On Friday, June 28 we’re dabbling in dystopia and tinkering with time with novelist Maggie Shen King, author of An Excess Male, and Davis writer Scott Alumbaugh. Yes, it’s science fiction! With readings by Matthew Hanjoong and Ethan Ireland.

Imagine it’s China, sometime in the future – and the One Child policy has left the country with forty million excess males…and they all want wives. Or, in our second story, imagine you’re driving along the San Andreas fault with a guy you’re kind of sick of, and pick up a hitchhiker who seems vaguely familiar… For June, we’re thrilled to present two stories you won’t be able to forget from two amazing imaginations. 

Maggie Shen King Scott Alumbaugh

Maggie Shen King, author of The Excess Male,


Scott Alumbaugh, author of the short story “San Andreas Fault”

Friday, June 28, at the auditorium at CLARA, 1425 24th Street, Sacramento

Doors open at 7PM, readings begin at 7:30

A $10 donation is suggested


about our writers

Novelist and short story writer Maggie Shen King’s dystopian novel An Excess Male was named one of The Washington Post’s 5 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels of 2017 and was both a James Tiptree, Jr. and Lambda Literary Award Finalist. She was the  Goodreads September 2017 Debut Author the Month. Her short stories have appeared in the The New York Times, Ecotone, ZYZZYVA, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and more. Her manuscript Fortune’s Fools, won Second Prize in Amazon’s 2012 Breakthrough Novel Award. Maggie grew up in Taiwan and attended both Chinese and American schools before moving to Seattle at age sixteen.

She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area

Scott Alumbaugh is the author of the novella Will Kill for Food, a winner of the 2014 Black Hill Press Summer Writing Project. He has published fiction in StoryQuarterly and in Hunger Mountain Review, where his story “Fire Illness” was runner-up for the 2017 Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize. His essays have appeared in Los Angeles Lawyer and Bay Crossings. Scott currently runs Sea Dog Designs, a web, print, and graphic design business, which he founded in 2000. His wide-ranging career has included working as an attorney and  teaching legal writing,  and he’s also been a sailing instructor, radio producer and host, theater manager, stage crew for a traveling Gilbert and Sullivan repertory company, ESL instructor in Japan, and, as he says, “a number of other jobs not worth mentioning.” 

He’s an avid cyclist and lives in Davis with his family  

about our readers

Matthew HanjoonWe’re pleased to welcome Matthew Hanjoong to Stories on Stage Sacramento. Matthew is a graduate of California State University Sacramento and  with a major in Theatre, and recently completed an apprenticeship with Capitol Stage, where he was featured in the Apprentice Showcase and Playwrights’ Revolution, a showcase of new work. He’s appeared in productions at Sac State, American River College, and Fair Oaks Playhouse. 

Ethan Ireland 2Ethan Ireland is a multidisciplinary veteran of the film, television and theater trade, with sixteen years as a working professional in both performance and technical roles. The son of noted ‘lit noir’ author Patrick Ireland, Ethan is a writer & director of several short films, and has worked as a voice actor and a performer for both stage and screen since 1995. Most recently he appeared  in EMH’s productions of After Hours and An Almost Perfect Person.  He has performed at Now Hear This: A Story and Music Performance Series produced by Atim Udoffia.

About Stories on Stage Sacramento

For ten years, Stories on Stage Sacramento has brought you the best in literature, read by actors, and this year we’re celebrating this big milestone by returning to our full, ten-event season.

We’re proud of our record, as an all-volunteer, donation-based organization, of bringing the best in literary fiction, read by actors, to a growing Sacramento audience. Our six 2017 events featured work by Steve Almond, Deborah Willis, Josh Barkan, Vanessa Hua, Joshua Mohr, the Los Rios Writers, and Josh Weil, as well as several of Sacramento’s notable emerging writers.

Our 2018 season featured the writers Anne Raeff, Mira T. Lee, Elizabeth Tallent, Bob Sylva, Kirstin Chen, Tommy Orange, Vanessa Hua, Melissa Yancy and Dana Johnson. The dates for our 2018 season are: February 23, April 27, June 29, August 24, and October 26. In addition, our annual showcase featuring the Los Rios Writers will take place on Friday, September 28.

in 2019, we welcome Tom Barbash, Karen E Bender (a National Book Award finalist) Sharma Shields,  Janet Fitch,  Maggie Shen King and exciting new writers Sarah Stone, Devi Lasker,  Fred D’Aguiar, Simeon Mills,  Christine O’Brien., and Jen Alandy Trahan. And we’ll welcome back the Los Rios Writers. Plus outstanding work by local writers. 

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