Programs by Author

Louisa May Alcott – Merry’s Monthly Chat: A Happy New Year

Julia Alvarez – Snow from How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

Hans Christian Anderson – The Little Match Girl

Ambrose Bierce – An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Elizabeth Bowen – Home for Christmas

Elizabeth Barret Browning – Sonnets from the Portuguese XLII

Truman Capote – A Christmas Memory Available in Holiday Sampler and Merry Kwanzanukamas

Lewis Carrol – Alice In Wonderland – 1 hour

Raymond Carver –  1 hour

  • STORIES – Cathedral, Popular Mechanics, What We Talk about When We Talk About Love

  • POEMS – Why Honey?, A Haircut, The Ashtray, My Dad’s Wallet, Plus, Waiting, Your Dog Dies

Anton Chekhov

  • #1 Dear Author…Dear Actress:  the Letters of Anton Chekhov & Olga Knipper – 50 minutes
  • #2 A collection of short stories 1 hour

Emily Dickinson – A Word is Dead…, I’m wife…, I cannot live with you…, Nature…

Anne Frank – The Diary of a Young Girl  – 25 minutes

Robert Frost – Ten Stories – 45 minutes

Nathaniel Hawthorne – Young Goodman Brown

Ernest Hemingway – Hills Like White Elephants

Langston Hughes – Salvation from The Big Sea: An Autobiography, Theme for English B, The Weary Blues

Shirley Jackson – Trial by Combat

James Joyce – Evaline

Carson McCullers – A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.

Ogden Nash – The Boy who Laughed at Santa Claus, The Party Next Door

O. Henry – The Gift of the Magi Available in Holiday Sampler

Dorothy Parker – You Were Perfectly Fine Available in  A Valentine’s Show

Edgar Allan Poe – The Tell-Tale Heart, Annabel Lee

Saki (H.H. Munro) – Down Pens, The Boar Pig, The Open Window

Shakespeare – Taming Shakespeare: Your Word Against His 1 hour

This interactive program explores the themes and language of Taming of the Shrew.

  • Language Insult Name Game – The best way to experience Shakespeare’s language is to use it. So…we have gathered a list, using some of Shakespeare’s most vibrant language – the insults. Each audience member devises a three-word Shakespearean insult and then gets to hurl it at another audience member.
  • Modern English Translation – Two actors perform a scene from the play, while two audience members provide a Modern English translation that underscores the original text.

  • Inner Thoughts Monologue – An actor recites a monologue from the play while revealing the inner thoughts of the character.

  • Subtext Chorus or What Motivates You – While the actors act a scene from the play, the audience, divided into groups, reflects the hopes and fears of the characters by responding with actions or phrases that say what’s really going on.

  • Sit-com Battle of the Sexes – The famous Kate and Petruchio battle is interwoven with a modern-day sit-com.

Shel Silverstein – The Giving Tree, Ma and God

Isaac Bashevis Singer – The Snow in Chelm, Zlateh the Goat Available in The Fools of Chelm

John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men

Paul Theroux – Yard Sale

James Thurber – If Grant had been Drinking at Appomattox, The MacBeth Murder Mystery

Mark Twain – Aurelia’s Unfortunate Young Man

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. – Harrison Bergeron, Long Walk to Forever, Slaughterhouse Five

Loudon Wainwright – The Annual Crisis of Love

Edith Wharton – Roman Fever

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