Friday, November 22, 2019
All readings begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.
"A Woman of Parts" by Sharon Steeber
"Downshifting" by Sharon Steeber
"Don't Eat the Cake" by Bianca Sanchez
A Woman of Parts: Five generations of mother-daughter tell their stories in linked monologues. The narrative starts in the late 1800s on a tobacco farm in rural Georgia with Cressida, who ultimately has to run the farm herself. The next monologue moves to her daughter Leila Mae, who rebels against farm life, then to her daughter Alsace- Lorraine, and on through two more generations. For each woman, a particular physical attribute plays a significant role and ultimately leads to a realization and celebration of what has been passed through the generations.
Downshifting: Grandma is 95 and still driving. Her car was just totaled in an accident that was not her fault. Her daughter Linda insists it’s a perfect time for Grandma to give up her license, especially before she actually hurts someone. But Linda and her son Tyler, who both live under Grandma’s roof, aren’t such good drivers themselves. It turns out each of the three has something to lose.
Don't Eat the Cake:
Nina and Maria’s father was caught cheating on their mother, Jocelyn,—again. And as usual, Jocelyn wants to forgive and forget. But Nina and Maria know that their father is guilty of far worse monstrosities than infidelity, and unlike Jocelyn, they can’t forgive him, and definitely cannot forget.
Sharon Steeber has published an immigrant novel, developmental textbooks for college students, a magazine and newspaper column, and other journalism. She recently completed a second novel, But Do You Love Me with Locura? Her ten-minute play
For Sure was produced earlier this year in the San Miguel Playwrights’ Winter Showcase in central Mexico.
Bianca Sanchez is an English major at San Diego State University. She works at Montezuma Publishing on the SDSU campus.
Moderator: Grant Gelvin
Refreshments: Mitch Feingold
Greeter: Art Rossiter
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