Theater of the First Amendment Presents ‘Words at Night’

Posted: November 2, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

On Friday, Nov. 4, writers, actors and the community will come together for a unique event in the historic Old Town Hall in downtown Fairfax City: “Words at Night,” a salon-style evening of literary readings by local writers.

Professional actors will offer dramatic readings of short stories and excerpts of novels written by authors from our own community. The program, sponsored by Theater of the First Amendment, the professional theater in residence at George Mason’s Center for the Arts, begins at 8 p.m.

Selections include “Triumph in Exile,” Victoria D. Schmidt’s 2002 historical account of Germaine de Staël, an uncommon woman who helped depose Napoleon Bonaparte. Jessica Anthony, who received her MFA from George Mason in 2004, contributes her short story, “The Rust Preventer,” recently published in “Best New American Voices 2006.”

“Almost Home” by Mark Farrington, a Mason alum who received his MFA in 1989 and is currently with the Northern Virginia Writing Project at Mason; and “Across the Wire” by Rachel Lazarus, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, round out the evening.

The event is free, and refreshments will be served. Old Town Hall is at 3999 University Drive. For more information, call 703-993-2195.

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