STAGED READINGS from Carla Perry’s novel “RIVA BESIDE ME” continue with performances in Newport and Yachats
Sunday, February 23, 1 p.m. at the Newport Visual Arts Center (a fundraiser for the VAC)
Sunday, March 16, 2 p.m. at the Yachats Commons (sponsored by the Friends of the Yachats Commons)
The performances are 1.5 hours, followed by a Q&A.
Admission to both shows is free, but donations are gratefully appreciated.
“Riva Beside Me” is a novel based on real life, growing up in Manhattan in a dysfunctional family. But the story is one of transition and hope, where humor and love prevail. The story makes it obvious that angels walk among us.
The script for the staged readings is excerpted from the book, narrowed down to focus on just four of the characters. The cast includes Sarah Gayle as RIVA, Hovey Grosvenor as RICHARD, KE Edmisten as THE MOTHER, and Wayne Plourde as THE NARRATOR. Author Carla Perry will be on hand to introduce the show and answer questions afterward.
Staged readings have already been performed to SRO crowds in Toledo, Portland, and at Canyon Way Bookstore in Newport:
“What a wonderful and memorable evening, I will never forget it. The performance is incredibly thought-provoking and the cast is incredible. I really got the sense that The Narrator (Wayne Plourde) comes from another realm. Sarah Gayle as Riva certainly comes across as the voice of God or the Spirit. The Mother (KE Edmisten) is perfect, and where did you ever find the young man (Hovey Grosvenor) who plays Richard? He took my breath away. –Shirley Erikson, Portland.
Brilliant performance Bravo! Bravo! – Very magical… our culture needs angels. What a compelling translation of the book to the stage. I am so glad to have had the chance to talk afterward. I had a LOT to say.” –Abigail Brandt, Salem.”
Advance copies of “Riva Beside Me” are available through www.dancingmoonpress.com, at Powell’s Books in Portland, SolaLuna Gallery in Toledo, and in Newport at Canyon Way Restaurant & Bookstore, Nye Beach Bookhouse, Things Rich and Strange. The book is also available at the Toledo and Newport public libraries. E-Books are available through Amazon, KOBO, Barnes and Noble, and Apple iTunes.
Additional performances are being scheduled in various venues in Corvallis, Salem, Albany, Eugene, and towns along the Oregon Coast. For those interested in hosting a staged reading of “Riva Beside Me,” and for all other information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 541-574-7708.