Featured Authors & Actors 11/10/18

About the Authors

Bree BartonBree Barton is the author of Heart of Thorns, a fierce feminist fantasy debut out from HarperCollins in 2018. She has published short fiction in The Iowa Review, Mid-American Review, NANO Fiction, Roxane Gay’s PANK, and McSweeney’s, and essays in USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, and The Huffington Post. When she’s not scribing, Barton teaches Rock ‘n’ Write, a nonprofit dance-and-writing class she created for teen girls. She lives in Los Angeles with her partner—a Stories on Stage Davis alum—and their melancholy dog.

 

Rita BullwinkleRita Bullwinkel is the author of the story collection Belly Up, which was published in the US in May of 2018 and is currently being translated into Italian by Edizioni Black Coffee. Her writing has been published in Tin House, ConjunctionsBOMB, Vice, NOON, and Guernica. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Brown University, Vanderbilt University, Hawthornden Castle, and The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Both her fiction and her translation have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. She is an Editor at Large for McSweeney’s. She lives in San Francisco.


About the Actors

Phillip LarreaPhillip Larrea will read “Burn” by Rita Bullwinkel. Larrea was a prolific actor as a young man, appearing in many Sacramento area community productions and ultimately working professionally in New York in off-Broadway productions, summer stock, and touring companies. He gave it up because he doesn’t like working nights and weekends. He does, however, love doing the occasional one-night stand. Nowadays he is more known as the author of three books, Our Patch, We the People, and, most recently, Part Time Job.

Jessica LaskeyJessica Laskey will read “Thirteen Platitudes” by Bree Barton. She is happy to be back at Stories on Stage Davis, where she performed for the very first event six years ago! As an Equity actress, her favorite roles include Sally Bowles in Cabaret (UC Berkeley), Mae in Reefer Madness (Artistic Differences), and Jenny in Threepenny Opera (California Stage). She has also appeared in several productions with the Sacramento Theatre Company. Laskey is a freelance writer for Inside Publications, Sacramento Magazine, Comstock’s, and The Sacramento Bee, and is founding co-publisher of Indomita Press.

Featured Authors & Actors 10/13/18


Valeri FioravantiValerie Fioravanti is the author of the linked collection of Brooklyn stories Garbage Night at the Opera from BkMk Press, winner of the Chandra Prize for Short FictionShe is the founder of Stories on Stage Sacramento and a private writing coach. “Loud Love,” which won the Tillie Olsen Short Story Award, appears in her second (unpublished) collection Bridge & Tunnel. Fioravanti is currently hard at work on one of three in-progress novels (hangs head in shame).

 

Michael David LukasMichael David Lukas has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv, and a waiter at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. Translated into more than a dozen languages, his first novel, The Oracle of Stamboul, was a finalist for the California Book Award, the NCIBA Book of the Year Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize. His second novel,The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, was published recently by Spiegel & Grau. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Maryland, he is a recipient of scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Montalvo Arts Center, New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and the Elizabeth George Foundation. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, SlateNational Geographic Traveler, and Georgia Review. He lives in Oakland and teaches at San Francisco State University.

About the Actors

Leah DohertyLeah Daugherty will read  “Loud Love” by Valerie Fioravanti. Daugherty is pleased to be making her debut at Stories on Stage. She was last seen onstage playing #8 in The Wolvesat Capital Stage. Daugherty is a proud alumna of both UC Davis, where she studied English and theatre, and the Capital Stage Apprenticeship Program. Since then she’s been a regular at the Davis Shakespeare Festival and Big Idea Theatre. She is very grateful for this opportunity and to her tribe for their support.

 

Matthew AbergelMatthew Abergel will read the excerpt from The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas. Abergel often performs at the Woodland Opera House Theatre, where he recently co-directed the world premiere of  Prime Time for the Holidays, written by his husband, Bob Cooner.  A former editor and community-college instructor, Abergel is the author of two books published by Simon & Schuster, and a play,  Second-Best Bed, produced by Woodland Opera House in 2014. Currently he’s putting the finishing touches on a historical novel about King James. Long ago, he studied dramatic literature and directing as a grad student at the University of Chicago and Stanford. He’s tickled as pink as a marshmallow Peep to read for Stories on Stage.

 

Featured Authors & Actors 9/8/18

Join us for our third annual Opening Night Gala, featuring Vanessa Hua and Paula Saunders. Limited tickets available at Eventbrite.

To kick off our sixth season, we’re welcoming two Northern California writers with novels hot off the presses, Vanessa Hua (A River of Stars) and Paula Saunders (The Distance Home). Both novels are moving and memorable explorations of family in all its complicated glory. Authors will be on hand to sign books, and the evening will also include a silent art auction, savory and sweet bites, and a refreshing Pimm’s Cup cocktail.

About the Authors

Vanessa HuaVanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and a debut novel,  A River of Stars. For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the Asian diaspora. She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, as well as honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post. She lives in the Bay Area with her family.

Paula Saunders

photo: Alena Saunders

Paula Saunders grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota. She is a graduate of the Syracuse University creative writing program, and was awarded a postgraduate Albert Schweitzer Fellowship at the State University of New York at Albany, under then-Schweitzer chair Toni Morrison. She lives in California with her husband. They have two grown daughters.

 

About the Actors

Ashley LucasAshley Lucas will read an excerpt from A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua. Lucas has appeared on stage in several Sacramento Community Theatre productions, from children’s theatre and comedies to drama. She has also read fiction for Stories on Stage Sacramento and many plays for the Playwright’s Collaborative. Recently, Lucas has narrated Waiting for a Comet by Richard Prosch on Audible Books. In the evenings you can find her walking her dog, Cabo, and, on rare occasions, her husband, Wade.

Gail DartezGail Dartez will read an excerpt from The Distance Home by Paula Saunders. Dartez is a professional actor, director, and teaching artist. She is elated to have this opportunity to share “Stories on Stage.” Her directing credits include The Arsonists (Capital Stage); AntigoneThe Rover, Two Gentleman Of Verona, and The Exit Interview (Big Idea Theatre); Orlando and The Turn Of The Screw (Sacimpulse); and various productions at Cosumnes River College. Dartez has also directed Precious Stones (Chicago), The Three Musketeers, and Romeo And Juliet, and served as co-director for Wait Until Dark, The Baby Dance, and The Gifts Of The Magi (New American Theater, IL).

Her acting credits include Romeo And Juliet (Davis Shakespeare Festival); Love and Information, The Typographer’s Dream, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and Relatively Speaking (Capital Stage). In the Bay Area and beyond, she has performed in venues such as The Magic Theatre, Bay Area Playwright’s Festival, Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, Yale Repertory Theater, and the New York Stage and Film Company. Dartez holds an MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama.