04 November 2013
By David Kranes
April 25 – 27, 2014
SLAC’s fundraiser celebrates playwright and author David Kranes and our shared dedication to champion new work.
Ellie impetuously invites Ross to her home for dinner and is treated to some fairly remarkable surprises. This play is a moving story about a widowed 60-something couple dealing with loss and renewal over dinner.
This production is for mature audiences.
On one side of the stage, a coach is trying to direct a dancer into making correct movements. On the other side of the stage, a comedienne stumbles through a mildly amusing stand-up routine about fires. After thoroughly establishing their separate spheres, the dancer walks over to the comic and asks, “How do you think we’re doing?”
The comedienne tries to figure out the dancer’s meaning before answering, “We’re doing, I guess, what we’re doing. We’re doing what we can … We’re trying.”
This exchange from writer David Kranes’ short play How About These Fires … ?! was singled out by director Carol McVey as the overarching theme and purpose of Book Wings, an international collaboration between the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP), Department of Theatre Arts, and the Moscow Art Theatre School.
Author David Kranes is drawn to dream spaces, so naturally he writes often about Nevada — its casinos, its nowhere towns, its gamblers, magicians, hit men. “The world of reverie is my world,” the inveterate daydreamer says from his longtime home in Salt Lake City. “Often I find myself in some liminal space between real world and dream world. I like the ‘this-is-strange-but-it-could-happen’ space of narrative. I like myth, parable.” No surprise, then, that the Silver State and the West figure so prominently in his work. He quotes Open Theater founder Joseph Chaikin: “I want to drive a wedge into your dreams.”
Restless in the Wilds of Eastern Idaho: David Kranes’s ‘The Legend’s Daughter’
BY CHRISTOPHER CONNOR
POSTED ON JULY 29, 2013 IN FICTION
From rainbow trout jumping in the Salmon River to watering holes on the edge of McCall Lake, each of the ten stories in author and playwright David Kranes’s The Legend’s Daughter (Torrey House Press, 172 pages) transports the reader to the wilderness of Eastern Idaho. While Kranes renders a common setting in each story, the collection is not simply a detailed portrait of Idaho, but an examination of the lives of restless people seeking to escape from their lives and find peace.
Literary Arts: Book Review
Fist to the Mouth
David Kranes’ The Legend’s Daughterby Larry Menlove
As I read one of the stories about halfway through David Kranes’ new collection, The Legend’s Daughter, I became lost in the language: the tangents, the circle-rounds, the free-form understated bombast. I started to wonder if I might need whiskey flowing in my veins to understand the narrative, to tap into some muddy logic that I was missing for trying to read the story straight. Then, and it was a relief—for it was too late and I was in no mood to crack a cap and splash corn bourbon on the rocks—the narrator of his own accord admitted to speaking in tongues. So I was off the hook, at least for that reading.
This week’s story is from The Legend’s Daughter by David Kranes, published by Torrey House Press. The stories in The Legend’s Daughter inhabit present-day Idaho where fires, streams, and landscapes ask–even demand–that individuals reconsider and reorient their lives. An award-winning playwright, David Kranes infuses this collection with swift dialogue and complicated characters, including a kayaking actor, a rebellious high school teacher, and a lipstick-loving fly fisherman.
David Kranes, prolific local playwright and author, will read from and sign The Legend’s Daughter, his new collection of stories. These fast-paced stories set in contemporary Idaho explore intricate dynamics between fathers and sons, unlikely friends, people and place.
Terry Tempest Williams, author of When Women Were Birds, calls The Legend’s Daughter “a story collection of real people struggling with identity, with love, with time, rooted in the rugged and indifferent beauty of Idaho where each character finds his or her mirror in water, in stone, in place. David Kranes shows how our tenacious love of life can transform any situation, large or small, into alchemy. We are all living inside these raw and well-drawn pages.”
Kranes 2001 novel, The National Tree, was adapted for television and aired on the Hallmark channel. His short fiction has won literary prizes and has appeared in such magazines as Esquire, Ploughshares, and Transatlantic Review. Over 50 of his plays have been performed in New York and across the U.S., and his radio plays have been performed in the U.S., Canada, and abroad.
This event is over – stay tuned for upcoming readings at King’s English
The Legend’s Daughter
ForeWord Review — Summer 2013
Short story collection filled with dynamic prose and genuine characters amid rugged Idaho landscape.
In the opening story in this robust collection of ten, “Where I Am … Where I’ve Been,” two buddies on the last night of their weeklong fishing trip agree, as Clifford explains to Woods, “To find the women … who are in us … who are outside of us.” There’s no more tender a moment throughout The Legend’s Daughter than this, though Kranes is plenty generous throughout, his characters every bit embraceable and real and genuine as they are fallible—in short, human.