Guest host Sonia Manzano presents two stories about identity, appearance, and longing. In Elizabeth Crane’s “Blue Girl,” a young woman learns how to embrace her strangeness. Crane is the author of the novels The History of Great Things and We Only Know So Much and the story collections All This Heavenly Glory, You Must be this Happy to Enter, When the Messenger is Hot, and most recently Turf. Her work has been featured in Mississippi Review, Chicago Review, Fairy Tale Review, and The Believer, among other journals. Reader Valorie Curry. appeared in the films “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” and “Blair Witch.” On television she was featured on “Veronica Mars” and “The Following.” She is a member of the Fundamental Theater Project.
“Different” is certainly how you’d describe the folktale character Rumplestiltskin, but in Michael Cunningham’s remix, that doesn’t keep him from wanting a normal life. Cunningham is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Hours as well Specimen Days, By Nightfall and A Home at the End of the World. “Little Man” comes from his collection A Wild Swan and Other Tales. Reader Zach Grenier has a recurring role on “The Good Wife.” Other television work has included “24,” “Deadwood,” and “Law & Order.” His extensive stage career includes “Stuff Happens,” “33 Variations,” “A Man for All Seasons,” “Gabriel,” and “Storefront Church.” This spring he will appear as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.”