Larry Vincent was just a few years out of high school when the idea for a comic play came to him in 1976. At the time, Vincent was a student at KU Med, studying to become a radiologist. But his love for the theatre had not dimmed, and so he set about sketching out the story of an off-the-walls Kansas City mother who throws a surprise pre-wedding reception for her daughter — who only wanted a small ceremony and little fanfare.
Vincent and a group of local improv actors, including several former SM East students (Vincent himself graduated from SM East in 1969), rented a room at the Raphael on the Plaza and tried the material out before an audience. Vincent then refined the work and readied it for full production. “Reception” had its official debut at the Three Muses Theater in New York in 1978 and went on to subsequent productions in New Jersey and Massachusetts.
Vincent went on to a primary career as a radiologist in Boston, but spent a good deal of his free time tinkering with theatre and penning books. His seventh and latest is a novelization of that 1978 play and sharing its name, “Reception.”
You can check out the book on Amazon here.