Texas Bound brings stories from the page to the stage. This special Texas Bound on Tour event will feature some of the audiences’ favorite stories and readers from the past five years.
Stories slated on this evening include:
Steven Walters reads “A Happy Dream” by Steve Almond
Rob McCollum reads “Costa Rica” by K. L. Cook
Judith Ivey reads “Mother in the Trenches” by Robert Olen Butler
Owen Egerton reads his story "Nativity”
About the actors:
Judith Ivey has starred in four television series, the most memorable being Designing Women. She has guest starred on Nurse Jackie, Big Love, A Person of Interest, White Collar, Grey's Anatomy, and recently Law and Order: SVU. Ivey is the recipient of the Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for her portrayals in Steaming and HurlyBurly, the Obie Award for her performance in The Monshot Tape, and countless other honors. Her most recent stage performance was on Broadway in The Heiress, and she was nominated for a fourth time for a Tony Award. Besides her extensive stage and film work, she is also an accomplished director. Ivey's most recent directing credit is the world premiere of Carapace at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, and she was nominated for a Bass Award. She has also directed Vanities—the musical, The Butcher of Baraboo, Steel Magnolias, and Southern Comforts, all in New York City.
Rob McCollum is a professional storyteller. For two years, he was seen each weekday as the host of WFAA-TV's Good Morning Texas. In addition to acting with various theater companies in Dallas, McCollum has voiced or appeared in hundreds of commercials, video games, and anime projects. He can currently be heard nationally on ads for Fiat and seen locally being very excited about Wal-Mart. He also serves as the U.S. creative director for Twist and Shout Communications, UK, writing and producing corporate video campaigns that strive to be actually watchable by humans.
Owen Egerton is the author of the novels Everyone Says That at the End of the World and The Book of Harold, the Illegitimate Son of God, which was optioned by Warner Brothers Television. As a screenwriter, Egerton has written for Warner Brothers, Fox, Disney, and many others. Egerton was recently voted Austin’s favorite author by the readers of the Austin Chronicle. A revised and expanded edition of his short story collection How Best to Avoid Dying is due out in early 2014 from Soft Skull Press.
Steven Walters is a member of the Brierley Resident Acting Company at Dallas Theater Center. He is also co-artistic director of Second Thought Theatre, a company he co-founded in 2003. He played the role of Glenn Reed on the critically acclaimed television series Friday Night Lights. Other television credits include Chase, Prison Break, and My Generation. Some of his theatrical credits include King Lear and Henry IV at the Dallas Theater Center, Thom Pain (based on nothing) and King Ubu at Second Thought Theatre, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare Dallas. He was named "Best Actor in Dallas" by D magazine in 2011.
Before the event: There will be a pre-event wine reception open to all ticketholders at the library starting at 6:15 p.m.