Stories on Stage: Family

Egan, JenniferOctober 13, 2011, 7:00 pm
Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero
$12 advance at Brown Paper Tickets; $15 at door

If you like NPR’s “Selected Shorts,” you’ll love Litquake’s version of the staged story. Directed by Campo Santo’s Sean San José, five actors channel the rich voices of the characters in short fiction on the topic of family by celebrated authors Ann Packer, Melanie Rae Thon, and Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan.

An outlaw mother takes on children abandoned by others; a teen finds a family of sorts in San Francisco; a husband copes with the death of his wife’s first child. Packer’s “Her Firstborn,” Thon’s “Heavenly Creatures,” and Egan’s “Sisters of the Moon” are brought to vivid life on stage. Book sales and signings by Thon and Packer to follow.

Until then:

…watch Egan talk about craft and voice at the Center for Fiction

…listen to Ann Packer talk about her collection, Swim Back to Me

…read Litquake’s interview with Melanie Rae Thon

…read an interview with actor and director Sean San Jose on adapting Denis Johnson’s work to the stage.


The Authors: Jennifer Egan, Ann Packer, Melanie Rae Thon

The Actors: Britney Frazier, Delia MacDougall, Tina Marie Murray, Brian Rivera, Sean San José

Melanie Rae Thon, “Heavenly Creatures,” from IN THIS LIGHT, originally published in The Paris Review. Copyright © 2011 by Melanie Rae Thon. Performed with the permission of Graywolf Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota, www.graywolfpress.org and the Irene Skolnick Literary Agency.