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The first in WordTheatre's series, Love Hurts offers up four souls suffering from affairs of the heart. These stories by Steve Almond, Ron Carlson, Arthur Miller, and Pamela Painter will charm you, move you, and leave you wanting more.

In Steve Almond's "A Happy Dream", Christopher Gorham (Out of Practice, The Other Side of Heaven) plays a lovelorn, risk averse sous-chef who, when mistaken for a firefighter by a sassy young woman on a bicycle, quite uncharacteristically goes along for the ride.

In an achingly funny and poignant performance, Jeff Goldblum (Independence Day, Jurassic Park) portrays a 13-year-old who comes of age in the Brooklyn of long ago in Arthur Miller's not quite autobiographical short story "Bulldog", first published in The New Yorker, August 2001.

Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock, Mystic River) slips elegantly into the role of a wife deeply in love with her dying husband on their last days together sailing the seas of literature in Pamela Painter's 2005 Pushcart Prize-winning story "Reading in His Wake", originally published in Ploughshares.

And BAFTA Film and Television Award winner Bill Nighy (Love Actually, State of Play) introduces a new Olympic sport as he battles his ex-wife for the gold medal in Ron Carlson's hysterical story "The Gold Lunch", first published in Ploughshares.

WordTheatre brings people together to share stories in a unique way. Through this collective experience, we aim to deepen our sense of community as we celebrate the oral storytelling tradition.

"A Happy Dream" ©2005 Steve Almond; "Bulldog" ©2001 Arthur Miller; "Reading in His Wake" ©2004 Pamela Painter; "The Gold Lunch" ©2001 Ron Carlson, first performed by Salt Lake Acting Company; (P)2005 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.

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Great fun!

Bill Nighy's reading of Ron Carlson's "The Gold Lunch" is worth the price and then some.

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