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Short Stories Live


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Sunday, June 9
4:00 pm PDT
$10 - $15


The Wyncote NW Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)
Seattle, 98101 United States
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From left to right: Headshots of Annette Toutonghi, Ian Bell, and Jose Gonzales
Arts & Culture

Town Hall’s beloved literary series, curated by Jane Kaplan, returns for another afternoon of readings brought to life by local actors.

Join us for journeys to Florida and NYC, to Japan and Outer Space. Pieces by authors Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Ray Bradbury, Lauren Groff, and Kenji Miyazawa take us on not only a physical journey but also on an inner journey, an exploration of our humanity. Ian Bell and Annette Toutonghi are our readers, accompanied by Jose Gonzales on piano.

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Annette Toutonghi is delighted to return to Town Hall to perform with Short Stories Live. She is a Northwest-based actor and performer. Some past credits include the films Thin Skin, Brand Upon the BrainLane 1974The Paper Tigers, and Little Potato Dreams of America, and HBO’s Three Busy Debras. She has performed with The Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre, On the Boards, The Seattle Children’s Theatre, and many other theatres in the area. Voice-over credits include the title character from the award-winning Freddi Fish series.

Ian Bell is an actor, director, and producer. Ian created and hosted the series Seattle Confidential, which shared anonymously penned essays and monologues about the life experiences that unite us. Ian is the director and producer of the Brown Derby Series (soon to resume), presenting satirical staged readings of pop-culture screenplays with a counter-culture sensibility inspired by the Theatre of the Ridiculous. Ian directed Hedwig and the Angry Inch starring Jinkx Monsoon at the Moore Theatre in 2013. His decades-long career in Seattle theatre includes several shows at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Re-bar, and Empty Space Theatre (where he earned a Garland Award from Backstage West for his portrayal of Mugsy in Patrick Maber’s Dealer’s Choice). Ian is a graduate of Bennington College.

From a very young age, Jose Gonzales had a creative curiosity. It all started with the piano where he cultivated a relationship with Bach, Chopin, Beethoven and Joplin. Theater caught his attention in high school and after a summer session studying acting at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, he was inspired to get his BFA in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts, eventually performing in as Franz Kaka in the Philip Glass opera “In the Penal Colony” at ACT and across the country. His jazz trio has become a Northwest favorite with their performance of Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

Presented by Town Hall Seattle.

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