Word for Word Presents:


Stories by Tobias Wolff and George Saunders
Featuring "Deep Kiss" and "Victory Lap"

August 8 - September 2 on Z Space's Main Stage

Word for Word’s twenty fifth anniversary show will be a true treat, featuring stories by two of our favorite authors, Tobias Wolff and George Saunders. We’ll post more details here as they become available.

As a special treat, watch for An Evening with Tobias Wolff and George Saunders (date and details are still TBD). If you want to get on a waiting list for this, please email Word for Word Co-Artistic Director Susan Harloe at susanharloe@hotmail.com.

Directed by

Joel Mullennix and Delia MacDougall



March 4th - "Live! with Marcus Shelby" benefit for Word for Word

This installment of Lucia Berlin: Stories is a special benefit show. After the show, guests will be treated to very special live set by Marcus Shelby's jazz trio. Marcus Shelby is a world renowned jazz composer and bandleader, and frequent Z Space/Word for Word collaborator. He composed the music to Be Bop Baby, a collaboration with Margo Hall that premiered at Z Space in 2015, as well as the music to Sonny's Blues, Word for Word's 2008 spectacularly successful staging of James Baldwin's classic short story.  We hope that you'll enjoy us for some hors d'oevres, drinks, and a chance to see an amazing artist perform.

Tickets are $75

Press Resources

The dedicated press agent for this show is David Hyry, who can be reached at daldenh@aol.com.


Cassidy Brown*, Jeri Lynn Cohen*, Ryan Williams French*, Norman Gee*,  Gendell Hing-Hernandez*, Delia MacDougall*, Indiia Wilmott and Phil Wong.

Design & Production Team 

Karen Runk*, Stage Manager
James Cave, Lighting
Oliver DiCicco, Scenic Design
Christy Funsch, Choreography
Naomie Kremer, Video, Scenic
Michelle Mulholland, Costumes
Jacquelyn Scott, Scenic Design and Prop Design
Marcus Shelby, Original Score

*Denotes Member, Actors Equity Association

Author's Biography

Lucia Berlin (1936-2004, pronunciation: Lu-see-a) published 77 short stories during her lifetime. Most, but not all, were collected in three volumes from Black Sparrow Press: Homesick (1991), So Long (1993), and Where I Live Now (1999). These gathered from previous collections of 1980, 1984, and 1987, and presented newer work.

Early publication commenced when she was twenty-four, in Saul Bellow's journal The Noble Savage and in The New Strand. Later stories appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, New American Writing, and countless smaller magazines. Homesick won an American Book Award.

Berlin worked brilliantly but sporadically throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and most of the 1980s. By the late '80s, her four sons were grown and she had overcome a lifelong problem with alcoholism (her accounts of its horrors, its drunk tanks and DTs and occasional hilarity, occupy a particular corner of her work). Thereafter she remained productive up to the time of her early death.