Tara Henry will read “Year of the Tree” by Becky Mandelbaum. Henry is thrilled to be making her debut at Stories on Stage Davis. Highlights of her past roles include Mute/Mortimer in The Fantasticks (Sacramento Theatre Company), Emma/Ensemble in The Behavior of Broadus (Capital Stage), Fanny Dashwood/Charlotte Palmer in Sense and Sensibility (Sacramento Theater Company), Cassandra in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Main Street Theatre Works), Charlotte/Mrs. Gardner in Pride and Prejudice (Sacramento Theatre Company), both Dromios in Comedy of Errors (Sacramento Shakespeare Festival), Goneril in King Lear (The Alternative Arts Collective), Mildred in The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild (Costa Mesa Playhouse), and a Fantasy Festival 28 cast member with B Street Theatre.
Evan White is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English. Since 2011 he has read many original stories on programs on KDVS 90.3 FM, the UC Davis campus and community radio station. He has appeared as a reader at both the Poetry Night Reading Series and the Sacramento Poetry Center’s “Foam at the Mouth” reading series. As an undergraduate he co-founded Absurd Publications and published an anthology of poetry and short fiction, All the Vegetarians in Texas Have Been Shot, in addition to the creative journal The Oddity, of which there were seven issues. Currently he works as a graphic designer at UC Davis.
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Christine Hance will read an excerpt from The Girl Who Slept with God by Val Brelinski. Hance relocated to Davis with her husband, David, from San Luis Obispo two-and-a-half years ago, to be closer to extended family. Having always considered herself more a singer than an actor, she began her venture into theater with a production of the musical Oliver! Faced with the dilemma of transporting her daughter to and from rehearsals and performances in the summer of 1984, she asked the director to consider adding her to the musical’s chorus, so she’d have something to do while she waited. Since that summer, Hance has continued to perform regularly with several community theaters in straight plays and musicals, and with Tin Pan Alley, a cabaret group she co-founded, singing the American Songbook, especially songs written by Harold Arlen and Stephen Sondheim—songs that tell stories, songs that paint pictures. This short excerpt from The Girl Who Slept with God made Hance want to read the rest of the book. She hopes you will want to read it, too.
Rob Salas will read “Against the Stranger” by Sandra Hunter. Salas is a founding Artistic Director of Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, where he has acted and directed in productions since 2010. Favorite roles for DSE include Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Orpheus in Relapse. Other acting credits include Dramatic Adventure Theater (NYC), New Village Arts (San Diego), Harvard University, and UC Irvine. While establishing the Ensemble, Salas received his MFA in Directing from UC Irvine. He has assistant directed at many prestigious theaters, including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, American Repertory Theater, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Salas received his BA in English and Dramatic Art at Harvard University.
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