Podcast episode features holiday classic about gift-giving

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By Emily Masuda
Special to the Express

Stories on Stage Davis will release the seventh episode of its all-podcast eighth season on Saturday, Dec. 12, with O. Henry’s classic holiday story “The Gift of the Magi,” read by returning actor Jim Lane. In this story, a young couple struggling to make ends meet sacrifice their most prized possessions in order to buy each other a Christmas present. With its memorable twist, O. Henry’s story is one to keep in mind as we shop around for our own loved ones in store and online this year.

William Sydney Porter (1862 – 1910), better known by his pen name O. Henry, was an American short story writer. Porter was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, and later moved to Texas in 1882. In 1902, he moved to New York, where wrote 381 short stories. Porter’s works include “The Gift of the Magi”, “The Duplicity of Hargraves,” and “The Ransom of Red Chief.” Porter’s legacy includes the O. Henry Award, an annual prize awarded to outstanding short stories. (Adapted from Wikipedia.)

Reading “The Gift of the Magi” is Jim Lane, who is making his fifth appearance with Stories on Stage Davis. He received his BA in Theatre from CSU Sacramento in 1977 and his MA in Theatre from CSU Long Beach. He has been acting and directing for over 50 years in Sacramento theaters and in Southern California. Jim has worked at Sacramento Theatre Company, Capital Stage, and at Sacramento’s Music Circus, among many others. Favorite roles include Harold Hill in “The Music Man,” Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady,” and Philip Marlowe in “The Little Sister.” Jim’s screen appearances include Clint Eastwood’s “Bird,” “Melvin Purvis G-Man,” and “Wisdom” with Emilio Estevez and Demi Moore. Jim was a film critic for the Sacramento News & Review for 30 years, and he blogs on Classic Hollywood at Jim Lane’s Cinedrome (http://www.jimlanescinedrome.com/). He is also an adjunct instructor in Film and Media Studies for Los Rios Community College District.

The Stories on Stage Davis podcast airs new episodes every second and fourth Saturday, and its eighth season will run from September 2020 to June 2021. Upcoming and past episodes, as well as ways to support the series can be found on the Stories on Stage Davis website. 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/.

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