Previous Word for Word Productions

This is an archive of Word for Word full productions in reverse chronological order. We are working to expand this to all previous shows.


Since 1993, Word for Word has mounted full productions of the following stories:

Floor Show by Julia Alvarez • Winesburg, Ohio: Tales of the Grotesque by Sherwood Anderson • The Killing Blanket by Rilla Askew • Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin • Gorilla, My Love by Toni Cade Bambara • The Wonderful Story of Zaal by M & N. Batmanglij • The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson by Alan Bennett • Hyacinths, The Sight of You, and Silver Water by Amy Bloom • Sorry Fugu by T.C. Boyle • The Confessions of Madame Psyche: Chapter One by Dorothy Bryant • The Falling Girl by Dino Buzzati, translated by Lawrence Venuti • The Fall River Axe Murders by Angela Carter • More Than Human by Michael Chabon • Stories from The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros • Doctor of the Moon by Harriet Doerr • Night Vision by Emma Donoghue Looking After Louis by Lesley Ely • Gold Star and The Last Stand by Siobhan Fallon • The Kitchen Side of the Door by Edna Ferber • Communist by Richard Ford • Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox • The Debut, The Java Entertainment, The Cold Shoulder, Nobody Sick, Nobody Poor and Covers for Seven by Zona Gale • Mlle. Dias de Corta by Mavis Gallant • There’s a Garden of Eden by Ellen Gilchrist • A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell • The Islanders by Andrew Sean Greer • A Passion in Eden by Joanne Greenberg • A Story, A Story by Gail E. Haley • Wiley, His Mama, and the Hairy Man by Virginia Hamilton • The Most Girl Part of You by Amy Hempel • Wrongly, Naturally, Arguably, and Particularly by Daniel Handler • The Blues I’m Playing by Langston Hughes • The Gilded Six-Bits by Zora Neale Hurston • The Master-Maid as retold by Joseph Jacobs • Emergency and Dun Dun by Denis Johnson • All Aunt Hagar's Children by Edward P. Jones•Rose-Johnny by Barbara Kingsolver • The Elephant’s Child by Rudyard Kipling • The Love Nest and Reunion by Ring Lardner • John Henry as told by Julius Lester • The Jewbird and Spring Rain by Bernard Malamud • The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant • Suddenly Home by Armistead Maupin • Enough by Alice McDermott • The Cave Dwellers by Joseph Mitchell • Which Is More Than I Can Say About Some People by Lorrie Moore • Friend of My Youth, The Office, and Dolly by Alice Munro • The Isabel Fish and Note to Sixth-Grade Self by Julie Orringer • Goodbye and Good Luck and The Loudest Voice by Grace Paley • The Standard of Living by Dorothy Parker • Berenice by Edgar Allan Poe • The Bunchgrass Edge of the World by Annie Proulx • Tugboat Annie by Norman Reilly Raine •  Dancing Dan's Christmas by Damon Runyon •  Stories from Sonoma Mountain, Ancestor, How Tom Smith Caused the 1906 Earthquake, Joy Ride and Slaughterhouse by Greg Sarris • The Halfway Diner by John Sayles • Scattering Poems All Through the Night, a compliation of works by over thirty poets • 36 Stories by Sam Shepard • Oil! (Chapter One: The Ride) by Upton Sinclair • Miss Furr and Miss Skeene by Gertrude Stein • Cannery Row and The Pastures of Heaven by John Steinbeck • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout • Immortal Heart by Amy Tan • A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas • Silence by Colm Tóibín • Lily Daw and the Three Ladies by Eudora Welty • Xingu by Edith Wharton • Christmas and Relative Pronouns by E.B. White • Two on a Party by Tennessee Williams • In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, Lady’s Dream, Bullet in the Brain, Firelight, Sanity and Down to Bone by Tobias Wolff • Mrs. Dalloway’s Party by Virginia Woolf