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Performing Arts 18

Spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on a new life when they are performed by stars of the stage and screen.


Party Animals

March 11th, 2015

Episode 28 of 115 episodes

Four stories about parties--birthday parties, dinner parties, office parties—and what can go right and wrong. A small boy charms three old ladies in Lynda Sexson’s “Turning,” read by Christine Lahti. A generous father hides a secret at his daughter’s party, in Etgar Keret’s “Goody Bags,” read by Amber Tamblyn. A fireman gets pulled into a dangerous flirtation at a dinner party in Sherman Alexie’s “Faith,” read by Michael Cerveris, and an exploited secretary gets her groove back in an excerpt from David Rakoff’s Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, performed by Anika Noni Rose.