"WordTheatre is a great, freewheeling, passionately engaged interpreter of contemporary short fiction. Whereas other such enterprises are content to cherry pick a few classics in a predictable setting, WordTheatre finds work that can bring about great performances in its constituency of first-rate performers, always in search of the ineffable and the uncanny that are at the heart of the very best in world literature. Their ambition is for the new, the challenging, and the emotionally rich. In my own case, I have never heard such wonderful and illuminated performances of my own work." - Rick Moody, author of The Ice Storm
PEN Emerging Voices
August 23, 2008 @ M Bar
|Lori Alan||Maurice Compte|
|Mayda Del Valle||Edi Gathegi|
|Joshua Harto||Gregg Henry|
|Jann Karam||Geno Monteiro|
WordTheatre teamed up with the PEN Center USA to put literal voices to the works of PEN's Emerging Voices program.
Emerging Voices is the only program of its type in the country—focusing not just on creative development, but on professional guidance, with the ultimate goal of creating a generation of voices too powerful to be ignored. By giving these writers the tools to plug in to the publishing industry, and by pushing ceaselessly for their projects to be completed, Emerging Voices empowers these young authors with the freedom to write.
To date approximately 100 fellows have completed the Emerging Voices program and have gone on to write best-selling novels, win prestigious awards and residencies, and publish in renowned literary journals and anthologies. Emerging Voices alumni include published and award-winning writers Nora Pierce, Eduardo Santiago, Jenoyne Adams, Noel Alumit, and Reyna Grande.
Directed by Cedering Fox
Produced by Cedering Fox and Lisa Doctor