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Fiction: Deborah Eisenberg, Revenge of the Dinosaurs



Patricia Randell reads a story by Deborah Eisenberg from her short story collection: Twilight of the Superheroes. (51 minutes)

The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg comprises her four previous volumes of short fiction. She is also the author of a play, Pastorale, and various essays and pieces of criticism, some of which have appeared in The New York Review of Books. Her fiction has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim, The O. Henry Award, The PEN Hemingway, The Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and many other honors.

Patricia Randell plays the role of FDIC chairwoman Sheila Bair in the 2012 HBO film Too Big to Fail directed by Oscar Winner Curtis Hanson and starring a cast of luminaries including Paul Giamatti, Billy Crudup, William Hurt, Cynthia Nixon, Ed Asner and many others. She has garnered five raves in The New York Times for her portrayals of characters as diverse as the gregarious lesbian in Christopher Durang's wild parody of The Glass Menagerie to her portrayal of Greer Garson in Random Harvest, a performance singled out for praise by all 16 critical forums in NY that covered it. Ms. Randell’s Off-Broadway credits are numerous and varied, and regionally she has appeared at many of the top theatres across the country. Her film work includes features Islander with Philip Baker Hall and Approaching Union Square, which debuted on The Sundance Channel in 2008. On TV she has appeared on many soaps, the original Law & Order and a sitcom pilot, The Match. A member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, she has been a teaching artist at Brooklyn College, EST, The William Inge Center, and privately coaches professional actors as well as students who have subsequently been accepted into Juilliard, BU, and other major theater programs.
 

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