--Elizabeth Crane, “Ad”
One woman writes an epic singles ad, while another finds an eerie headline in the paper—and rethinks her marriage.
If you have you ever wondered exactly what you would say if you were driven to place a personal ad describing yourself and what you were seeking, you will be entertained by this tour de force by Elizabeth Crane, whose chaotic SWF explains her entire personal history in her attempt to snare a movie star, in “Ad.” Elizabeth Crane has published three collections of short fiction--You Must Be This Happy to Enter> /em>, When the Messenger is Hot> /em>, and
Eudora Welty’s masterful stories about Southern women always have surprising premises. In this program’s second story, “A Piece of News,” a woman spreading newspapers on the floor apparently spots an astonishing article about herself. In some brief remarks from the stage at Symphony Space, Welty’s biographer Suzanne Mars tells us that the story was inspired by an incident in Welty’s life, and that she typically drew on chance moments to create her elaborate, emotional works. Singer-songwriter Kathryn Markey makes her SELECTED SHORTS debut with this piece. “Ad” by Elizabeth Crane, read by Jill Eikenberry “A Piece of News” by Eudora Welty, read by Kathryn Markey
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