Stories by Alice Munro:

“The Office” and “Dolly”

Feb 24 - Apr 3, 2015 at Z Below

“Joel Mullennix has done a stunning job bringing both the comic and tragi-comic ironies of Munro’s words to life, and the cast for both stories is superb…”
David Wiegand, SF Chronicle

“There simply couldn't be a more perfect pairing than Nobel Prize-winning Canadian writer Alice Munro and Word for Word”
Leslie Katz, SF Examiner

This Word for Word production features two short stories by 2013 Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro: "The Office" and "Dolly"—from Ms.Munro's first short story collection (Dance of the Happy Shades) and from her latest (Dear Life). This production is especially exciting because you—Word for Word's loyal audience—helped us choose these stories from our Off the Page readings. You voted for your favorites of the four Munro stories we presented, and these were your choices!

In "The Office" a young housewife is convinced that an office of one's own is what she needs to be a real writer--but when she finds the perfect place, her landlord presents an unexpected and surprising obstacle; in "Dolly", our protagonist is confident that she and her husband have the enduring love of late life—until Franklin's old flame, Gwen, pops up. From Munro's first short story collection to her most recent, these two stories showcase the irony, humor, and surprise found in Munro's heroines.


Sheila Balter*
Jeri Lynn Cohen*
Paul Finocchiaro
Susan Harloe*
Harold Swain*

Designers and Crew:
David A. Young*: Stage Manager
Jimmy Walden: Production Manager
Amber Bryant: Assistant Stage Manager
Jacqueline Scott: Scenic and Properties Designer
JIm Cave: Lighting Designer
Cliff Caruthers: Sound Designer
Cassandra Carpenter: Costume Designer
Andrea Weber: Movement Designer
Dave Szlaza: Video Consultant
Dave Gardner: Technical Designer

*Member, AEA