Featured Authors & Actors 9/9/17

Join us at our Season Five Opening Night Gala and fundraiser, featuring award-winning science fiction and fantasy. Tickets are sold out—thank you!

To kick off our 2017-18 season, best-selling author and Booker Prize finalist Karen Joy Fowler will present two writers she selected for Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016, Will Kaufman and Liz Ziemska. The evening will also include a silent art auction, good eats, and—back by popular demand—a refreshing Pimm’s Cup cocktail. Every ticket comes with a Stories on Stage Davis canvas tote bag, designed by Davis artist and writer Madeline Gobbo and screenprinted by Sacramento artist Eric Frankenstein.

About the Authors

Karen Joy FowlerKaren Joy Fowler is the author of seven novels and four short story collections. Her 2013 novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. The Jane Austen Book Club spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler’s previous novel, Sister Noon, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, was a New York Times Notable Book, as was her second novel, The Sweetheart Season. In addition, Sarah Canary won the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian, and was listed for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize as well as the Bay Area Book Reviewers Prize. Fowler’s short story collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Award in 1999, and her collection What I Didn’t See won the World Fantasy Award in 2011. (Photo: Brett Hall Jones)

Will KaufmanWill Kaufman’s work has appeared in a number of publications, including Lightspeed Magazine, [PANK], and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He received an MA in Creative Writing from UC Davis, an MFA from the University of Utah, and attended the Clarion Workshop in 2013. He currently lives in LA, where he works as an editor at Edmunds.com. You can find Will online at www.kaufmanwrites.com.


Liz ZiemskaLiz Ziemska is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Interfictions: 2, Strange Horizons, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, The Pushcart Prize XLI, and has been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. A novella entitled Mandelbrot the Magnificent is forthcoming from Tor/St. Martin’s Press in November 2017. She lives in Los Angeles.




About the Actors

Kelley OgenKelley Ogden is an accomplished performer, director, and producer whose work has been seen throughout the area. Co-founder of acclaimed fringe theater company KOLT Run Creations, she has performed with Capital Stage, Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, Main Street Theatre Works, and Theater Galatea, among others. She earned her BFA in Performance from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago.


Phillip LarreaPhillip 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.

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Patricia GlassPatricia Glass will read “Wanderlust” by Laleh Khadivi. She has been involved in dramas, comedies, musicals, voice-overs, staged readings, and storytelling for more than thirty years; locally for the past eleven. She was most recently seen performing as Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker at the Woodland Opera House. Glass earned a BA in Theatre from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and has worked at UC Davis for the past fourteen years.


Phillip Larrea

Phillip Larrea will read “Three, Four, Knock at the Door” by Kathryn Williams. He was a staple actor around the Sacramento/Davis area who performed at all the college and university venues, as well as a regular member of the ensemble for the Stagedoor Comedy Playhouse. He performed professionally both in New York, and in repertory along the East Coast for a decade or so. Now he enjoys performing his own poetry, and is delighted whenever he is given the opportunity to read great work from other writers. Larrea is the author of two books, We the People (Cold River Press) and Our Patch (Writing Knights Press), and is the editor of the annual Sacramento Voices anthology of prose and poetry, based on his monthly reading series.

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Phillip Larrea

Phillip Larrea

Phillip Larrea is an actor and writer. As an actor, he was a staple in Sacramento-area theater in the late seventies and early eighties, including multiple roles for Stagedoor Comedy Playhouse. Larrea moved to New York, where he worked regularly in Off-Off Broadway productions as well as regional theater, summer stock, and touring shows. Since 2012, his poems have appeared in over sixty journals, anthologies, and magazines in the U.S., Ireland, Canada, and Asia. He is the author of the poetry collections We the People (Cold River Press) and Our Patch (Writing Knights Press) and winner of the 2013 New Frontier Prize for poetry. Larrea’s unique contribution to poetry is his original short form, the “tricube,” which consists of three stanzas, three lines per stanza, and three syllables per line—i.e., three cubed.

Roberta Stuart

Roberta Stuart

Roberta Feldner Stuart graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC, in 1959. Since then she has pursued an eclectic career in stage, nightclub, recording, television, and film as a working actress, singer, and voice over talent. Although semi-retired, Stuart maintains her status as a working member of The Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation of Television Artists (recently joined together and known as SAG-AFTRA). Over the years she has continued studies with many legendary teachers, including Milton Katselas, John Lehne, Dick Orkin, Patrick Frayley, Dee Marcus, and Ted Lott. She has taught theater and voice over technique privately and in a summer school setting for young performers in Manhattan Beach, California.

Stuart has appeared on stage Off Broadway in New York and Los Angeles productions, and in numerous television commercials and dramas. She appeared in Brian DePalma’s film The Fury and in many made-for-television films popular in the 1980s. She has recorded books for Books on Tape and spent many years volunteering for Recording for the Blind.

While living and working in Los Angeles, Stuart  produced, directed and hosted the talk show All About Real Estate on KIEV 870 AM, marrying her broadcasting talents to her second career as a California realtor which, after twenty-four years, she continues to enjoy as an associate with Lyon Real Estate here in Davis.

No, she has never had a face lift, but she does color her hair!