WordTheatre Voices Manuel Muñoz and Alethea Black in association with NYU Tisch School of the Arts

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WordTheatre’s series at Soho House New York continued with an intriguing mix of writers and actors.

  • Robin de Jesus  (In the Heights, two-time Tony nominee) read “The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue” by Manuel Muñoz.
  • Maggie Siff (Sons of Anarchy,Mad Men) read “Double-Blind” by Alethea Black.

About the Authors:

Manuel Muñoz, author of two short story collections: The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue and Zigza!er. His first novel, What You See in the Dark, was published in spring 2011 of which Publishers Weekly said “[A] stellar first novel . . . with a subtlety worthy of Hitchcock himself.” Muñoz is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize. He’s received a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a 2009 O.Henry Prize for a short story. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Rush Hour, Swink, Epoch, Glimmer Train, and Boston Review. A native of Dinuba, California, he is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Arizona at Tucson.

Alethea Black whose debut collection of short stories, I Knew You’d Be Lovely (Broadway Books/Random House), was chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and was an Oprah.com Book of the Week. “This debut reads like a dream, with nary a false note…a well-balanced collection filled with low-key charm and notable talent.” – Kirkus Reviews. Her work has won the Arts & Letters Prize and has appeared in The Kenyon ReviewThe Antioch Review and Narrative, among others.

Produced and Directed by Cedering Fox

Associate Produced by Darrell Larson

Special thanks to Jason Nower for videography.