Willa Cather, one of the leading figures of American literary Modernism, clearly forbade in her will the publication of her letters. But this spring, more than 65 years after her death, the letters have become available, published—and, now, read aloud by some of Seattle’s favorite actors—Paul Morgan Stetler (Curtis Craig in Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh) and Marya Sea Kaminski (winner of the 2010 Genius Award in Theater from The Stranger). The 566 letters in The Selected Letters of Willa Cather range from funny (and mostly misspelled) teenaged reports of life in Red Cloud in the 1880s through her college years at the University of Nebraska, her time as a journalist, and during her growing eminence as a novelist. Short Stories Live Director John Langs (The Trial), who brings a singularly theatrical approach to this program, says it’s clear in the letters that O Pioneers! was a watershed moment when Cather “found her voice,” so he focuses on her leap from a young and confident woman to a prominent and important artist. Andrew Jewell, co-editor of The Selected Letters of Willa Cather and editor of the Willa Cather Archive, consulted with Langs on the letters selected for Short Stories Live, and joins the program. Presented by Town Hall.
Advance tickets are $13/$10 Town Hall members, seniors & students, at www.townhallseattle.org; $15/$13 at the door. Town Hall members receive priority seating. Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street.
Other Arts & Culture, Literary, Short Stories Live Events
Friday, September 5, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm
Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm
Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. Free.
Friday, September 19, 2014, 8:00 – 10:00pm
Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5-$25.