9 episodes

Word for Word is a San Francisco based theater company that brings works of literature to the stage. Instead of adapting a script, they use every word of a text in a dynamic, evocative style that communicates the intended beauty of the prose or poetry.

In this new podcast, the company brings their unique style into your home for the first time, revisiting some favorite stories from the past as well as exploring some works they haven't previously performed. Fans of Word for Word will appreciate the same aesthetic from their full theatrical productions and their Off the Page reading series.

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    • 4.8 • 13 Ratings

Word for Word is a San Francisco based theater company that brings works of literature to the stage. Instead of adapting a script, they use every word of a text in a dynamic, evocative style that communicates the intended beauty of the prose or poetry.

In this new podcast, the company brings their unique style into your home for the first time, revisiting some favorite stories from the past as well as exploring some works they haven't previously performed. Fans of Word for Word will appreciate the same aesthetic from their full theatrical productions and their Off the Page reading series.

    The Appropriation of Cultures by Percival Everett

    The Appropriation of Cultures by Percival Everett

    Percival Everett has said: “Since telling the South Carolina State Legislature in 1989 that I couldn’t continue my address because of the presence of such a conspicuous sign of exclusion [the confederate flag], I have not really considered South Carolina.” This is a wickedly subversive story, about symbols and their meaning. "The Appropriation of Cultures" was written in 1996, and published in Everett's 2004 story collection, Damned If I Do, by Graywolf Press.

    WORD for WORDcast is Word for Word Theater Company's podcast. We specialize in bringing works of literature to the stage, using every word of a text in a dynamic, evocative style that preserves the original beauty of the prose or poetry.

    • 49 min
    Season Two of the Word for Wordcast begins this week!

    Season Two of the Word for Wordcast begins this week!

    It’s our incredible pleasure to announce the upcoming second season of the WORD for WORDcast!

    Join us on Thursday, July 22 as we release Season Two’s first episode, “The Appropriation of Cultures” by Percival Everett. Season Two continues through the rest of 2021 and features such authors as Anna Maria Ortese, George Saunders, and Toni Cade Bambara.

    We hope you’ll join us as we continue to bring your favorite short stories from the page to the airwaves (and smart phones, and home computers…) Happy listening!

    • 1 min
    Citizen by Greg Sarris, Pt. 2

    Citizen by Greg Sarris, Pt. 2

    “Citizen” by author Greg Sarris, tells the story of Salvador, born in the U.S., raised in Mexico; son of an American Indian mother and a Mexican father. He has returned to California to find his mother, or rather, her grave. Working in the fields and ranches around Santa Rosa, he meets his mother's family, encountering both kindness and opportunism, as well as glimmers of hope. An American citizen, who speaks no English, Salvador procures his proof of citizenship and begins to discover his true identity, and what it means to belong.

    • 59 min
    Citizen by Greg Sarris, Pt. 1

    Citizen by Greg Sarris, Pt. 1

    “Citizen” by author Greg Sarris, tells the story of Salvador, born in the U.S., raised in Mexico; son of an American Indian mother and a Mexican father. He has returned to California to find his mother, or rather, her grave. Working in the fields and ranches around Santa Rosa, he meets his mother's family, encountering both kindness and opportunism, as well as glimmers of hope. An American citizen, who speaks no English, Salvador procures his proof of citizenship and begins to discover his true identity, and what it means to belong.

    • 59 min
    The 14 Mission by Anita Cabrera

    The 14 Mission by Anita Cabrera

    The WORD for WORDcast returns with “The 14 Mission,” a gritty Christmas story about loneliness and friendship by San Francisco writer Anita Cabrera. On Christmas Day, a man takes a crosstown bus to visit his best friend. The man remembers his own life as a drunken outcast, so troubled he was once thrown off the bus he is now riding. As the bus ride proceeds and he traverses the neighborhoods of San Francisco, he considers what he owes his friend.

    • 59 min
    The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster, Pt. 3 - "The Homeless"

    The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster, Pt. 3 - "The Homeless"

    WORD for WORDcast's final installment of E.M. Forster's "The Machine Stops." Written in 1909, this is a dystopian look at the future, where everyone lives underground, is controlled by “The Machine,” and communicates with each other over vast distances through glowing blue plates

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

DemandDroid ,

Brought this SciFi gem to life

What an amazing reading! I’m not usually a fan of audiobooks, preferring to read a story, but this was something completely different. The theatrical performances and beautiful sound design is a total experience. So glad I discovered this podcast and Word for Word!

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