Guest host Michael Cerveris presents stories in which trusting your senses is important. In Jeanne Dixon’s “Blue Waltz with Coyotes,” a rebellious farm girl flirts with danger. It’s read by Mia Dillon. And Aimee Bender creates a fairytale for our time in “The Color Master,” whose crafts is creating clothes that mirror nature. Denis O’Hare is the reader.
ACTORS & ARTISTS
Aimee Bender is the author of The Girl in the Flammable Skirt; An Invisible Sign of My Own; Willful Creatures; The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, winner of the SCIBA award for best fiction and an Alex Award; and most recently The Color Master. Her short fiction has appeared in Granta, GQ, Harper’s, Tin House, McSweeney’s, and The Paris Review, among other publications. Bender’s work has been honored with two Pushcart Prizes.
Michael Cerveris is the Tony Award-winning Broadway star of Fun Home and Assassins. Additional Broadway credits include Sweeney Todd, The Who's Tommy, Evita, Titanic, LoveMusik, Road Show, Nine Lives, Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), and many others. Off-Broadway, he has appeared in of King Lear, Cymbeline, Hedda Gabler, and Nassim. His film and television credits include Fringe, Treme, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, Detours, The Tick, Gotham, Mosaic, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Mindhunter, Prodigal Son, and The Black List. Cerveris also works as a musician, both solo and with his band, Loose Cattle.
Mia Dillon has appeared on Broadway in Our Town, Crimes of the Heart (Tony Award nomination, Clarence Derwent Award), Hay Fever, The Corn is Green, The Miser, Once a Catholic (Drama Desk Award nomination), Agnes of God, Da and Off Broadway in The Exonerated and many more. At the Berkshire Theatre Festival she starred in Ghosts, A Delicate Balance, Period of Adjustment, and Coward in Two Keys. She appeared in Isn’t It Delicious, an official selection of the 2013 Manhattan Film Festival. Her award-winning short film, Quiet, has been shown in five film festivals and on the Sundance Channel.
Jeanne Dixon is the author of the novels Lady Cat Lost and The Tempered Wind, and contributed short stories to numerous collections, including The Best of Montana’s Short Fiction and Northern Lights: A Selection of New Writing from the American West. She lives in Montana.
Denis O’Hare’s film credits include Garden State, 21 Grams, A Mighty Heart, Michael Clayton, Milk, Duplicity, HBO’s The Normal Heart, Dallas Buyers Club, Lizzie, and The Goldfinch. He won a Tony Award for his performance in Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out and a Drama Desk Award for his role in Sweet Charity. He is the co-writer, with Lisa Peterson, and star of An Iliad, which was performed at the New York Theatre Workshop and The Broad Stage in Santa Monica; he and Peterson also co-authored a play about the bible, The Good Book, which premiered at the Court Theatre in Chicago. His television credits include American Horror Story, True Blood, The Good Wife, The Comedians, This Is Us, and Big Little Lies. O’Hare’s upcoming projects include The Postcard Killings, The Nevers, Game of Power, and Butterfly in the Typewriter.