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WordTheatre kicked off its fourth season of world class actors giving voice to great writing at Soho House New York with a thrilling line up! Audiences settled in with a glass of wine to hear film, television and stage actors bring great short fiction to life.


  • Raviv Ullman (Rita Rocks, Russian Transport off-Broadway) read “Patrick Lane, Flabbergasted” by Dan Chaon.
  • Malinda WIlliams (Soul Food, 2 Days in New York City) read “Black Power” by Bernice Mcfadden.
  • Jodie Markell (Big Love, Snakebit at the Century Theatre) read “Pet” by Deb Olin Unferth.

About the Authors:

Chaon’s newest collection of short stories, Stay Awake is due out February 7, 2012. He is author of the national bestseller Await Your Reply, which was named one of the ten best books of the year by Publisher’s Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, and salon.com, as well as being named among the year’s best fiction by the American Library Association and others. He is also the author of the short story collections Fitting Ends and Among the Missing, which was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award. Chaon is the Delaney Associate Professor at Oberlin.

Bernice L. McFadden is the author of seven critically acclaimed, award-winning bestselling novels; including the classics Sugar and The Warmest December which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and was lauded as “Searing and expertly imagined” by Nobel Laureate, Toni Morrison.

Unferth is the author of the collection of stories Minor Robberies, the novel Vacation and the memoir, Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, McSweeney’s, The Believer, The Boston Review, Esquire, and other magazines. She has received multiple Pushcart Prizes and was chosen by Harper’s Baazar as an “Editors’ Choice: Names to Know in 2011”. Unferth teaches creative writing at Wesleyan University.

All performances Produced and Directed by Cedering Fox. Associate Produced by Darrell Larson. Special thanks to Jason Nower for videography.