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Three remarkable women will bring to life new short stories by three of our finest female authors, followed by a post performance Q & A and book signings.

Sunday Brunch from Noon – 1:00 followed by WordTheatre® and a Q & A from  1- 3:00 pm ( includes intermission)
$45 in advance • $50 on the day of the show at the door, if available
•  $38 for WordTheatre Members
  $30 full-time students under 25 with Student ID
Directed and Produced by Cedering Fox
*Stories by
Tara Ison is the author of the novels The List (Scribner), A Child out of Alcatraz (Faber & Faber, Inc.), a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Rockaway(Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press), featured as one of the “Best Books of Summer” in O, The Oprah Magazine, July 2013.  Her essay collection, Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love, and Die at the Movies, Winner of the PEN Southwest Book Award for Best Creative Nonfiction, and her short story collection Ball, were both published in 2015 by Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press. 
Michelle Latiolais is the author of the novel SheWidow, a collection of stories shortlisted for The Believer Book Award; the novel A Proper Knowledge; and the novel Even Now, which received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California. She is a Professor of English at the University of California at Irvine, where she co-directs the Programs in Writing. She lives in Los Angeles.

Mary Otis: Mary Otis is the award-winning author of the short story collection Yes, Yes, Cherries.  Her stories and essays have been published in Best New American VoicesTin HouseElectric Literature, Zyzzyva, McSweeney’s, Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books Fiction Issue, and in numerous other venues. Her writing is anthologized in Woof: Fiction Writers on Dogs, and Tales of Love and Sex.  Her story “Pilgrim Girl” received an Honorable Mention for the Pushcart Prize, and her story “Unstruck” was a Distinguished Story of the Year in Best American Short Stories.  Mary is a fiction professor in the UC Riverside Low-Residency MFA Program.
*Performed by
Sarah Clarke: Became known to television audiences for her role as Nina Myerson on 24, and also for her roles as Renée Dwyer, Bella Swan‘s mother, in the Twilight films. You have enjoyed her as Erin McGuire on the short-lived TV show Trust Me, and in the role of CIA Agent Lena Smith on the USA Network show Covert Affairs. She currently stars as Eleanor Wish in Amazon Studios‘ police procedural drama, Bosch.
Sharon Lawrence: You may know her from multiple nominated and SAG Award winning portrayal of ADA Sylvia Costas Sipowitz in NYPD Blue, as a stay-at-home prostitute in Desperate Housewives and a murderous realtor on Monk, as a serial killer on Law and Order: SVU, coming to terms with her long lost daughter on Rizzoli & Isles, bantering with Alfred Molina on Ladies Man or beating up Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Recent work includes Blunt Talk opposite Sir Patrick Stewart and an arc on NBC’s upcoming series Game Of Silence. Recent film includes Solace opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins, Of Music and Mind with Joaquim De Almeda and Aunjanue Ellis and award winning The Bridge Partner with Beth Grant. Also an accomplished stage actress, Sharon serves on the Board of Directors of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, WeForShe.org, HealTheBay.org and UNC-Chapel Hill General Alumni Association.
Brenda Strong: Brenda Strong may be best known for her seminal acting and voice portrayal of “Mary Alice Young” on Desperate Housewives, but this two-time Emmy-nominated and SAG Award-winning actress has had a long and endearing film and television career. She made her career debut with Mel Brooks’ Spacelballs and Aaron Sorkin’s Malice. Audiences have come to know her in such diverse roles as “Sue Ellen Mishke” (aka “The Braless Wonder) on Seinfeld, “Kathleen Isley” in Party of Five, “Sally Sasser” in Sports Night, and three seasons as “Ann Ewing” in Dallas, the reboot, for TNT. Recently she’s played “Ilene Stowe” in Season 2 of Fear the Walking Dead and as “Lillian Luthor” on CW’s Supergirl. She is currently seen as Bryce Walkers mother, “Nora”, in Season 2 of the highly acclaimed series “13 Reasons Why” on Netflix.

*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.