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 4/8/17

Shruti SwamyShruti Swamy lives and writes in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2016, AGNI, the Kenyon Review Online, the Boston Review, and elsewhere. In 2012, she was Vassar College’s 50th W.K. Rose Fellow, and has been awarded residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, Hedgebrook, and Blue Mountain Center. She is a Kundiman fiction fellow.

Kelly LuceKelly Luce is the author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail, which won the 2013 Foreword Review’s Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction, and the novel Pull Me Under, out from FSG in 2016. She grew up in Brookfield, Illinois. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in cognitive science, she moved to Japan, where she lived and worked for three years. Her work has been recognized by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, and the Michener Center for Writers, and has appeared in New York Magazine; the Chicago Tribune; Salon; O, the Oprah Magazine; and other publications. She is a Contributing Editor for Electric Literature and a fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, where she is working on her next novel.

Victoria GoldblattVictoria Goldblatt will read “Night Garden” by Shruti Swamy. Goldblatt has been performing for over twenty years. She has done a variety of work including films, commercials, community theater, 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 has been a member of the Steering Committee for the Playwrights Collaborative in Sacramento for the past eight years.



Matthew AbergelMatthew Abergel will read “Ms. Yamada’s Toaster” by Kelly Luce. 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 Actors 5/10/14

Rob Salas

Rob Salas will read “Fear the Greeks” by Ben Hinshaw. Salas is a founding Artistic Director of Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, where he has acted in and directed productions since 2010. Favorite roles for DSE include Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Orpheus in Relapse. Other acting credits include Dramatic Adventure Theater (NYC), New Village Arts (San Diego), Harvard University, and UC Irvine. While establishing the Ensemble, Salas received his MFA in Directing from UC Irvine. He has assistant directed at many prestigious theaters including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, American Repertory Theater, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Salas received his BA in English and Dramatic Art at Harvard University.

Victoria Goldblatt

Victoria Goldblatt will read “Misgivings” by Ishelle Payer. Goldblatt has been performing for over 20 years. She has done a variety of work, including films, commercials, community theater, 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 in Sacramento and is a member of the Steering Committee for the Playwrights Collaborative in Sacramento. Goldblatt is happy to be performing for Stories on Stage Davis!