Ashley Lucas will read an excerpt from The Child Garden by Catriona McPherson. 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 (“The Acupuncturist’s Wife” by Sue Staats) 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.
John Haine will read “Shutterbugs” by David Hagerty. Haine has been in and out of acting since the day he feigned illness so he could stay home from school to watch John Glenn blast off into outer space. After winning a state high school drama festival, and graduating with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota, he tried his hand as a professional actor but quickly succumbed to the lure of a steady paycheck. He became a lawyer, and for twenty-five years tried to stay off the stage, but sometimes the lure was too great. He appeared in various community theatres in Minnesota and at the tiny Grand Theatre, where he frequently performed with his wife, Patty, and got the chance to compose and stage his first musical, A Musical Christmas with the Karp Family, co-written with Cynthia Smith. (It was really funny.) Since relocating to Davis three years ago, Haine has appeared with the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble in its outdoor production of As You Like It, and in its repertory productions of Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, She Loves Me, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. He has also had the good fortune to play some of his favorite roles with the Davis Musical Theatre Company, including Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, and Ben in Follies. By day, Haine now writes and edits books on employee benefits law. By night, he’s usually rehearsing or looking for the next show.