WordTheatre with Allan Gurganus in association with Chapman University

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Stephen Tobolowsky
Gethin Anthony
Bruce Vilanch
Allan Gurganus
Morgan Lauff

Allan Gurganus joined WordTheatre for another exciting addition of our Author/Actor Series. Each evening of this series features a selection of film and television actors performing the featured authors’ stories. The performance was followed by a Q&A with the author and actors, and concluded with book signings. This night’s performance was presented in association with the Chapman University Department of English. 


  • Bruce Vilanch (Emmy winning writer for Academy Awards) read “Toward a More Precise Identification of the Newer Angels.”
  • Gethin Anthony (Charles Manson in Aquarius, Renly Baratheon in Game of Thrones) read “It Had Wings.”
  • Stephen Tobolowsky (Californication, The Lorax) read “Fourteen Feet of Water in my House.”
  • Allan Gurganus read Walt Whitman’s letter “Death of a Pennsylvania Soldier” which inspired “Reassurance.”
  • Morgan Lauff (Chapman University Theatre Performance BFA Candidate) read “Reassurance.”

About the Author:

Allan Gurganus –The New York Times Best Selling author is best known for his  novel Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and spent eight months on the New York Times bestseller list. The CBS adaptation of the work, starring Donald Sutherland and Diane Lane won a “Best Supporting Actress” Emmy for Cecily Tyson as the freed slave, Castalia. Gurganus’s  other works include his two novels White People, (Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Pen-Faulkner Finalist) and Plays Well With Others, as well as two collections of novellas The Practical Heart: Four Novellas (Lambda Literary Award) and Local Souls. His stories have been honored by the O’Henry Prize Stories, Best American Stories, and The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Gurganus was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and is the recipient of an Ingram Merill Award.

Produced And Directed By: Cedering Fox