Featured Actors 4/11/15

Alana Mathews

Alana Mathews

Alana Mathews will read from Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile. She is excited about her debut with Stories on Stage Davis. In addition to performing for Stories on Stage Sacramento, she has appeared in several productions with Celebration Arts and received an Elly nomination for Best Lead Actress for her role of Marta in Sorrows and Rejoicings. She played Martha in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Sacramento Theatre Company. Mathews most enjoys the role of mom to her three children, Caleb, Jordan, and Josiah!

Sara Matsui-Colby

Sara Matsui-Colby

Sara Matsui-Colby will read “Study of an Orange” by Theresa Duve Morales. Matsui-Colby is a bilingual Japanese-American actress with a BA in Theater Arts and has studied Noh and Kyogen acting with Theatre of Yugen for three years. She has worked with theaters in both the Sacramento and Bay Areas and will be in Main Street Theatre Works’ production of Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play. In addition to theater, she has also worked on films and voice overs, and also teaches Japanese and acting. When she is not working, she enjoys practicing her shamisen, running, and making origami.

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Featured Authors 4/11/2015

Natalie Baszile

Natalie Baszile

Natalie Baszile has an MA in Afro-American Studies from UCLA and is a graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers, where she was a Holden Minority Scholar. An early version of Queen Sugar won the Hurston Wright College Writer’s Award and was a co-runner up in the Faulkner Pirate’s Alley Novel-in-Progress competition, and excerpts were published in Cairn and ZYZZYVA. She has had residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, where she was awarded the Sylvia Clare Brown fellowship, Virginia Center for the Arts, and Hedgebrook. Her non-fiction work has appeared in The Rumpus.net, Mission at Tenth, and The Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 9. Baszile is a former fiction editor at The Cortland Review and is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. She grew up in Southern California and lives in San Francisco with her family.

Theresa Duve Morales

Theresa Duve Morales

Theresa Duve Morales teaches middle school art in Woodland, California, where she lives with her husband and daughters. She’s had a story published in the anthology American Fiction: Volume 12, where it placed third in the American Fiction Prize contest, and another online in The Adirondack Review, where it won the Fulton Prize. A third story is forthcoming later this year in CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women.

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Announcing the Winners of the Stories on Stage Davis UC Davis Fiction Contest

We’re happy to announce the winners of the second annual Stories on Stage Davis UC Davis Fiction Contest: first place goes to Becky Mandelbaum for “Queen of England, and second place goes to Lissa Miller for “A Weak Mailed Fist.” Both stories will be performed at our May 9th event. Thanks to all who entered!
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Becky Mandelbaum is a first-year MA student in the creative writing program at UC Davis. She is originally from Wichita, Kansas, but spent the last five years in Lawrence, where she received the Lawrence Arts Center’s 2013 Langston Hughes Award for Fiction. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in South Dakota Review, Midwestern Gothic, and Kansas City Voices.

Lissa Miller is a second-year MA student in the creative writing program at UC Davis. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Redlands. After working for twenty-five years in the field of adult secondary education, she now writes both fiction and poetry and lives in Martinez, CA, with her family.

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Featured Actors 3/14/15

Christopher Wolfe

Christopher Wolfe

Christopher Wolfe will read from The Great Glass Sea by Josh Weil. Wolfe is a actor-writer-director pursuing his MFA in Dramatic Arts at UC Davis. He is currently directing and developing iGeneration, a funny, moving, and physical investigation how smartphones affect us, to be performed April 7, 9, 11, and 12, at the Arena Theater, UC Davis (for more information, visit iGenerationShow.tumblr.com). He recently performed as Sir Richard Plainman inThe Gambling Lady, a comedy of manners on the Main Stage at UCD. Previous performance and creative work include his two solo shows You Are Here (about storytelling, Carl Sagan, and worrying about the end of the world) and Generation 9/11, which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011 and toured in the US.

Denise Hoffner

Denise Hoffner

Denise Hoffner will read “Higher Education” by Vicky Mlyniec. Brooklyn-born Hoffner is a stand-up comic, writer, activist, actor, lawyer, and crossing guard. She tells stories for children and adults, most recently at The Moth in Berkeley. Hoffner has performed in The Vagina Monologues, at Murder Mystery Dinner Shows, and LGBTQ Pride. She writes creative non-fiction.

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