Looking Forward to Season Six

Have you previewed our upcoming sixth season yet?

We’re excited to bring you a mix of emerging writers with first books published or soon-to-be-published, like Jamil Kochai and Tommy Orange, as well as returning favorites with fresh work, like Colin Winnette, Pam Houston, and Shobha Rao. Keep checking back as we finalize our 2018-19 calendar.

Since our series is especially dedicated to showcasing the work of California authors, we think it’s fitting that our third annual Opening Night Gala fundraiser will feature two Northern California writers with debut novels out this summer, Paula Saunders and Vanessa Hua.

Publisher’s Weekly writes that Saunders’ novel, The Distance Home,  “wonderfully depicts the entire lifespan of a singular family.” Saunders’ book has been longlisted for the 2018 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and we’re rooting for Paula, along with two of our authors who also appear on the list, Shobha Rao and Tommy Orange.

Award-winning author Celeste Ng calls Vanessa Hua’s debut novel, A River of Stars, “an utterly absorbing novel about the ruthless love of parenthood and the universal truth that sometimes family runs deeper than blood alone.”

We can’t wait to share another Opening Night with you on September 8, 2018! If you’d like to be notified when gala tickets go on sale, sign up for our monthly mailing list below, and you’ll hear about it first.

Featured Authors & Actors 6/9/18

Join us on the Pence Gallery patio for our last event of the season.

Lynn FreedLynn Freed’s books include seven novels, a collection of stories and two collections of essays. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Harper’s,The New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly, among numerous others. She is the recipient of the inaugural Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two O. Henry Awards, and has received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Guggenheim Foundation, among others. Having grown up in South Africa, she came to the U.S. as a graduate student at Columbia University, where she received an M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature. She is Professor Emerita of English at the University of California, Davis, and lives in Northern California.


Molly Giles

Molly Giles has published one novel, Iron Shoes, and four collections of short stories which have, respectively, won The Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (Rough Translations), the California Commonwealth Silver Medal for Fiction (Creek Walk), the Split Oak Prize (Bothered) and The Spokane Prize for Short Fiction (All the Wrong Places). She has new and forthcoming work in Bellevue Literary JournalFoglifterJukedWest Marin ReviewWillow Springs, and Zyzzyva. She taught creative writing for many years at San Francisco State University and recently retired from teaching at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She lives in West Marin.


Martha Omiyo KightMartha Omiyo Kight will read “Sunshine” by Lynn Freed. Kight has been very active in the Sacramento area theater community for four decades as an actor, singer, director, props mistress, and costumer. Most recently, she appeared in Sacramento Theater Company’s world premiere of the musical drama The Donner Party and the encore of The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!). Her credits in area theaters include Violet Weston in August: Osage County, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Sister Aloysius in Doubt, and Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, as well as leading roles in A New BrainNoises OffAngels in America, and The Importance of Being Earnest. Kight has been writing poetry and reading her own and others’ work since 2009. Her poetry has been published in three Sacramento Voices anthologies and featured at Poetry Live Sunday in Placerville. She was also featured reader for Evan Myquest’s “Death Valley Days” and Gene Avery’s “Death by Deer Rifle.” She read Lori Ostlund’s “Talking Fowl with My Father” for Stories on Stage Sacramento in 2010 and Peg Alford Pursell’s work for Stories on Stage Davis. She is glad to return to present this incredible piece by Lynn Freed.


Victoria GoldblattVictoria Goldblatt will read “Next Time” by Molly Giles. Goldblatt has been performing for over twenty years. She has done a variety of work, including films, commercials, community theater, storytelling, and voice-overs for TV and radio, along with her show, Cabernet Night with Victoria and Friends. She was the former Casting Director for Stories on Stage Sacramento and was a member of the Steering Committee for the Playwrights Collaborative in Sacramento for over seven years. She is happy to be back performing at Stories on Stage Davis once again!

Featured Authors & Actors 5/12/18

Please note: our May event will take place on campus at UC Davis, Voorhies Hall, Room 126. Voorhies is located on A Street between 1st and 2nd.

Jeanne-PanfelyJeanne Panfely is the winner of the 5th Annual Stories on Stage Davis/UC Davis Fiction Contest for her story “The Payphone.” Panfely is a fiction writer from Marin County, California, and a second-year MA student in the creative writing program at UC Davis. She has been previously published in Litro Magazine and was the recipient of the Walter and Nancy Kidd Prize.


Mackenzie NordahlMackenzie Nordahl is the runner-up of the 5th Annual Stories on Stage Davis/UC Davis Fiction Contest for her story “Lucky.” Nordahl is a fourth-year undergraduate at UC Davis. When she’s not stressing about graduating, she’s either playing tennis or trying out a new hobby. She is an English major with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in Spanish.  She aspires to pursue a career in education and is currently working as a pedagogy intern for the Play the Knave project, which has developed a video game about Shakespeare. She also works as a supervisor in a local pizza parlor. Nordahl is from Turlock, California.


Veronica JarboeVeronica Jarboe  will read “The Payphone” by Jeanne Panfely. Veronica has been performing on stage most of her life. Her favorite roles include Antonio in Twelfth Night (London Academy of Music and Dramatic), Nina inThe Seagull (Art Theater of Davis), and Faye in Just Say Yes (Theatre in the Heights). Other credits include My Fair Lady, Macbeth, andMidsummer Night’s Dream.


Kellie RainesKellie Raines will read “Lucky” by Mackenzie Nordahl. Kellie is a local actor, director, playwright, and visual artist. She is an Associate Artist with KOLT Run Creations, for which she directed The Adoration of Dora. Her KOLT performance credits include Escape from Happiness, Vinegar Tom, Antigone, and My Own Stranger. Other notable performances include Motherf**ker With The Hat and The Underpants (Big Idea Theatre), Hamlet, Julius Caesar, and Macbeth (Theater Galatea), and God’s Earand Five Women Wearing The Same Dress (Resurrection Theatre). Raines has a bachelor’s degree in dramatic art from the University of California, Davis. She can also be seen on-air for KVIE Public Television. Her first gallery show opens June 2018 at Archival Gallery  in Sacramento and will feature her fat, colorful bird paintings.