Start Martin Luther King Jr. Day by tuning in to Stories on Stage Davis’s first-ever broadcast on KDVS Davis at 90.3 FM! Tomorrow we will air dramatic readings of stories by authors Jacinda Townsend and Clarence Major. Celebrate the diversity of the local literary community and start off your morning inspired. Catch the broadcast on 90.3 FM at 8 a.m. on January 15, or listen live online.
Shanthi Sekaran is a writer and educator from Berkeley, California. Her recent novel,
Lucky Boy (Penguin Random House), was named an IndieNext Great Read and an Amazon Editors’ Pick. The New York Times calls it “brilliantly agonizing” and USA Today says “Lucky Boy pulses with vitality, pumped with the life breath of human sin and love.” Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Canteen Magazine, The Rumpus, and LitHub. She’s a visiting writer at St. Mary’s College of California, and has two sons.
Robert Faus holds an MFA in creative writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars. He has had stories published in Plazm Magazine, The Evansville Review, Southern California Review, and The Southampton Review. Originally from Oregon, he currently lives in Davis, California, with his wife and son.
Philomena Block will read an excerpt from Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran. Block is excited to be a part of Stories on Stage Davis, exploring themes from her Latin heritage with this piece. She is a recent Sacramento transplant from the Bay Area. She holds two BA degrees in Musical Theatre and Psychology from CSU Chico. She was most recently seen as Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Davis Shakespeare Festival). Theater credits include Agatha/ Hot Box Dancer in Guys and Dolls (The Jewel Theatre), Collete in La Cage Aux Folles (Cabrillo Stage), Female Swing in Avenue Q (Berkeley Playhouse), Alex in On the Verge and Patsy in Spamalot (CSU Chico). When not performing, Block works as a creative teacher and marketing professional.
Ian Hopps will read “Metal” by Robert Faus. Hopps is grateful to be returning to Stories on Stage Davis and, as a life-long reader, excited to give voice to the author’s work. Growing up in LA’s San Fernando Valley, he began acting and telling stories at a young age, pursuing the craft in elementary school and continuing through college at San Francisco State University. Since transplanting to the Sacramento area two years ago, he has worked with Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, Sacramento Theatre Company, and Capital Stage. His next role is Macduff in STC’s upcoming production of Macbeth. Hopps would like to give a sincere thanks to the Davis community for showing so much support to the arts! “Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful.”
Brandy Colbert is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel Pointe. Her latest novel, Little & Lion, was reviewed by the New York Times, which called it “urgent and true,” and was named a Book of the Month Club selection, a Junior Library Guild selection, and a Best Book of 2017 by Kirkus Reviews. Her third book, Finding Yvonne, will be published in August 2018 by Little, Brown. Colbert lives and writes in Los Angeles. (Photo: Jessie Weinberg)
Shayne Langford is a fly fisherman from Northern California. He studies creative writing at the University of California, Davis.
Alana Mathews Arcurio will read an excerpt from Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert. Arcurio is excited to return to Stories on Stage Davis. She previously read excerpts from Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile and from a forthcoming novel by Jacinda Townsend. In addition to performing for Stories on Stage Sacramento, Arcurio was cast as Martha for the staged reading of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Sacramento Theatre Company. She 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 by Athol Fugard. She most enjoys the role of mom to her three children, Caleb, Jordan, and Josiah, when they are home from college.
Dr. Andy Jones will read “Eggs” by Shayne Langford. Jones is a poet, faculty member at UC Davis, radio talk show host, storyteller, and public speaker. He has taught writing and literature classes at the University of California, Davis since 1990, and since 2000 has hosted “Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour” on radio station KDVS. The Poet Laureate of Davis, Jones has authored three books of poetry, and he coordinates and hosts the Poetry Night Reading Series on first and third Thursdays of the month at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis. Combining poetry, painting, audience participation, and song, his experimental play, Ephemera, premiered in December 2002.
As an actor, Jones has performed in television commercials, in a made-for-TV film that aired on PBS, and in films directed by his Technocultural Studies students. In recent years he has appeared on local television to discuss Maya Angelou, social media, teaching with iPads, and public poetry. He has told stories before live audiences at poetry readings and storytelling festivals, on the BBC World Service, and on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Growing up in a theatre family, Jones is the son of the late UNLV playwriting and directing professor Davey Marlin-Jones, winner of the Margo Jones Award for the Advancement of American Theatre.