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Guests experienced the excitement of high seas, raging rivers and exotic cultures at WordTheatre’s Thrill or Peril: Tales of Adventure, featuring short stories of daring exploration recanted lovingly amid the twinklings of M Bar’s chandeliers.


  • Adrian Pasdar (Heroes, Judging Amy) read his story “The Oddest Sea”
  • Xander Berkeley (Taken, Year One) read “Hunters” by Eugene Cross
  • Sarah Clarke (Twilight, Trust Me) read “Under Water” by Anne Fadiman
  • Andrew Borba (The Shield, Nine Lives) read “My Date With Neanderthal Woman” by David Galef
  • Toni Trucks (Barbershop) read “Disco Papa” by Karen Russell
  • Nina Siemaszko (The Haunting of Molly Hartley) read “The World” by Susan Orlean
  • Keith David (Platoon, The Princess and the Frog) read “Rope Burn” by Henry Louis Gates
  • Bill Ratner (Moth Winner) performed his short story, “Gold”.
  • Josh Cereghino (Moth Winner) performed his short story, “Love Letter from Ventura County Jail”.
  • George Newbern (Father of the Bride) read “True Story” by Paul Rudnick

Produced and Directed by Cedering Fox

M Bar required a $10 food minimum. Doors opened at 6 and the show began at 7 PM.