Patrick Daugherty 12:30 p.m., Nov. 26
Write Out Loud: Hearts Afire
Short stories are minidramas, made so by language alone. Why not assemble a troupe and read them in public? Write Out Loud grew from that idea and has become a popular event. These aren't staged readings, with little advance preparation. Local actors rehearse a story as they would a script, emphasizing style and meaning. At the same time, however, all is subordinate to the word. As in the old days of radio, regular attendees often close their eyes and listen. Each reading clusters around a theme. Hearts Afire celebrates Valentine's Day with "stories of love and romance."
Worth a try.