What’s the story, friends? Tonight we are delighted to present Nostalgia-rama at Dragon Theatre in Redwood City. Five years in, we have an amazing cast of Play On Words regulars who are hungry to share the stage. We’re dedicating tonight’s show to our childhoods–to good writing, bad hair, terrible puns and overall awesomeness:
We’re grateful to our amazing readers and to the Dragon for making tonight possible: Melinda Marks, Ronald Feichtmeir, Jeremy Ryan, Adam Weinstein, Erin Southard, Tonya Duncan, Nita Duarte Lambert and April Culver. Artist Clif Gold will also be live drawing the event tonight, and photographer Branden Frederick will be there to take photos.
Join us at 7:30 pm tonight in Redwood City for a wonderful evening. RSVP on Facebook for more details.
What freedom–what mischief–can one young man find when he is in New York for the first time? We are grateful to the talented Adam Weinstein for performing “Construction” by Jon Ford on April 11th at Cafe Stritch:
Talk about new horizons. Big thanks to Adam for loaning us his voice and to Jon for trusting us with his story.
On Monday night we gathered to rehearse for tonight’s show and the air crackled with electricity. Each story, poem and piece is dynamite, and our seasoned cast is more than ready to light up the stage at Cafe Stritch. Play On Words has existed for five years, and in that time we’ve gotten to meet so many amazing artists, writers, performers and patrons of the arts. Every show is special and every show is different. Tonight we bring Play On Words: New Horizons to life.
Join us at 7 pm to witness amazing performers read work by the following fabulous writers:
New Horizons will also feature live drawing by Michelle Frey (Instagram/boule_miche and @michellange on Twitter) and Clifton Gold of Luna Park Arts. Michelle teaches weekly live drawing classes at the School of Visual Philosophy. Special thanks to our photographer Branden Frederick and videographer Ryan Alpers.
Ever wondered what inspired the great Journey hit, “Don’t Stop Believin”? Andrew Tucker reinvented this classic song by inserting three careful periods: Don’t. Stop. Believin.’ Watch as Adam Weinstein interprets Andrew’s funny piece last month at our Words & Music show in San Jose’s St. James Park:
Big thanks to Andrew, Adam, and all the wonderful writers and artists who made our summer show possible.
We are currently on hiatus but hope to collaborate with more Silicon Valley artists this fall. If you have ideas for future shows, or are interested in volunteering with us, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Play On Words fans will surely recognize Gary Singh’s signature poetic style–declarative, language-focused, narrative poems. In case you missed it on July 14, watch the unbeatable Adam Weinstein perform two of Gary’s poems, starting with “”On a Mattress Above a Supermarket in the Capital of Silicon Valley”:
Here’s Adam reading Gary’s second piece, entitled “The Day in Question”:
Gary Singh is an award-winning travel journalist with a music degree who publishes poetry, paints and exhibits photographs. As a scribe, he’s published nearly 1000 works including newspaper columns, travel essays, art and music criticism, profiles, business journalism, lifestyle articles, poetry and short fiction. His poems have been published in The Pedestal Magazine, Dirty Chai, Maudlin House and more. He is the author of The San Jose Earthquakes: A Seismic Soccer Legacy (2015, The History Press).
When you visit a sculpture garden, what do you see? This week we were excited to perform two pieces by local writer Ben Black at our Words & Music show in St. James Park. Ben is a graduate of the creative writing MFA program at San Francisco State University. His work has been published in Smokelong Quarterly, New American Writing, Harpur Palate, The Los Angeles Review, and other journals. His stories have been finalists for the Calvino Prize and the Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest, and one of them won the FOGcon 2013 Student Writing Award. He sometimes lectures at SFSU.
Here’s the wonderful Adam Weinstein reading “Sculpture Garden” (apologies, as part of our video was truncated):
And here’s Brian Van Winkle reading Ben’s second piece, entitled “Timber”: