By Emily Masuda
Special to the Express
Stories on Stage Davis will release the sixth episode of its twice-a-month podcast, which will be its last episode of Season 7, on Saturday, Aug. 22, with the short story “After Ida,” by Elise Winn Pollard, read by Sarah Elizabeth. Set against a carnival in a sleepy Midwestern town, “After Ida” follows a high school graduate and her sister as they encounter someone who can lead them in an uncharted, more exciting direction. When the carnival is folding down around them, the time comes to make decisions that will change the course of their lives.
Elise Winn Pollard’s stories have been published in “American Short Fiction,” “Hobart,” “Indiana Review,” “Granta Online,” and elsewhere, and have won awards from magazines such as “The Iowa Review,” “Zoetrope: All Story,” and “Fairy Tale Review.” She was a finalist for the 2012 Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize and chosen as runner-up in the “Black Warrior Review and Third Coast” 2014 fiction contests. In April 2014 she was a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook. Raised in Missouri, Elise now lives in California, where she’s at work on a collection of short stories, “Cloud, Egg, Bird, Box,” and a novel.
Reading Pollard’s story is Sarah Elizabeth, who is excited to be joining Stories on Stage Davis. She is a Bay Area actress and has worked with the Davis Shakespeare Festival, Bike City Theatre Company, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Ross Valley Players, and others. She has recently been training with Voice One in San Francisco and is excited to be exploring the world of voiceover acting. You can catch some of her VO work with Bike City Theatre Co and their Radio Tuesday series.
New episodes of the Stories on Stage Davis podcast air every second and fourth Saturday. All episodes of the podcast are available on the Stories on Stage Davis website, and regular podcast listeners can also subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play. Stories on Stage Davis is a sponsored project of YoloArts, a non-profit arts organization.
For more information, and to listen to the podcast, visit http://storiesonstagedavis.com/.