Joyce Carol Oates hosts Telling Tales: Stories of People Being Mostly Bad to Each Other (and a Little Good)

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WordTheatre® presented our fifth biennial program in celebration of The Pushcart Prize. A remarkable cast of actors brought brilliant short stories to life. Three of the cast have houses on the east end, while others traveled long distances from Los Angeles and Manhattan to lend their talents to the prize. VIP tickets included a post performance reception with the actors.
  • Chris Bauer (True Blood, Flags of Our Fathers) read “Raven’s Wing” by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Tracee Chimo (Orange is the New Black, He’s Way More Famous Than You Are) read “Tangier 1975” by Paul Bowles
  • Gary Dourdan (Perfect Stranger, CSI) read “Motherfucker” by Aimee Bender
  • Polly Draper (Side Effects, thirtysomething) read “The Undesirable Table” by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Ronald Guttman (Mad Men, upcoming Nina) read “Hurry” by Octavio Paz
  • Charlie Moss (Smash, Person of Interest) read “The Hawk” by Brian Doyle
  • Alex Wolff (The Sitter, A Birder’s Guide to Everything) read “The Two Reasons” by Ron Carlson
  • Harris Yulin (The Place Beyond the Pines, Training Day) read “My Uncle’s Numbers” by Siv Cedering

The event featured a reading of a prize winning story by our esteemed host:

  • Joyce Carol Oates, a Founding Editor of The Pushcart Prize, is a Pulitzer Prize nominee and winner of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in short fiction. She is a New York Times bestselling author and regularly featured in such publications as The New Yorker andHarper’s Magazine, among many others. She is a professor at Princeton University.
Proceeds supported The Pushcart Prize Fellowships “one of the most important publishing projects in American history” (Publishers Weekly) as well as WordTheatre in Schools, which brings actors, authors and great contemporary literature to underserved students.
Produced & Directed by WordTheatre Artistic Director Cedering Fox