Stories on Stage Sacramento loves emerging writers, writers either on the cusp of a brilliant career, or local writers who have been quietly dazzling us for years. This month, we present two such authors: Jenn Alandy Trahan and Diane Kallas. Jenn’s a Stegner Fellow and Vallejo native. Diane’s a teacher and a longtime Davis resident. Their stories are: “They Told Us Not To Say This,” by Jenn Alendy Trahan, and “Spud, “by Diane Kallas. These tales are compelling, stunning, luminous—truly in the spirit of our motto – “electrifying prose, crackling theatre.” Their work will be read by Ruby Sketchley and Krystle Piamonte.
Friday, August 30
At the Auditorium at CLARA, 1425 24th Street, Sacramento
Doors open at 7PM. Readings begin at 7:30.
A $10 donation is suggested.
About our writers
Jenn Alandy Trahan is a Filipino-American writer, born in Houston, Texas and raised in Vallejo, California. The first in her family to go to college, she graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a BA in English, and earned her MA in English and MFA in Fiction from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She’s a Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing at Stanford, where she was a 2016-2018 Stegner Fellow. A winner of the Robert Olen Butler Short Fiction Prize, her work can also be found in Permafrost, and Blue Mesa Review. “They Told Us Not To Say This” was first published in Harper’s, in September 2018, and was selected for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories 2019, to be published in October 2019. She lives in Los Altos with her husband and toddler.
Diane Kallas lives at Muir Commons CoHousing Community in Davis where she has learned to cook meals for 70 people and how to weed an orchard. She could be writing a collection of short stories where every one begins with “I can’t believe what happened to my neighbor this week,” but instead she spends her time nursing several aged cats, and working as a hospital-to-home teacher for critically ill K-12 students. A former technical writer and amateur upholsterer, she has a Master’s degree in Literature and a Juris Doctor, neither of which have really led to steady employment. She has been published in Caketrain and the Boston Literary Magazine, and has had a flash piece read at Stories on Stage Sacramento.
About our readers
Krystle Piamonte will be reading “They Told Us Not To Say This” by Jenn Alandy Trahan. A Bay-area based stage and screen actor, Krystle’s theatre credits include productions with SF Playhouse, Z Space, Ferocious Lotus, and Bindlestiff Studio. Her screen credits include When We Rise, Sense8, Sorry to Bother You, Bound 4 Heaven, and commercials for Honda, Turo, and SF Giants. She’s an alumna of the CSUS Theatre and Dance program, and the former Assistant Director and Resident Choreographer of Sinag-tala Filipino Theater & Performing Arts Association. Proud new member of Actor’s Equity Association.
Ruby Sketchley returns to Stories on Stage Sacramento to read Diane Kallas’s “Spud”. She’s familiar to Sacramento theatergoers for her appearances at Sacramento Theatre Company, Capital Stage, Big Idea Theatre, KOLT, and MSTW. She’s also performed as an 1850’s tour guide in Old Sacramento. Ruby is a former company member of Big Idea Theatre and a former board member of the Capital Film Arts Alliance. She and her husband own Tiny Octopus Productions, which produced the award winning documentary In The Parlor.