|Novelist and short-story writer, Kathleen Donohoe, reports on the first IAW&A Salon of 2013. (D)Cat Dwyer.|
TJ English, President of the IAW&A, began the evening by speaking about the amazing breadth of talent showcased at the Salons, and how they will continue to evolve in the coming year.
Then Kevin Holohan, author of novel The Brother’s Lot, kicked off the performances by reading a short story that more than lives up to the bite of its title, “Team Players for the New Economy,” a grotesque satire on solipsistic corporate culture and groupthink and aims to be a tonic for anyone who has ever had the misfortune to work anywhere larger than two people and a fax machine.
Kathleen Donohoe read an essay about the day she realized she was a writer, two weeks after her eighth birthday, particularly fitting as she just finished her novel three months ago–on her birthday.
Next up was Mark Butler with a new story about the imagined life of promotional mascots working the sidewalks of
Singer, actor, and humorist Rachel Bouton performed a short story she wrote entitled “My Doorman is a Homeless Dude Named Frank” and sang the song “Homeward Bound” by Marta Keen Thompson. Rachel was the only presenter to use the phrase “bed bug farts.”
Richard Butler then beautifully performed two songs: “I Wish I Could Forget You” from the musical Passion, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; and “As We Stumble Along” from the musical The Drowsy Chaperone, music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison.
The next Salon is at the Cell Theatre on January 22nd at 7 pm. If you are an IAWA member and would like to present, send an email to IASalon@hotmail.com.