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.

Tobias Wolff's "Deep Kiss" perfectly captures yearning adolescence: this is Joe Reed's story of his first love which nearly breaks him, yet resonates into his middle age.

"A stand out...the painful genius of Tobias Wolff's storytelling"
—New York Times

In George Saunders “Victory Lap” three young people are thrust toward a critical life moment, suddenly and unexpectedly converging on a single point in space and time. Humor develops into great menace, with a soul-saving ending.  

"Saunders might have achieved perfection...the architecture of this story is a marvel"
—Los Angeles Review of Books

Directed by Joel Mullennix and Delia MacDougall


August 15th - An Evening with Tobias Wolff and George Saunders

The August 15th installment of Anniversary! features an appearance by the two authors. After the show, they will engage in a talkback moderated by Z Space's playwright-in-residence Peter Sinn Nachtrieb. Don't miss your chance to hear these authors talk about their work and Word for Word.

Tickets are $125


August 27th - What A Long Great Road It's Been

Word for Word is staging a special retrospective event celebrating their 25 years in existence. This is NOT a performance of Anniversary!, but an event where the entire Charter Group revisits special milestones—including performance snippets, a slideshow, and a reception afterwards. CLICK HERE for more information and tickets.


Tobias Wolff (author, "Deep Kiss") is an American short story writer, memoirist, and novelist. He received a BA in English Language and Literature at Oxford University, an MA at Oxon, and an MA at Stanford University. He is known for his short stories and his memoirs, particularly This Boy's Life: A Memoir (1989, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award) and In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War (1994). Other works include The Barracks Thief (PEN/Faulkner Award), Back in the World, In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, The Night In  Question, Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories (The Story Prize), and Old School. His work has been anthologized in many, many collections, and published in The New Yorker, among other magazines. Other awards include the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, the Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement, The Whiting Award for Fiction and Nonfiction, the Rea Award for Excellence in the Short Story. In 2015, Tobias Wolff received a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama.


George Saunders (author, "Victory Lap") studied under Tobias Wolff in the graduate program in creative writing at Syracuse University. His work includes the short-story collections “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline” (a finalist for the 1996 PEN/Hemingway Award), “Pastoralia,” “In Persuasion Nation” (a finalist for the Story Prize), “Tenth of December” (a finalist for the National Book Award and recipient of the Folio Prize), “Congratulations, By the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness,” and Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel (winner of the Man Booker Prize). Saunders has won prizes for his best-selling children’s book, “The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip,” and for a book of essays entitled “The Braindead Megaphone,” and he has been featured in the “O. Henry Prize Stories,” “Best American Short Stories,” “Best American Nonrequired Reading,” “Best American Travel Writing,” and “Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthologies. Named by The New Yorker one of the best American writers under the age of forty in 1999, Saunders has received fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.