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Penn’s Village Reads Short Stories

“The Art of Coarse Acting” by Michael Green
“The Loudest Voice” by Grace Paley

These seasonal stories feature a theme that will resonate with most in the weeks leading up to the holidays.

“The Art of Coarse Acting” is a 1964 humorous book on amateur theatre by British journalist Michael Green, following the success of his The Art of Coarse Acting in 1960. Green describes a coarse actor as one whose “aim is to upstage the rest of the cast. His hope is to be dead by Act Two so that he can spend the rest of his time in the bar.” Green began his career as a junior journalist on the Leicester Mercury before becoming a sports writer on The Observer and a contributor to the Sunday Times, among others.

“The Loudest Voice" is about Shirley Abramowitz, a little girl who possesses the loudest voice of anyone in her neighborhood or school. Shirley’s vocal prowess, sometimes an annoyance to her parents and friends, is suddenly appreciated in her public elementary school. She is summoned to see the teacher coordinating the school’s annual Christmas show, and joins a cast of mostly fellow Jewish Americans barely acclimated to their new country. Grace Paley has been called the godmother to American Jewish women writers, and one of the best American Jewish fiction writers of the 20th century.

Polly MacIntyre started acting in Houston, Texas during the1980s, eventually becoming a company member at Main Street Theater in Philadelphia. She created “Belles of Dublin,” an evening of Irish theatre and music. Polly’s film work includes “Bob and the Trees,” which won the Grand Prize at the Karlovy Vary Festival and “Down With the King,” which premiered recently at Cannes and won the Grand Prix at the Deauville Film Festival.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM
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