Actor Lesley Nicol at Chapman WordTheatre Event Sept. 16, 2013

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Celebrated Authors’ Short Stories Brought to Life by Film and Television Celebrities & Chapman Students

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WordTheatre’s fall series at Chapman University brings America’s finest short story writers to Orange for celebrity and student performances. On Monday, November 4, Danielle Panabaker (“Friday the 13th,” “Unnecessary Roughness”) and Robert Wisdom (“Nashville,” “The Dark Knight Rises”) as well as Chapman University student Donathan Walters, will bring to life acclaimed short stores by New York writers Percival Everett & Danzy Senna

Performances will take place at 7 p.m. in the Fish Interfaith Center at Chapman University.  Admission is $20 general and $10 for Chapman faculty and staff with valid I.D. Chapman University students are free with valid student I.D.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Percival Everett WordTheatre Featured Writer: Percival Everett


Everett is author of twenty five works of fiction including Erasure, for which he won a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. He is the recipient of a PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, New American Writing Award and The Believer Book Award, among several others. His stories have appeared in The Pushcart Prize Anthologies and Best American Short Stories.

Danzy Senna

Featured Writer: Danzy Senna
Senna is the author of the national bestselling novel Caucasia. Winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, it was named a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year and has been translated into eight languages. She is a recipient of the Whiting Writers Award.

Danielle Panabaker

Danielle Panabaker - (“Friday the 13th,” “Unnecessary Roughness”)

Robert Wisdom

Robert Wisdom - (“Nashville,” “The Dark Knight Rises”)

Donathan Walters is the Chapman student who will be performing

Donathan Walters - (Chapman Student)

+-Featured Authors


Jill McCorkle September 16: Jill McCorkle
Author of five novels and four short story collections, five of which have been named New York Times notable books, her stories have been collected in the Norton Anthology of Short Fiction and New Stories from the South. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, The New York Times Book Review, and Allure to name a few. She chaired Harvard’s Creative Writing program for five years and currently teaches at NC State.
David Means October 14: 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 published over 50 stories in magazines ranging from Esquire to The New Yorker to Zoetrope and his writing can be found in the O. Henry Prize collections, The Best American Short Stories, and several other anthologies. He joins us from New York where he teaches at Vassar.

Percival Everett WordTheatre November 4: Percival Everett & Danzy Senna
Everett is author of twenty five works of fiction including Erasure, for which he won a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. He is the recipient of a PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, New American Writing Award and The Believer Book Award, among several others. His stories have appeared in The Pushcart Prize Anthologies and Best American Short Stories.
Danzy Senna

November 4: Percival Everett & Danzy Senna
Senna is the author of the national bestselling novel Caucasia. Winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, it was named a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year and has been translated into eight languages. She is a recipient of the Whiting Writers Award.

+-September 16 Actors

Lesley

Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore on Downton Abbey)

Cassidy Freeman

Cassidy Freeman (Longmire, Smallville)

+-October 14 Actors


Xander Berkeley

Xander Berkeley – Xander Berkeley made his film debut in the cult classic Mommie Dearest. He went on to land roles in films ranging from the offbeat - Sid and Nancy, Terminator 2, Leaving Las Vegas and Gattaca - to modern classics including The Rookie, Apollo 13, A Few Good Men, and Amistad, making him one of the most well respected actors around. Television credits include the Fox hit 24 and the CW's Nikita. His next feature film will be Louder Than Words, and he's recently completed roles in the upcoming films Interstellar and Solace.  He is married to Sarah Clarke, whom he met on the set of “24.”

Sarah Clarke Sarah Clarke – Sarah Clarke is best known for her role on Fox’s acclaimed television series 24, where she portrayed “Nina Meyers” for three seasons. She recently starred on Trust Me and has had recurring roles on Men of a Certain Age, the hit drama Covert Affairs, and Nikita. In film, she is known for her role in the teenage vampire phenomenon Twilight; (portraying Renee Dwyer, Kristen Stewart’s mother). Sarah returned to the role in Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. She also co-starred in the independent feature Women in Trouble and the independent film The Signal. Sarah is currently recurring on the new sci-fi drama The Tomorrow People and filming the highly anticipated pilot of the new drama Line of Sight.
Sterling Suleiman

Sterling Sulieman – Sterling Sulieman has appeared in TV’s “The Vampire Diaries,” “24,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “NCIS,” “Bones,” “Entourage” and many more series.  He had a long run on the daytime drama “All My Children,” on which he starred as “Dre Woods” from 2007-08.  On film, he appeared in 2011’s “In Time” with Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried.

+-WordTheatre’s Artistic Director

Mae Whitman reads Meg Howrey at Soho House West HollywoodCedering Fox, selects the stories, casts esteemed film and television actors and directs the performances.  Each event will feature one Chapman Drama student.  WordTheatre® performs in Los Angeles, New York and London, and Ms. Fox is known for brilliantly pairing the right actor with each story.

Past actor/author pairings include Board Member James Franco reading Jim Shepard, Honorary Board Member Amanda Seyfried reading Dylan Landis, Julianna Margulies reading Amy Hempel, Jeff Goldblum reading TC Boyle, Marcia Gay Harden reading Pamela Painter, David Strathairn reading Russell Banks, Damian Lewis reading Anthony Doerr, Amy Brenneman reading Jane Smiley and many more.

(Left: Mae Whitman reads Meg Howrey at Soho House West Hollywood.)

+-Partnering with Chapman

Tracie Thoms and Dorian Missick at WordTheatre 'Storytales' at The Ford AmphitheatreWordTheatre has partnered with Chapman University’s English Department and with distinguished author/professor Richard Bausch to bring these world-class writers and actors to Orange. Fox is delighted. “I have been a fan of Richard Bausch’s short stories for twenty years. I finally had the pleasure of meeting Richard when we featured his work in WordTheatre’s New York series last year.  He loved hearing the way the actors breathed life into the stories and was deeply moved. It is an emotional experience to be in the audience. When Richard emailed me to say he was relocating to Chapman, I immediately booked him for our Los Angeles series. That night, the idea of bringing WordTheatre to Chapman was born. We are launching what we hope will be a long and distinguished series at Chapman, that will bring the best writers and actors in the world to Orange County.”

WordTheatre: Giving Voice to Great Writing is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on a mission to open up new ways of thinking about words, stories, and people through powerful and entertaining performances that bring contemporary literature to life.  The organization also creates original themed events to benefit fellow educational and charitable organizations. Full season information is available at WordTheatre.com.

Chapman University is one of California’s oldest and most respected private universities. Founded in 1861, the university attracts high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students from all over the United States, and more than 60 nations around the world. Chapman’s English Department offers students innovative and personalized instruction as the basis for lifelong learning and literary citizenship.

(Left: Tracie Thoms and Dorian Missick at WordTheatre 'Storytales' at The Ford Amphitheatre.)

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