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Happy Holidays from Stories on Stage

BookTree1-550x550Happy Holidays and Merry Bookmas from Stories on Stage

We’re taking a break this month, but if you’re looking for something to do with your December Final Friday, may we suggest a glass of wine, a lively fire, and a good book? Or, several good books – all from the wonderful writers who made 2014 such a great season. Here they are, in order:

  • January –  Marisa SilverMary Coin, Alone With You 
  • March –  Natalie Baszile, Queen Sugar
  • April  – Peter Orner, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, Love and Shame and Love
  • May  – Kate Milliken, If I’d Known You Were Coming and Joey Garcia, When Your Heart Breaks It’s Opening to Love
  • June  –  Tom Barbash, Stay Up With Me
  • July  –  Kirstin ChenSoy Sauce for Beginners
  • August  –  Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
  • September –  Michael Spurgeon, Let The Water Hold Me Down, and Anara Guard, Remedies for Hunger
  • October  –  Katie Crouch, Abroad
  • November  – Evan Morgan Williams, Thorn, and Valerie Fioravanti, Garbage Night at the Opera

Coming up soon: our 2015 season announcement! Watch this space….and mark all the Final Fridays of 2015 on your calendar as must-attend Stories on Stage events!

Many, many thanks to our sponsors and volunteers – The Sacramento Poetry Center, The Avid Reader, Pushkin’s Bakery, our casting director Peggi Wood, Tatiana Morfas, Ana Cotham, Tim Foley, Geoffrey Neill, Ruth Blank, Kevin McKenna, Corinne Litchfield, David Hagarty, Joey Garcia, and to Valerie Fioravanti, founder and guiding spirit.

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November at Stories on Stage: Evan Morgan Williams and Valerie Fioravanti

We’re celebrating the conclusion of our fifth successful season with our  annual

Sharat Chandra Fiction Prize event

 featuring this year’s winner

Evan Morgan Williams

also featuring

former Sharat Chandra Fiction Prize winner and Stories on Stage founder

Valerie Fioravanti

Readings by Jeff and Susan Webster and Gay Cooper

November 28, 2014

Sacramento Poetry Center

Doors open 7PM, readings begin at 7:30

$5 donation suggested

 

Evan Morgan Evan WilliamsWilliams’ collection of short stories, Thorn, is the 2013 winner of the Sharat Chandra Fiction Prize, awarded by BkMk Press (University of Missouri – Kansas City) and judged by Al Young. Williams earned his MFA at the University of Montana. He has published over forty stories in literary magazines including Witness, Kenyon Review, ZYZZYVA, Antioch Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Northwest Review. He lives with his family in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches in a public school. To read selections of his work and learn more about him, visit his blog, Stories and News http://bit.ly/storiesandnews

Valerie Fioravanti

Valerie Fioravanti is the author of Garbage Night at the Opera, winner of the 2011 Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. Her work has appeared in many literary magazines, including North American Review, Cimarron Review, and Hunger Mountain. Her fiction has received four Pushcart Prize nominations, and a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy. Valerie works privately as a writing teacher, editor, and mentor. “The Tough Guy Test” is taken from her recently completed second collection, Bridge & Tunnel. Her website is http://www.valeriefioravanti.com/

 

We are happy to welcome back Stories on Stage favorites Gay Cooper and Jeff Webster as this month’s readers. Jeff will be joined by his wife, Susan, in reading Evan Williams‘ short story “Ivory” from his prize-winning collection Thorn. Gay Cooper will read “The Tough Guy Test” from Valerie Fioravanti’s new collection, Bridge & Tunnel.

Jeff Webster

Sue WebsterThis is Jeff Webster’s ’s fourth appearance at Stories on Stage, and he is very pleased to be reading with his wife, Susan. Jeff had been active in the Sacramento theater scene for several years before he and Susan retired to the Tucson area in 2013. Fortunately, he has found a lively theater community in the desert. He recently played Paul in Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffaloand Detective Sergeant Troughton in Ray Cooney’s  Run for Your Wife. Susan Webster is pleased to co-read “Ivory” with her husband Jeff. In college, she was cast in several plays, including the leading role of Beatrice in A View from the Bridge. More recently, she played multiple roles in a medical training video and Mary in the short film, A Love Remembered. Sue has been a hospice volunteer for 21 years, both in Sacramento and in Green Valley, Arizona.

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Gay Cooper is thrilled to be returning to Stories on Stage. She is an actor who has worked with many theater companies in town, including Resurrection Theater, Big Idea Theater, Kolt Run Creations, and California Stage.  She has also worked in commercials and industrial films. Gay has had the pleasure of participating in previous Chandra Prize winner celebrations and is a Stories on Stage favorite, reading for both the Sacramento series as well as Davis.

We are looking for emerging writers! If you have a story you think would fit the Stories on Stage format (2500 – 4500 words, literary fiction, plenty of scene and dialogue) we’d love to hear from you. Send in pdf or word document to suestaats@comcast.net.

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September Authors and Actors at Stories on Stage

Michael Spurgeon

author of

Let The Water Hold Me Down

and

Anara Guard

author of

Remedies for Hunger

Stories on Stage at the Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th St.

Friday, September 26 at 7:30 PM

Doors open at 7PM. $5 Donation suggested

Michael Spurgeoon1Our featured writer, Michael Spurgeon, is the author of Let The Water Hold Me Down, a novel of friendship, love, and betrayal set in the Mexican state of Chiapas during the 1994 Zapatista rebellion. Michael was living  in San Cristobal de Las Casas at the time of the uprising. He is currently a tenured professor of English at American River College, and his writing has appeared in regional and national journals, including The North American ReviewSonora ReviewThe Packinghouse Review, and many others. He is the author of two short collections of poems–Valente’s Delicate Wrist (Talent House Press, 1998) and Prosthetic Breath & Other Poems (3300 Press, 1995)–and his poetry has been anthologized in Burning the Little Candle (Ad Lumen Press, 2013) and Late Peaches: Poems by Sacramento Poets (SPC Press, 2013). He is co-founder and Board President of 916 Ink, a Sacramento area non-profit dedicated to promoting children’s literacy through creative writing. Let The Water Hold Me Down (Ad Lumen Press 2013) is his first novel.

Tim GaffaneyAn excerpt from Michael’s novel will be read by Tim Gaffaney. Tim has performed on stage for nearly 40 years in musicals, comedies and dramas.   Local credits include Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing and the Waiter in She Loves Me (Davis Shakespeare Ensemble); La Fleche in Moliere’s The Miser and Wayne Wellacre in Inspecting Carole (Woodland Opera House); and Applegate in Damn Yankees (Davis Musical Theater Company). He formerly performed with the Foundry Players of Washington, DC, and helped launch the Capital City Players before returning to California.  He has volunteered as a news and fiction reader for the blind in Washington, DC and Sacramento. Tim also serves as casting director for our sister series, Stories on Stage Davis.

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Our emerging writer, Anara Guard, grew up in Chicago where her first job was tending the corner newsstand for a penny a minute while Carl the Newspaper Man ate his lunch. She later worked in a thrift shop, pharmacy, check clearinghouse, food co-op, community radio station, small town library, as a maid in a resort on the shores of Lake Michigan, and a women’s self-defense teacher. She studied writing at the Urban Gateways Young Writers Workshop of Chicago with Kathleen Agena, St. Joseph’s College with Stu Dybek, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference with Robert Cohen and Alix Ohlin. She graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston. Remedies for Hunger is her second collection of stories; in 2010, Back Pages Publishing issued The Sound of One Body. Her poetry has been published in Convergence and Late Peaches, an anthology of Sacramento poets.

Kristine DavidReading Anara’s story Zhee Zhou will be Kristine David.  An actor and musician, Kristine has been seen on many Sacramento stages including: B Street Theatre (Provenance, Bob), Capital Stage (Mauritius, Much Ado About Nothing), Sacramento Theater Company (Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet) & Big Idea Theatre (Inventing Van Gogh, Complete Female Stage Beauty.)

 

Copies of both books will be for sale at the event, thanks to

The Avid Reader

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August at Stories on Stage: Featured writers and actors

Our featured writer this month is

Anthony Marra

author of the widely acclaimed and PEN-shortlisted novel

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

appearing with Anthony is Sacramento writer

Julie Woodside

An excerpt from A Constellation of Vital Phenomena 

will be read by Ruby Sketchley

Julie Woodside’s short story The Stone Wall will be read by Tory Scroggins

THIS MONTH ONLY: STORIES ON STAGE WILL BE HELD AT

VERGE CENTER FOR THE ARTS

625 S Street, Sacramento

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

anthony-marra 2Anthony Marra’s debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, is a New York Times bestseller, on a dozen national “best ten” lists, the winner of the 2014 National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Prize,  on the shortlist for the 2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize for debut novel, and was recently named Book of the Year by the Northern California Independent Booksellers. Anthony has also won a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Narrative Prize, the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, and the inaugural 2014 Carla Furstenberg Cohen Fiction Award. He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where he now teaches as the Jones Lecturer in Fiction. He has lived and studied in Eastern Europe, and currently lives in Oakland, California. There’s more about Anthony at http://anthonymarra.net/

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Julie Woodside is a member of the Urban Hive, Coffee and Ink, and KMWriters writing groups. Her fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared in various on-line publications, and her poetry has been published in Tule Review and Poets INC.  She is currently working on a collection of short stories and her first novel. When not writing, she enjoys her semi-retirement job with a local manufacturer of outrigger canoes, as well as cooking, reading, and volunteering at local theatres.

 

 

Ruby Sketchley

Ruby Sketchley is currently a company member at Big Idea Theatre, She has also been seen in plays at KOLT, Resurrection Theatre, MSTW, Closet Door Theatre, and ASQP, and has served on the board of the Capital Film Arts Alliance.  She’s been seen on many television and radio commercials, as well as in feature and short films. With her husband, she runs a film production company, whose most recent project is a documentary on home death care. A veteran of several appearances at Stories on Stage, Ruby particularly values the experience of reading to an audience:  “Having a story read to me takes me back to my childhood, and that wonderful freedom to paint pictures in my mind. I hope the audience finds that same magic as they listen to the stories being presented at Stories on Stage.”

 

Tory Scroggins

Tory Scroggins began his career a make-up artist in Los Angeles, where he perfected the look of such famous faces as Beyoncé,  Janet Jackson and Usher. He transitioned to acting in 2000, and has since performed in nearly two dozen stage plays, in addition to appearances on television and in film. Tory moved to Sacramento two years ago, and is currently majoring in theatre arts at Sacramento City College. He recently appeared there in the play Scapino.  Tory can be seen in August Wilson’s Jitney, opening September 5th at The Celebration Arts Theatre. Follow him on twitter @ToryScroggins1

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August at Stories on Stage: Anthony Marra at Verge Center for the Arts

“She circled it with red ink and referred to it nightly. Life: a constellation of vital phenomena

–organization, irritability, movement, growth, reproduction, adaptation.”

from A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

A brilliant and beautiful story of love and sacrifice

set in wartime Chechnya

Stories on Stage is honored to present our featured writer for August

Anthony Marra

Friday, August 29, 2014

 Verge Center for the Arts

625 S Street, Sacramento

Doors open at 7PM; readings begin at 7:30.

$5 donation suggested.

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The New York Times Book Review called Anthony Marra’s debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, “a 21st-century War and Peace.” The Washington Post extolled it as “a flash in the heavens that makes you look up and believe in miracles.” Marra’s brilliant tale of love and forgiveness in war-torn Chechnya is a New York Times bestseller, on a dozen national “best ten” lists, the winner of the 2014 National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Prize,  on the shortlist for the 2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize for debut novel, and was recently named Book of the Year by the Northern California Independent Booksellers.

In addition to the honors mentioned above, Marra is the winner of a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize,  the Narrative Prize, the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, and the inaugural 2014 Carla Furstenberg Cohen Fiction Award.  A Constellation of Vital Phenomena was a National Book Award longlist selection as well as a shortlist selection for the Flaherty-Dunnan first novel prize. Marra’s work has also been anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012.

Marra received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where he now teaches as the Jones Lecturer in Fiction. He has lived and studied in Eastern Europe, and currently resides in Oakland, California. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is his first novel. Find more information about him at http://anthonymarra.net/

Stories on Stage, the popular, award-winning series where actors perform short stories, is celebrating its fifth year. It takes place on the final Friday of each month, customarily at the Sacramento Poetry Center. But because of the anticipated size of the audience, the August event will be held at Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S Street, Sacramento.

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June at Stories on Stage: Tom Barbash and Olga Zilberbourg

He’s a playwright who can’t stay awake.

She’s a Russian immigrant too easily fooled.

Two characters. Two stories you won’t be able to forget.

This month at Stories on Stage Sacramento

Tom Barbash

and a reading of the title story from his collection, Stay Up With Me, by actor Dougie Pieper

with emerging writer Olga Zilberbourg

whose story,  What Goes Around, will be read by Elise Marie Hodge

SAVE THE DATE!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Doors open at 7, readings begin at 7:30

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In addition to the short-story collection Stay Up With Me, TOM BARBASH is the author of the award-winning novel The Last Good Chance and the nonfiction book On Top of the World: Cantor FitzgeraldHoward Lutnick, and 9/11—A Story of Loss and Renewal, which was a New York Times bestseller. His stories and articles have been published in Tin HouseMcSweeney’sVQR and other publications, and have been performed on National Public Radio for their Selected Shorts series. Barbash currently teaches in the MFA program at California College of the Arts. He grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and currently lives in Marin County, California.

 

Dougie Pieper

Dougie Pieper is an actor, radio personality, and occasional superhero. In his 22-year theatre career, he’s been nominated for an ELLY for his work in The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow and appeared to critical acclaim in Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, and The Boys Next Door. He’s bared it all on stage as Mitch in The Little Dog Laughed, and delighted audiences as the loveable Timmy Boggs in The Last Time I Saw Timmy Boggs. Doug was the COOL 101.9 on air movie review critic; and has swung between tall buildings as Spiderman for MARVEL Comics Appearance Company. Dougie lives in Natomas with his husband and their 3 dogs.

 

Olga Zilberbourg was b???????????????????????????????orn in St. Petersburg, Russia and moved to the United States at the age of seventeen. Her first two books of fiction were published in St. Petersburg, where her parents still reside. Where Does the Sea Flow, a short film based on one of Olga’s stories, recently was a finalist at the Manhattan Short Film Festival. Olga’s English-language writing has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Santa Monica Review, J Journal, Eleven Eleven, Prick of the Spindle, HTMLGiant, and other print and online publications. Olga is a consulting editor at Narrative Magazine and is currently working on her first novel.

Elise Marie Hodge is an actor, director and producer whose full-length play, After Hours, enjoyed a successful three-week run at the Geery Theatre Nov 22-Dece15, 2013.  Through her own production company, EMH Productions,  she has produced, directed, and acted in a wide variety of projects including Beggars in the House of Plenty (actor/stage manager)Catholic School Girls (actor), My Fellow Creatures (director/producer), Liar (producer/actor)Dog Sees God:  Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (director/producer), and Moving Mountains (producer/actor. For details on these and upcoming productions visit www.emhpros.weebly.com.  She’s thrilled to be making her second appearance at Stories on Stage!

 

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April at Stories on Stage: Peter Orner and Naomi Williams

Bringing back TWO Stories on Stage favorites!

Selected stories from Peter Orner’s new short story collection

Last Car Over The Sagamore Bridge

read by Tim Kahl

and

Naomi Williams’

Tsunami Debris

read by Kelley Ogden

Friday, April 25, 2014

Doors open at 7, readings begin at 7:30

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Peter Orner’s latest short story collection, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, was a New York Times Top Ten Book of the Year and a Wall Street Journal Favorite Book for 2013.  His novel Love and Shame and Love was a New York Times Editor’s Choice book.  The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, set in Namibia, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Orner’s first book, Esther Stories was a Finalist for the Pen Hemingway Award and was re-issued in April, 2013. Orner’s work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Granta, McSweeney’s, and Best American Stories. He also writes the Lonely Voice column for The Rumpus, an on-line website.  Born in Chicago, Peter Orner lives in San Francisco and is a Professor at San Francisco State.

Tim Kahl

Tim Kahl is the author of Possessing Yourself  (CW Books, 2009) and The Century of Travel (CW Books, 2012). His work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Notre Dame Review, The Journal, Parthenon West Review, and many other journals. He appears as “Victor Schnickelfritz” at the poetry and poetics blog The Great American Pinup and the poetry video blog Linebreak Studios.  Tim’s involved in numerous other creative ventures: if you’re curious click, here http://www.timkahl.com. He is Vice-president and events coordinator of The Sacramento Poetry Center, and has appeared several times at Stories on Stage.

Naomi Williams

Naomi J. Williams’ first novel, LANDFALLS, a fictional retelling of the 18th-century Lapérouse expedition, is due out in the spring of 2015 from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Her short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals, including A Public Space, One Story, The Southern Review, Ninth Letter, and The Gettysburg Review. She’s been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times and won once, and received an honorable mention in Best American Short Stories. This month’s story, “Tsunami Debris,” appeared in the Bridport Prize anthology in 2012. Naomi blogs about writing, reading, and life in general at naomijwilliams.wordpress.com.

Kelley OgdenKelley Ogden is a Sacramento performer, writer and theater producer. She works primarily with KOLT Run Creations, the acclaimed fringe theater she co-founded with wife Lisa Thew. A multiple Elly Award winner, Kelley has performed in theaters across the country, most notably in Chicago, where she earned Chicago Theater League awards for her classical and Shakespearean work. Kelley is delighted to collaborate with Stories On Stage in their fifth season.

At the Sacramento Poetry Center

1719 25th Street, Sacramento

Doors open 7PM, readings begin at 7:30

$5 donation

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Join us as we celebrate the beginning of our fifth season with NY Times best-selling author Marisa Silver

Friday, January 24, 2014, 7:30PM

(please note the date. It’s one week earlier than usual)

Marisa Silver, author of NY Times best-seller Mary Coin 
will be joined by Pushcart Prize nominee Charlene Logan Burnett

Featuring “Three Girls” from Marisa Silver’s
acclaimed short story collection Alone With You 
read by Elizabeth Holzman and Charlene Logan Burnett’s
“Buster Divaggio Returns” read by Steve Buri

Sacramento Poetry Center

1719 25th Street(@R)
Donation: $5
Doors open 7PM

 FEATURED WRITERS & PERFORMERS

Marisa SilverMarisa Silver’s most recent novel,  Mary Coin, is a New York Times Bestseller and was included on NPR’s and the BBC’s list of best books for 2013. Her novel, The God of War, published in 2008, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction. Her second collection of stories, Alone With You, includes the O. Henry Prize-winning story “The Visitor.” Her fiction has been published  in The New Yorker numerous times, and included The Best American Short Stories and other anthologies. There’s lots more: check out her website http://marisasilver.com/index.html

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Elizabeth Holzman is excited to become a part of Stories on Stage.  She is a Sacramento local and has worked within the community at Big Idea, Resurrection and Kolt Run theatres.  She can currently be seen romping around Northern California with the B Street Theatre School Tour.  She has always had a profound respect for the authors and playwrights who give her something to say and experience.

Charlene Logan Burnett

Charlene Logan Burnett  earned her M.F.A. in Playwriting from UC Davis. Her fiction and poetry has appeared or will appear in Animal, Menacing Hedge, RHINO, Weave Magazine, WomanArts Quarterly and other journals. She is on the editorial board of A Cappella Zoo. She is a recipient of a MacDowell Colony fellowship and a nominee for a Pushcart Press Award.

Steve Buri Steve Buri is an actor, director, and writer who has appeared with Ovation Stage, Lambda Players, Garbeau’s Dinner Theatre, Bob & Ro Productions and Closet Door Theatre Company. He will be appearing in Resurrection Theatre’s production of The Book of Liz this spring, and was recently featured in Sam Shepherd’s Buried Child at Ovation Stage. Steve studied acting in Chicago with Steppenwolf and at The Second City.

 The casting director for Stories on Stage is Peggi Wood. If you’re an actor and interested in reading, contact her at peggiwood@gmail.com

Stories on Stage is looking for good stories! If you’re a Sacramento-area “emerging” writer with a 2500 to 4500-word story that reads well out loud, send it to suestaats@comast.net. Only your very best work, please!

 

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