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Next reading of “Riva beside me…” Sunday afternoon, Yachats Commons

"Riva Beside Me" readings. (L>R) KE Edmisten, Sarah Gayle, Hovey Grosvenor, Wayne Plourde. Carla Perry photo

“Riva Beside Me” readings.
(L>R) KE Edmisten, Sarah Gayle, Hovey Grosvenor, Wayne Plourde.
Carla Perry photo

YACHATS COMMONS — THIS COMING SUNDAY AFTERNOON — next STAGED READING OF “RIVA BESIDE ME”

The Friends of the Yachats Commons is sponsoring the next Staged Reading from the novel, “Riva Beside Me: New York City 1963-1966,” by Carla Perry. The performance takes place on Sunday, March 16, starting at 2 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully appreciated.

The script for the staged readings is lifted from the book, but focuses 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. Please note: Bring your sense of humor, relentless hope and emotional catharsis.

“Riva Beside Me,” is based on real life, of a young girl 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. Staged readings have already been performed to standing-room-only crowds at the Canyon Way Bookstore, Toledo and Portland. It has also been performed at the Newport Visual Arts Center.

“After experiencing the staged reading at Canyon Way, I bought a copy of “Rive Beside Me,” and have just finished it. I was swept away by the subtle details and enormous visual context gained by reading the novel in its entirety. It was obviously an extraordinary experience for the audience, for the four actors, and indeed for my friends who came with me. I am thrilled to see that you have scheduled additional readings.” Barbara Gast, Summit.

Paperback copies of “Riva Beside Me” will be available for sale and autographing at the Yachats Commons. The book is also available at Powell’s Books in Portland, and in Newport at Canyon Way, Nye Beach Bookhouse, Things Rich and Strange, and at the Toledo and Newport public libraries. E-Books are available through Amazon, KOBO, Barnes and Noble, and Apple iTunes.

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