Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Smithsonian Natural History Museum to Preview The Handmaid's Tale, April 19

Elisabeth Moss stars in The Handmaid's Tale

From our friends at Smithsonian Associates...

Margaret Atwood and Elisabeth Moss Discuss New Hulu Series The Handmaid's Tale at Smithsonian Associates Event

Series will launch on April 29 on streaming service

Smithsonian Associates presents an exclusive series preview of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale Wednesday, April 19, at 7 PM in Baird Auditorium at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. In an evening that features film clips and a panel with Margaret Atwood, the book's author and series' consulting producer; Elisabeth Moss, star of the series; Bruce Miller, show creator, writer and executive producer; and Warren Littlefield, executive producer, the audience will get a sneak peek at the show, which debuts April 26, and learn about its making.

The series is based on Atwood's novel, The Handmaid's Tale, a chilling story of life in the totalitarian dystopia of Gilead, that has captured the imaginations of readers around the world since its publication in 1985. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead (formerly the United States) is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Moss) is a Handmaid, one of a caste forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate the world. The series follows her fight to survive and to find the daughter that was taken from her.

Ticket prices for the Smithsonian Associates' presentation are $40 for general admission and $30 for Associate members. For tickets and information, the public may call (202) 633-3030 or visit

Smithsonian Associates-the largest museum-based education program in the world-produces vibrant educational and cultural programming inspired by the Smithsonian's research, collections and exhibitions. Each year more than 750 individual programs are presented to spark creativity and excite learning in people of all ages in the Washington, DC, area and across the country. Smithsonian Associates brings the Smithsonian to life through seminars, performances, lectures, studio arts classes and local and regional study tours, as well as many engaging programs for children, including performances and summer day camps.