Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents three unlikely stories for some April foolery.
First, a hive threatens an office romance in Ryan Boudinot’s “Bee Beard,” read by Tony Hale. Boudinot’s books include The Octopus Rises, Blueprints of the Afterlife, The Littlest Hitler: Stories, and Misconception. In addition, he is the editor of the essay collection Seattle, City of Literature, an anthology featuring essays by over thirty writers, which takes its name from a nonprofit organization that managed Seattle’s bid to join the UNESCO Creative Cities network. Boudinot lives, needless to say, in Seattle.
Reader Tony Hale is best known for his work on the television series “Arrested Development” and “Veep.”
A man finds an ingenious way to escape his own life in Susan Sontag’s “The Dummy.” Sontag’s rich career saw multiple roles—as a critic, filmmaker, teacher, novelist and essayist. Her books include the novels The Volcano Lover, and In America; a collection of short stories, I, etcetera; and the nonfiction works Against Interpretation andIllness as Metaphor among others. Unlike the leading character in “The Dummy,” Sontag engaged fully and fiercely with the world as a human rights activist, serving as the president of the American Center of PEN.
Reader Justin Kirk has appeared on and off Broadway in works including “Any Given Day,” and “Love! Valor! Compassion!” and “Old Wicked Songs.” On film he has appeared in “Flannel Pajamas,” “Chapter Zero,” “The Eden Myth,” “Puccini for Beginners,” and “Call o’ the Glen,” and his television work includes “Jack & Jill” and “Weeds.”
Writer and filmmaker Miranda July often uses ordinary things to make extraordinary points: can a shared patio lead to love? Why do we own things, and why do we give them away? What do we imagine when we hear footsteps on the stair. Her works include the books No One Belongs Here More than You, It Chooses You, and The First Bad Man. Among her films are “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” “The Future,” “Somebody,” and “The Miranda.”
In July’s story “The Swim Team,” a young woman at loose ends winds up coaching a group of feisty seniors—sans water.
And who better to convey the story’s touching quirkiness than the queen of on-screen improv, Parker Posey. Posey is known for her work in Christopher Guest’s mockumentaries, among them “Waiting for Guffman,” “Best in Show,” and “A Mighty Wind.” Other film appearances include “You’ve Got Mail,” “Scream 3,” “Superman Returns,” and the Woody Allen films “Irrational Man” and “Café Society.” On television, Posey has guest starred in series such as “Will & Grace,” “Boston Legal,” “Futurama,” “The Good Wife,” and “Parks and Recreation.”