the New Roads parking lot, located between Olympic Blvd. and Nebraska ( enter via westbound Olympic Blvd.); limited street parking is also available nearby, particularly on Nebraska.  Please make sure to read signs carefully as much of the nearby areas are restricted.

When and where is the show? 
Thursday, February 28th
Lobby doors: 7pm; Show: 8pm
The Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre
at New Roads School
3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, 90404 
How do I purchase tickets? 
Tickets are available through KCRW.com/upclose.

When do tickets go on-sale? 
Tickets become available on Monday, January 28 at 10am.

How much are tickets and how many can I purchase? 
All seats are $20 (general admission). There is an 8 ticket limit per household.

What happens after I order my tickets online? 
When your order is complete you will receive a confirmation number on the tix.com site. You will also be sent a confirmation email from tix.com within five minutes. Tix.com will send out your tickets via 1st class mail within two weeks of your purchase and KCRW will send you important show information via email by Tuesday, February 26th.

When will I get my tickets? 
You should receive your tickets within 2 weeks of purchase.

What can I do if I am having trouble placing my order online? 
Please call KCRW Membership between 10am and 5pm, Monday-Friday at 310-314-4635 or email events@kcrw.org.

How big is the venue? 
This state-of-the-art venue seats 350 people.

Will there be food and drinks available at the venue?
Yes, there will be food and drink available for purchase both pre and post show.  Concession sales are cash only.
Is there parking at the venue?
Limited self parking is available in the New Roads School lot, with additional street parking in the nearby area.  Please make sure to check signs, as most parking nearby is restricted.  KCRW will send out parking instructions in an “important night-of-show information” email a few days before the event.
What is the show’s running time?
The on-stage portion of the event will last approximately 1 hour, with a book signing to follow.
Once I place an order, can I change the credit card number to be billed? 
Unfortunately, once an order is processed, we cannot change the credit card number.
Can I cancel my order? 
No. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.
Is the ticket price tax deductible? 
Tickets are partially tax-deductible. The portion of your ticket purchase price that exceeds the fair market value of the event is tax-deductible. For more information please contact KCRW Membership between 10am and 5pm, Monday – Friday at 310-314-4635.

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