Orange, Calif. (PRWEB) September 10, 2013
WordTheatre®’s fall series at Chapman University brings America’s finest short story writers to Orange for celebrity and student performances. On Monday, September 16, actors Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore on "Downton Abbey") and Cassidy Freeman ("Longmire," "Smallville") will read stories by North Carolina-based writer Jill McCorkle, who will be present in a special free event introducing the series. Chapman University President James L. Doti will be on hand to welcome attendees.
In the two ticketed events following, author David Means will join us from New York on Monday, October 14, and writers Percival Everett and Danzy Senna will wrap up the series on November 4. Each evening, a selection of film and television celebrities, as well as one of Chapman’s theatre students and the author themselves, will perform the featured authors’ stories, followed by a Q&A with the artists and signings. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. in the Fish Interfaith Center at Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange, Calif. 92866.
WordTheatre®’s Artistic Director, Cedering Fox, selects the stories, casts esteemed film and television actors and directs the performances. Each event will feature one Chapman theatre student. WordTheatre performs in Los Angeles, New York and London, and Ms. Fox is careful to find the perfect voice for 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.
WordTheatre® 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 20 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.”
Admission to the September 16 introductory event is free and open to the public. The two subsequent performances, on October 14 and November 4, are free for students with ID, $18 for the general public. Tickets for the October 14 and November 4 shows will be available at http://www.chapman.edu/wordtheatre. Check for cast updates at http://www.WordTheatre.com; casting is subject to change.
ABOUT WordTheatre (http://www.wordtheatre.com)
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.
ABOUT Chapman University (http://www.chapman.edu)
Consistently ranked among the top universities in the West, Chapman University attracts highly qualified students from around the globe. Its programs are designed to encourage leadership in innovation, creativity and collaboration, and are increasingly recognized for providing an extraordinary educational experience. The university now excels in film and media arts, performing arts, educational studies, economics and business, law, humanities and the sciences. Student enrollment in graduate and undergraduate programs is approaching 7,000, and Chapman University alumni are found throughout California and the world.