An hour with one of the most cherished American humorists of the 20th century will be offered at the Camden Public Library Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Actor David Foster will present a performance of “Thurber’s Theatre: An Evening with the Inscrutable Male.”

Foster is returning to the downtown library’s Reading Room for another hour of guaranteed laughter after standing-room-only performances the past three summers.

James Thurber (1894-1961) grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and found his way to The New Yorker magazine in the late 1920s, where he joined Harold Ross and E. B. White to put a unique and indelible stamp on American culture. In more than 300 cartoons and hundreds of stories, Thurber portrayed the bittersweet war between the sexes, the fantasies that shield man’s inability to cope with life, our fascination with crime and his own hilarious memories of growing up in a family beset with “crotchets.” Favorites from each of these themes will be performed, including “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “The Night the Bed Fell on Father,” “Mr. Preble Gets Rid of His Wife” and a host of others.

Throughout his career as a lawyer, political advocate and business executive, Foster has pursued an amateur vocation in the theater as an actor, director, producer and teacher of acting and stagecraft. He acted in school and community productions in his native Iowa and, prior to moving to Oxford, Md., in 1983, performed with numerous theater companies in the Washington, D.C. area. Past president of Oxford’s Tred Avon Players, he has appeared on its stage in many roles.

While summering in the Camden and Belfast areas, Foster has been on stage for the Belfast Maskers, has directed productions for the Maskers and the Fifteen Minute Play Festival and frequently entertains for Elderhostel tours. At the Camden Public Library, Foster performed “Meet Mr. Mencken: An Evening with the Sage of Baltimore” in 2007; “The Magic of American Humor” in 2008; and “The Irreplaceable Mark Twain” in 2009.

“Thurber’s Theatre” is the latest of David Foster’s platform presentations and was introduced to library, campus and retirement community audiences earlier this year. This will be its first performance in Maine. The performance is free.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to