By Emily Masuda
Special to the Express
Stories on Stage Davis will release the sixth episode of its all-podcast eighth season on Saturday, Nov. 28, with the short story “Heaven for Your Full Lungs” by David E. Yee, read by Brandon Nakagaki. After taking a drunken tumble off the yacht where he’s playing drums for a gig, the young, Asian American narrator in Yee’s story finds himself in an afterlife for the drowned. In this afterlife, everyone relives their death and exchanges stories, so the narrator is able to talk about his unsteady relationship with his girlfriend Andy, reminding readers that we don’t have to wait until death to be unburdened of what’s holding us back in life.
David E. Yee is an Asian American writer whose work has appeared in “American Short Fiction,” “AGNI Online,” “Seneca Review,” “Gulf Coast Online,” and elsewhere. In 2017, he won the “New Ohio Review” Fiction Contest, judged by Colm Tóibín, as well as the “Press 53” Flash Contest judged by Jeffrey Condran. He’s a bartender in Columbus, Ohio.
Reading Yee’s “Heaven for Your Full Lungs” is Brandon Nakagaki, a recent Theatre Arts graduate from Citrus Heights. He had the honor of being a finalist in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships in 2017. He was trained at Sacramento State for five years and received his Bachelor of Arts in May 2019. He appeared in “Peter & the Starcatcher,” “James and the Giant Peach,” and “Compleat Female Stage Beauty” in Sacramento State’s Theatre Department.
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/.