Listen Fridays at 9:00am (replayed on Saturday also at 9am) to Paula Granquist’s “ArtZany!: Radio for the Imagination”
Paula’s Guest/Topic this week:
Today on ArtZany! Radio we’ve got two art segments:
Paula’s first guest is actor Shari Setchell from the epistolary play “Hate Mail“. Shari Setchell is a certified Global Somatics™ practitioner and applies somatic training in her ballet instruction at the Northfield Arts Guild. Shari is a choreographer for Northfield High School’s Rock & Roll Revival and works as a choreographer throughout the region.
“Hate Mail” is an epistolary play something like “Love Letters”, with two actors reading letters and other correspondence, but it’s a little wilder and more hysterically funny. It tells the story of Preston (Brendon Etter), a spoiled rich kid who meets his match in Dahlia (Shari Setchell), an angst-filled artist. Their worlds collide when Preston sends a complaint letter that gets Dahlia fired from her job, and then there’s no turning back. The play stays with their increasingly crazed correspondence as they move from hate to love, and then right back again.
“Hate Mail” by Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky
Presented by Sneaky Theater
Staged by Brendon Etter and Shari Setchell in a local living room at
820 Superior Drive, Northfield, MN.
Friday, 2 November 2012 at 8PM
Saturday, 3 November 2012 at 8PM
Tickets are available online at hatemail.brownpapertickets.com or at the show.
30 people max will be admitted each night. There will be a post-show wine and cheese social hour.
This play contains adult content and language and may not be appropriate for children under 13, parental discretion advised.
Paula’s second guest Peter Geye is the author of the new novel The Lighthouse Road. Booklist says in its starred review, “In his second novel, Geye brings the wilderness of northern Minnesota–in a lumberjack camp and a small town and aboard a skiff riding the waves of Lake Superior–to crackling, thundering life.” This is an epic tale of a people with Nordic roots that will be familiar, but set in a time of struggle for these new immigrants that magnifies the improbability of survival and the courage of these settlers to endure. Set in the forests and lakeshore of northern Minnesota in the late 1890′s and the early 1920′s you will deeply feel the struggle of these immigrants to settle this land and find a new life. This is a richly detailed account of life and love and loss for the characters in the town’s lumberjack camp, wigwam town, apothecary and fishing docks. This is a bold, vivid story that will keep you remembering the past and thinking about these characters long after you close the book. His website is petergeye.com
Author Peter Geye Reading & Signing
Join acclaimed author Peter Geye as he discusses “The Lighthouse Road”. Copies will be available at the event and prior to the event in the Carleton College Bookstore.
Date: Thursday, November 1st, 2012
Time: 4:30 pm
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Gould Library Athenaeum
Sponsored by: Carleton Bookstore
The website introduction to The Lighthouse Road: “In 1895 Thea Eide leaves her arctic home in Norway for a better life in America. After a harrowing journey, she arrives in Gunflint, Minnesota, expecting to find her aunt and uncle and the life she was promised. What she finds instead is an enormous wilderness and a village full of strangers. Twenty-four years later, her son, Odd, is cobbling together a life of his own. A fisherman, boatbuilder, and bootlegger, all he wants is his fair share. When he and Rebekah Grimm, a woman as much his sister as his lover, are forced to flee Gunflint in Odd’s newly built boat, they leave behind the only world Odd has ever known. Told in alternating and parallel narratives, The Lighthouse Road explores the themes of love and family and what it means to live an honest life in a suspect world.”
Safe from the Sea, Geye’s first novel is now available in paperback. Safe from the Sea was the Winner of the 2010 Indie Lit Award for Fiction and Winner of the 2010 Northeast Minnesota Book Award for Fiction as well as receiving enthusiastic reviews by Library Journal, The New York Journal of Books, Booklist, and Foreword Magazine.
Peter Geye received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and his PHD from Western Michigan University, where he was editor of Third Coast. He was born and raised in Minneapolis and continues to live there with his wife and three children.
His website again is petergeye.com