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Fiction: Alethea Black, I Knew You'd Be Lovely

From the newly published I Knew You’d Be Lovely (Broadway Books of Random House), 2011 collection of short fiction by Alethea Black, the title story is read by actor Patricia Randell. (30 minutes)

Alethea Black is one of America's major emerging writers. Her first story was published in 2007, and her work has since appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Antioch Review, American Literary Review, The Chattahoochee Review, The North American Review, Inkwell, Narrative, and The Saint Ann's Review. She was awarded the 2008 Arts & Letters Prize. Her debut collection of short stories, I Knew You’d Be Lovely, will be published by Broadway Books (Random House) in 2011. Ms. Black’s short fiction has been read at numerous venues around the country, and her first two plays were recently presented at Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC.

Patricia Randell 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. She recently appeared in William Inge's classic play Picnic at The Inge Center Theatre under Tony Winner Michele Pawk's direction. 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.


New River Dramatists


A program of stories, plays, and poetry co-produced with New River Dramatists.

New River Dramatists, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, is a not-for-profit project that distinguishes itself in that it is looking for writers to assist, not works to produce. Engaging writers on the strength of their individual talents instead of the potential merit of a single piece, payment of Honoraria to all participants, the absence of casting and the commitment to process first are among many factors that, taken all together, make New River Dramatists unique.