Guest host Jane Curtin presents two stories about marriage, performed at Stony Brook University in Southampton, New York, featuring authors published in Southampton Review.   In “Any Number of Little Old Ladies,” by Bruce Jay Friedman, a playwright uses his wife as a character and she’s not thrilled.   Friedman has published eight novels including Stern,

A Father’s Kisses, and Violencia! A Musical Novel.   His short story collections include Three Balconies: Stories and a NovellaThe Collected Short Fiction of Bruce Jay Friedman, and Far from the City of Class.

 The dual reading is by Maulik Pancholy and Blythe Danner.  Pancholy is best known for his roles on “30 Rock,” “Phineas and Ferb,” “ Weeds,” and “Whitney.”   He is also making a name for himself an occasional host of our SELECTED SHORTS road shows.

 The distinguished actor Blythe Danner has many stage appearances include “Butterflies Are Free;” “The Philadelphia Story;” “The Country House;” “All About Eve;” and “Follies.”  Films include “1776,” “The Great Santini;” “Mr. and Mrs. Bridge;”  “The Prince of Tides;” “Husbands and Wives;” and “I’ll See You in My Dreams.”  On television she has had featured roles in “Huff,” “Will & Grace,” and “We Were the Mulvaneys.”  Recent work includes the limited series “Madoff,” and “Gypsy.”

 In our second story, Roxanna Robinson’s “In Naples,” another marriage is at risk.   A trip to Italy forces one woman to confront her feelings about her husband.  Robinson is the author of the novels This is My Daughter, SweetwaterCost and Sparta, and the anthologies A Perfect Stranger and Other Stories, Asking for Love, and A Glimpse of Scarlet.  She is also the editor of The Road Ahead: Stories of the Forever War.

 “In Naples” is performed by Betty Buckley, whose full career includes the musicals “Pippin;” “Cats;” “Sunset Boulevard;” “1776;” and “The Triumph of Love.”   Film work includes “Tender Mercies,” “The Happening,” and “Split.”  On television Buckley starred in the series “Eight Is Enough.

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