Adam Golaski’s COLOR PLATES: A Live Performance by Stories on Stage

A narrow window of opportunity presents itself in the weeks ahead, as Stories On Stage is set to feature Adam Golaski’s Color Plates in a virtual, live-streaming performance at 7 p.m. (MT) Friday April 9, 2021. Several stories from Color Plates (2010) have been adapted for this live performance interpreted by actors Randy Moore, Anne Penner, and Geoffrey Kent. (The program is sponsored by Isabelle Clark.)

“The Dance Class,” Degas (1874)

Golaski’s Color Plates is an exercise in ekphrasis: a literary commentary on a work of art. Sixty-three short tales, or “plates,” compose Golaski’s volume, with the book housing stories inspired by Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, along with a “sort-of” curator in Mary Cassatt. During the live play, the paintings on which the stories are based will be paired with the performance.

Stories on Stage selected several of the ‘Sister/Brother’ stories,” Golaski recently shared with me, and “throughout the book Sister & Brother appear, at different ages in different situations. My favorite is the Tolouse-Lautrec inspired story where cousins of Sister & Brother perform an indoor mini-circus…[b]ut Stories on Stage also chose stories outside that cycle,” including Degas’ “Young Spartans Exercising,” examining, writes Golaski, “a high school boy’s desperate crush.”

Adam Golaski wrote the introduction (“The Profane Articulation of Truth”) to my short story collection, The Skeleton Melodies (Hippocampus Press). And while I deem him a friend, he is above all a literary ally and creative colleague. If you consider yourself saturated in the disciplines of reading-writing reciprocity, you’d benefit from acquainting yourself with Golaski’s uncommon craft.

Talking In “The Dark”

Catch up with me and guest host, Gordon B. White (As Summer’s Mask Slips and Other Disruptions), for the latest episode of The Outer Dark (095), presented by This Is Horror. This installment is followed by a “bonus” archive episode from 2015, my original conversation with Scott Nicolay, “Clint Smith: A Care for Dark Cookery.”

In my mind, the hour-long discussion with Gordon simply screamed by, but I was able to touch on several substantive points and extend some major props to several extraordinary supportive colleagues. And a massive note of gratitude to Gordon B. White, The Outer Darks Anya Martin and Scott Nicolay, as well as the influential platform of This Is Horror for providing a such a venerable venue, to discuss (among other topics) my latest collection, The Skeleton Melodies (Hippocampus Press).