Stage Reading: Spring Training at the Finca Viga by Barry Gifford
Please join us on Saturday, May 7th at 3:00 for the first public presentation of Gifford's newest one-act play, Spring Training at the Finca Viga. This fictional account of Ernest Hemingway's life in Cuba, and friendship with Brooklyn Dodger's pitchers, Kirby Higbe and Hugh Casey, as they all come together in 1941 during Spring Training in pre-Castro Cuba.
"No matter what or how well we write or play baseball the light of the world puts every one of us to shame." Ernest Hemingway muses as portrayed in Barry Gifford's play.
Barry Gifford's fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been published in twenty-eight languages. His novel Night People was awarded the Premio Brancati, established by Pier Paolo Pasolini and Alberto Moravia, in Italy, and he has been the recipient of awards from PEN, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Library Association, the Writers Guild of America, and the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. His books Sailor's Holiday and The Phantom Father were each named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times, and his book Wyoming was named a Novel of the Year by the Los Angeles Times. He has written librettos for operas by the composers Toru Takemitsu, Ichiro Nodaira and Olga Neuwirth. Gifford's work has appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker, Punch, Esquire, La Nouvelle Revue Française, El País, La Repubblica, Rolling Stone, Brick, Film Comment, El Universal, Projections, and the New York Times. His film credits include Wild at Heart, Perdita Durango, Lost Highway, City of Ghosts, Ball Lightning and The Phantom Father. Barry Gifford's most recent books are Sailor & Lula: The Complete Novels and Sad Stories of the Death of Kings. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.