by: Amanda Rivera
Scott O’Connor’s latest novel Half World received a review in the New York Times as a story that “… speaks softly and somehow manages to make something beautiful of unspeakable matters.” This noteworthy EFG Short Story finalist and noted author of Untouchable reminisces about his experience with WordTheatre:
“When was the last time someone read you a story? Ten years? Twenty? Forty? You might have been a child. That’s when we sit and listen to stories, right? As children. […] Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had the great and surprising pleasure to attend two WordTheatre events—one in London, one in Los Angeles—which means I’ve had the great and surprising pleasure of sitting in a room full of other (adult) people while someone read us a story. There are names involved here—famous names, sometimes—actors and writers I (and maybe you) admire. But once a performer steps to the front of the room and begins to read, all of that goes away. Fame and reputation matter far less than the stories themselves; reading them, listening to them. There’s an intimacy created, an emotional line connecting reader and listener. For an hour or two, in each of those rooms, no one checked their phone, or updated their status, or gave anything a little digital thumbs-up. Instead we listened, like we used to—realizing, maybe, altogether, that we’d forgotten something over the years. What it feels like to hear a great story, well-told. Ten years disappeared. Twenty, forty. At the end of each show there was what felt like a sigh of relief in the room, the realization that we’d all found something we hadn’t known we’d lost.”
Scott’s glowing perspective and continued support of WordTheatre contribute to our community in powerful ways. You can find his novels Half World and Untouchable at a bookstore near you.