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WordTheatre® presents ‘Astronauts & Falling Stars’, a collection of cosmic-themed stories and poems by some of America’s premier 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 ​Tim DeKay (White Collar, Get Smart, American Crime), Cassidy Freeman (Longmire, Smallville, Cortez)​​, 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, Ben Loory and Scott O’Connor, and poets Marie Chambers and Vandanna Khanna.

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: April 15, 2018

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





 Tim DeKay is an American actor. His first on screen acting job was as corporation head Larry Deon on seaQuest 2032. He was a cast member of Party of Five from 1997–1999, Carnivàle from 2003–05 and White Collar 2009-2014.





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 an American character actor, author, and musician. He 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).




Jason George is best known for his roles as Michael Bourne on the NBC daytime soap opera Sunset Beach, as J.T. Hunter on the UPN television sitcom Eve, as Dr. Otis Cole on ABC’s Off the Map, and as Dr. Ben Warren on Grey’s Anatomy.





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






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



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.



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 is one of the leading character actors in film today. USA Today listed Stephen as the 9th most frequently seen actor in movies; he has appeared over 200 movies and television shows. His first book of stories, The Dangerous Animals Club, is published by Simon & Schuster September 25, 2012.  His second book, My Adventures with God, will be available April 17, 2017, also published by Simon & Schuster.Readers:



Tickets: Brunch & Reading

$38 Early Bird thru April 7

$45 Beginning April 8

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

$50 at the door, if available.


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