Deepening Insight

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Transformation and personal revelation unite this program’s two rather different stories, in which the main characters undergo profound and life-changing experiences.

The program begins with “The Seventh Man,” by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, who was born in Kyoto in 1949, and has published many volumes of novels and short story collections. Many Murakami stories have a very hip, modern feel to them.  But “The Seventh Man” begins with an old-fashioned device, like something from one of Akira Kurosawa’s epic films: On a dark and stormy night, a group of men sit around a circle and share unusual stories from their pasts.  The story that the seventh man tells is intimate, and awesome—a childhood trauma that has clouded the man’s whole life.  The reader is SHORTS regular John Shea, whose stage, film, and television credits include “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” "The Master and Margarita", "American Days", “Windy City,” “Lois & Clark,” and “Mutant X.”

Our second tale of ever-deepening insight is “The Rememberer,” by the Los Angeles-based writer Aimee Bender, who teaches creative writing at the University of Southern California. Bender has published the story collections Willful Creatures and The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, and the novels An Invisible Sign of My Own, which was a Los Angeles Times “Pick of The Year,” and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. The heroine of this tale has a lover named Ben who undergoes a remarkable transformation that changes both their lives forever. The tale is told by the distinguished Broadway actress, Marian Seldes.  A brief interview with Seldes follows the reading.

 “The Seventh Man by Haruki Murakami read by John Shea

“The Rememberer,” by Aimee Bender read by Marian Seldes

The musical interlude is “Atmosphere’s Edge” by Bruce Gremo.  The SELECTED SHORTS theme is Roger Kellaway’s “Come to the Meadow.”


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Marian Seldes and John Shea
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