Feb 19, 2021
Join us for a trio of stories from O. Henry: The Gift of the Magi, adapted by Miranda Feldtman and The Last Leaf and After Twenty Years, adapted by Birke Duncan. This episode showcases performers Kelli McAuley, Terry McAuley, Kristi Ann Jacobson, Gary Fetterplace, and Jim Anderson.
The Gift of the Magi is perhaps one of O. Henry’s most famous stories, and its message resonates even outside of the holiday gift-giving season. It is a timeless exploration of love, and the lengths we will go to for the ones we love – even when, at the end of the day, the simplest expression of that love might be more than enough.
The Last Leaf is a profound story about the healing powers of art and friendship. Burke selected it for adaptation because of the coronavirus lockdown, saying, “readers and listeners can identify with the characters.”
After Twenty Years deals with life choices – right and wrong. As an ex-convict embezzler, O. Henry had first-hand knowledge of consequences.