Word for Word's Off the Page staged reading series is the public's first look at pieces we are considering for upcoming productions. With a public staged reading of a short story, we invite audiences to see the steps of our process of bringing a work from the page to the stage in the Word for Word style. After the reading, the audience is encouraged to engage in a conversation with us, which gives valuable feedback as we decide on the next steps of a work's development.

2017 Calendar



FEB 13
George Saunders, "Lincoln in the Bardo"
Word for Word performs from George Saunders' novel, prior to a speaking engagement by the author
7:00 PM at the Jewish Community Center  More >>

FEB 22
Emily Dickinson "A Quiet Passion"
Word for Word reads the poetry of Emily Dickinson prior to a screening of a film at Mostly British Film Festival
6:30 PM at the Vogue Theatre  More >>

MAR 13
When Women Speak:  Strong words from strong women in our nation's history
A benefit for reproductive health rights and justice. Directed by Delia McDougall
7:30 pm, Z Space  More Info and RSVP >>

MAR 20
Lucia Berlin, "Here it is Saturday" and "Emergency Room Notebook 1977"
7 pm, Z Below More Info and RSVP>> 

JUN 19
A Joy Williams Double-Header:   "The Girls" by Joy Williams, from Best American Short Stories 2005; "a story in which evil reigns, front and center"
"Williams is...the heir to Flannery O'Connor"—Atlantic Monthly
Produced by Word for Word's Associate Artist Group; directed by Becca Wolff
7 pm, Z Below More Info and RSVP>> 

JUL 31
"Back of Beyond" by Ron Rash:  from Rash's  Southern Appalachian short stories collection, Nothing Gold Can Stay. A portrait of rural desperation, a place beyond traditional America. A window on a world which has shaped our present. 
7 pm, Z Below More Info and RSVP>> 

AUG 14
"The Night in Question" by Tobias Wolff-- in preparation for Word for Word's 25th Anniversary in 2018: Stories by our favorite writers!! Directed by Joel Mullennix      
 7 pm, Z Below More Info and RSVP>>