Actor John Hawkes set for Q-and-A at Avon Theatre

After garnering widespread praise for his role as the poet Mark O’Brien in “The Sessions,” actor John Hawkes will join fans for a screening of the film at Stamford’s Avon Theatre on Sunday, March 3 at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets, which cost $11 for nonmembers and $6 for members, can be purchased at the box office or by calling 203-967-3660. Hawkes will answer questions from the audience following the screening.

Based on the autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, “The Sessions” tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined — at age 38 — to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapist (Helen Hunt, who earned and Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film) and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality.

Hawkes, 53, won Best Actor from the Independent Spirit Awards and was nominated for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for his role in “The Sessions.” He is also known for his portrayal of the merchant Sol Star on the HBO series “Deadwood,” Dustin Powers on “Eastbound & Down” and his Academy Award-nominated performance as the menacing backwoods meth addict Teardrop in “Winter’s Bone.”

Scott Gargan