A San Francisco theater group called Word for Word stages performances of short stories. The name reflects the fact that they literally–and literarily–“perform every word the author has written.” (I suppose without adding any of their own.)
That’s the kind of reverence a writer can get behind. In fact, several have. Julia Alvarez, Sandra Cisneros, Richard Ford, Ellen Gilchrist, Daniel Handler, Barbara Kingsolver, Amy Tan, and Tobias Wolff are on the company’s Authors Council.
Word for Word’s current production is “More Stories from Tobias Wolff,” which consists of performances of: “Sanity,” “Down to Bone,” and “Firelight” (pictured above). All three stories are included in Our Story Begins, one of the three story collections that are finalists for The Story Prize.