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Guests met some of America’s finest short story writers at WordTheatre with great actors bringing great short stories to life. Each evening in the series will feature a selection of film and television actors performing the featured authors’ stories, followed by a reading from the author, a Q&A with the artists, and signings. This series was presented in association with the Chapman University Department of English.

October 13 at Soho House West Hollywood 


  • John Heard (Home Alone, Sharknado) performed “Tree Line Kansas, 1934”
  • Sterling Sulieman (Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries) performs “Sleeping Bear Lament”
  • Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy, Trainspotting) performs “The Projector”
  • Fred Melamed (A Serious Man, In a World…) performs “Instructions for a Funeral”
  • Reading from the author and an Artist Q&A period to follow.

October 14 – David Means at Chapman University


  • Xander Berkeley (24, Nikita) performed “The Butler’s Lament”
  • Sterling Sulieman performed “Sleeping Bear Lament”
  • Ryan Stathos (Chapman University Theatre Performance BFA Candidate) performed “What I Hope For”
  • Sarah Clarke (Twilight, The Tomorrow People) performed “The Secret Goldfish”

Reading from the author and an Artist Q& A period to follow.

About the Author: David Means 

Winner of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, Means is a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner. He has penned three short story collections and published over 50 stories in magazines ranging from Esquire to The New Yorker to Zoetrope. His writing can be found in the O. Henry Prize collections, The Best American Short Stories, and several other anthologies. His newest story will be included in the upcoming issue of Vice Magazine. He joined us from New York where he was teaching at Vassar.

Produced and Directed by Cedering Fox