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.