WordTheatre Voices Dylan Landis, David Prete and Jess Row in association with NYU Tisch School of the Arts

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Guests joined us in the fifth floor library of Soho House NY to begin the spring with their favorite film, television and stage actors bringing great short fiction to life with the authors present for a post performance Q & A.


  • Vincent Piazza (Boardwalk Empire, Rescue Me) read “Three Sundays in the Bronx” by David Prete.
  • Marin Ireland (Revolutionary Road, Mildred Pierce) read “Breakage” by Dylan Landis.
  • Chris Sarandon (The Princess Bride, Dog Day Afternoon) read “Sheep May Safely Graze” by Jess Row.

About the Authors:

Prete is a writer and actor living in Chicago. He is author of the novels Say That to My Face and most recently August and Then Some, forthcoming from W.W. Norton in April 2012. He graduated from the New Actors Workshop, has appeared in theatre productions ranging from Shakespeare to adaptations of Leo Tolstoy and commedia dell’arte versions of Clifford Odets. “Prete’s complicated affection for neighborhood life-and his ability to produce vivid thumbnail sketches of the kind of men who feel at home in dingy pool halls-gives his debut authority andindividuality.” Publishers Weekly.

Landis has published fiction in Bomb, Tin House, Best American Nonrequired Reading and elsewhere, and has won a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and other awards. “Landis’s characters and the rich, rough worlds they inhabit are rendered withbracing precision and devastating grace.” – Time Out New York.

Row’s first book, The Train to Lo Wu, was a PEN/Hemingway Award finalist. His stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Tin House, Ploughshares, American Short Fiction, Threepenny Review, Harvard Review, and elsewhere; have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and won two Pushcart Prizes and a PEN/O.Henry Award. “Jess Row has a remarkable ability to evoke empathy in the reader for his characters, to spark vivid connection between ourselves and these raw, whole, complicated lives on the page. You can expect that his stories will challenge you, move you, and stay with you long after you have turned the final page.” – Sycamore Review.

Produced and Directed by Cedering Fox. Books sold at the event by Mobile Libris.