Podcast episode featuring topless widow protesting for rights, remembrance

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By Emily Masuda Special to the Express Stories on Stage Davis will release the fifteenth episode of its all-podcast eighth season on Saturday, May 15, with Jacob M. Appel’s short story “The Topless Widow of Herkimer Street,” read by newcomer actor Renée Hewitt. Lawyer, husband, and father of two, Quincy Marder leads a busy life in Laurendale, Virginia, a life suddenly disrupted by complaints about his recently widowed mother from her neighbors. Their issue? Ilene sunbathes topless in her unfenced backyard. As things get more out of control, and as Quincy calls upon his last ounce of patience and the powers of the law, the story shifts from the absurd and humorous to something wistful and sad. Jacob M. Appel is currently an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Education at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine, where he is Director of Ethics Education in Psychiatry. Appel is also the author of four literary novels, 10 short story collections, an essay collection, a cozy mystery, a thriller, a volume of poems and a compendium of medical dilemmas. Prior to joining the faculty at Mount Sinai, Jacob taught most recently at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Reading “The Topless Widow of Herkimer Street” is Renée Hewitt, making her first appearance with Stories on Stage Davis. Hewitt has been performing for over 30 years, and most of that experience was in the San Francisco Bay Area in such theaters and venues as American Music Theatre, San Jose Stage and the Great America Theme Park. Hewitt has done voiceover work for radio, TV and video games. Since arriving with her family in Southern Oregon 19 years ago, she’s performed such roles as Annie Sullivan in “The Miracle Worker,” Aldonza in “Man Of La Mancha,” Guenevere in “Camelot,” Kate in “Dancing at Lughnasa,” Ouiser in “Steel Magnolias” and Rona Lisa Piretti in “The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee,” to name just a few. 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 storiesonstagedavis.com.

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