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WordTheatre® presents ‘Astronauts & Falling Stars’, a collection of cosmic-themed stories and poems by some of our finest Los Angeles-based authors.  From an empathetic astronaut battling creatures on a distant planet, to one the first female astronauts recruited by NASA, to UFOs​, lovers​ and more, these varied explorations plumb the magic and mysteries of ​questions as old as time. ​

Actors  Cassidy Freeman (Longmire, Smallville, Cortez)​​, David Gautreaux ( Damages, Star Trek movie) Jason George (Station 19Grey’s Anatomy, Mistresses), and Emma Hamilton (Fearless, Last Cab to Darwin, Mr. Selfridge) join actor/ personal essayist Stephen Tobolowsky (Silicon Valley, The Goldbergs, Groundhog Day), short story writers Meg Howrey and Scott O’Connor, and poets Marie Chambers and Vandanna Khanna. Though he cannot join us due to the date change, stories by Ben Loory are included. Ben heard them read when WITS Squad actors Jason and Emma performed his two stories for students at West Adams High School.

Astronauts & Falling Stars is produced and directed by WordTheatre® Artistic Director, Cedering Fox. 

One of the last independent booksellers, Small World Books, will be on hand to sell books. Book signings to follow readings.


Location: Federal Bar, Noho (1 blk from Metro: Red-Line)

Date: May 6, 2018

Brunch noon-1pm / Performance 1pm-3pm





Emma Hamilton made her television debut as a regular in the hit Showtime drama series The Tudors, portraying the sharp-tongued Anne Stanhope (Anne Seymour) in seasons three and four. Her breakthrough role was in the highly acclaimed film Last Cab to Darwin for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Australian Academy Awards (AACTA). She is known for her roles in Mr SelfridgeHyde & Seek and Mary: The Making of a Princess.




Stephen Tobolowsky is known for film roles such as annoying insurance agent Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day and amnesiac Sammy Jankis in Christopher Nolan‘s Memento, as well as such television characters as Commissioner Hugo Jarry (Deadwood), Bob Bishop (Heroes), Sandy Ryerson (Glee), Stu Beggs (Californication and White Famous), and Action Jack Barker (Silicon Valley).





Cassidy Freeman is known for her role as Tess Mercer in The CW’s superhero drama Smallville and Cady Longmire in Longmire. 






Jason George is best known for his roles as Dr. Ben Warren in Station 19 and  Grey’s Anatomy, and Dominic Taylor on Mistresses.






David Gautreaux was recently seen in the Pasadena Playhouse Deaf West Theatre’s acclaimed production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”, and he just completed the CBS pilot, “Chiefs”. 






Meg Howrey is the author of the novels Blind Sight, The Cranes Dance, and, most recently, The Wanderers. Meg is also the co-author, writing under the pen name Magnus Flyte, of the New York Times Bestseller “City of Dark Magic” and “City of Lost Dreams.” Her non-fiction has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books and Vogue.





*Ben Loory‘s second collection, Tales of Falling and Flying, was just released by Penguin. His first book, Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, was a selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program, and has now entered its tenth printing. Loory’s fables and tales have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Read Magazine, and Fairy Tale Review, and been heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts. Loory lives in Los Angeles and teaches short story writing at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. Due to the date change,, Ben cannot attend.



Marie Chambers is a Southerner by birth and an Angeleno by choice. She recently received an MFA in poetry from the Professional Writing Seminars at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont. Her work has appeared in numerous art publications as well as Talking WritingThe QuotableAtlanta Review, and The Ilanot Review, and is forthcoming in Printer’s Devil Review.   She’s the 2014 winner of the Tallahassee Writers Association annual creative nonfiction prize, published in the Seven Hills Literary Review (March 2015). Chambers is also a winner of the 2015 ARTlines2 Ekphrastic Poetry Contest for work inspired by a piece of art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston (collection published in September 2015).



Scott O’Connor is the author of the novella Among Wolves, and the novels Untouchable and Half World. He has been awarded the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, and his stories have been shortlisted for the Sunday Times/EFG Story Prize and cited as Distinguished in Best American Short Stories. Additional work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Zyzzyva, The Rattling Wall, VLAK, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.




Vandana Khanna was born in New Delhi, India and is the author of two full length collections: Train to Agra and Afternoon Masala, as well as the chapbook, The Goddess Monologues. Her poems have won the Crab Orchard Review First Book Prize, The Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize, the Diode Editions Chapbook Competition, the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize and has been nominated for five Pushcart Prizes. Her work has been published widely in journals and anthologies such as the New England ReviewThe Missouri ReviewRaising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the WorkspaceAsian American Poetry: The Next Generation, and Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry. She serves as the co-poetry editor of the Los Angeles Review.



Stephen Tobolowsky‘s books The Dangerous Animals Club and My Adventures with God, are published by Simon & Schuster.  His e-book, Cautionary Tales, is available on Kindle Singles and Kindle Apps. Check out Stephen’s podcast, The Tobolowsky Files!




5303 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood 91601

Tickets: Brunch & Reading (Book Sale & Author Signing)

$45 Adult

$30 under 21 and full-time students under 25 with ID​

$50 at the door, if available.

WordTheatre® gives voice to great writing. Founded in 2003 by Artistic Director Cedering Fox, this internationally renowned nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization is dedicated to keeping language and literature alive through the age-old tradition of oral storytelling. WordTheatre creates and produces powerful and engaging productions, both live and recorded, featuring esteemed authors, actors, and musicians. Along with UK Producer Kirsty Peart, WordTheatre’s unique events bring to life the world’s finest contemporary writing in locations on two continents – from major cultural institutions to underserved middle and high school classrooms. Each WordTheatre production is crafted to illuminate our collective understanding of the human condition, to ignite the imaginations of culturally, economically and racially diverse audiences,  and to deepen our sense of community, inspiring empathy, curiosity, and conversation.

*All authors and actors involved in WordTheatre® productions donate their time and talents in support of our mission to keep language and literature alive. Due to actors’ ever shifting schedules, appearances are subject to change without notice. *Ben Loory will not be available for the rescheduled date of May 6.