Featured Actors 5/14/16

Tara Henry

Tara Henry

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

Evan White

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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Featured Authors 5/14/2016

We’re happy to introduce the winners of this year’s Stage on Stage Davis/UC Davis Fiction Contest, Becky Mandelbaum and Christina Turner. We can’t wait for you to hear their work!

Becky Mandelbaum

Becky Mandelbaum

Becky Mandelbaum is the winner of the Third Annual Stories on Stage Davis/UC Davis Fiction Contest for her story “Year of the Tree.” Mandelbaum is from Kansas but is currently finishing her second year in the Creative Writing MA program at UC Davis. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Salt Hill Journal, The East Bay Review, Midwestern Gothic, and Kansas City Voices.

Christina Turner

Christina Turner

Christina Turner is the runner-up of the Third Annual Stories on Stage Davis/UC Davis Fiction Contest for her story “The Quick and the Dead.” Turner is a native West Virginian, an adopted North Carolinian, and a second-year MA student in creative writing at UC Davis, where she has received the Elliot Gilbert Prize. Before coming to UC Davis, she received a Master of Divinity from Duke University. She writes short stories and essays and is at work on a novel about God, grief, and love in Appalachia.

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Featured Actors 4/9/16

Christine Hance

Christine Hance

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

Rob Salas

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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Featured Authors 4/9/16

Val Brelinski

Val Brelinski

Val Brelinski’s debut novel is The Girl Who Slept with God. Brelinski was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho, the daughter of devout evangelical Christians. From 2003 to 2005, she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where she was also a Jones Lecturer in fiction writing. She received an MFA from the University of Virginia, and her recent writing has been featured in Vogue, MORE, Salon, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Rumpus. She received prizes for her fiction from the San Francisco Chronicle, The Charlottesville Weekly, and The Boise Weekly, and was also a finalist for the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. Brelinski lives in Northern California and currently teaches creative writing at Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program. (Photo: Tim Brelinski and Max Boyd)

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Sandra Hunter

Sandra Hunter’s fiction has been published in a number of literary magazines and received the 2016 Gold Line Press Chapbook Prize, October 2014 Africa Book Club Award, 2014 H.E. Francis Fiction Award, 2012 Cobalt Fiction Prize, and three Pushcart Prize nominations. Her debut novel, Losing Touch, was released in July 2014 (OneWorld Publications). When she’s not working on her second novel, The Geography of Kitchen Tables, she teaches English and creative writing at Moorpark College and runs writing workshops in Ventura and Los Angeles. Favorite dessert: rose-flavored macarons.

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