Podcast episode features a winning entry of creative nonfiction contest

Stories on Stage Davis will release the third episode of its all-podcast eighth season on Saturday, Oct. 17, with one of the winning entries of the “Under the Gum Tree” and Stories on Stage Davis creative nonfiction contest: “Seeping Past Theseus” by Arielle Schussler, read by Andrea J. Love.

In “Seeping Past Theseus,” Schussler alternates between the paradox of The Ship of Theseus and the preparation of her mother’s apple cake. By the end, the comparison of the cake to the ship becomes touchingly clear, raising philosophical questions about change and the ephemeral marks we leave behind.

Schussler is a writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from UC Berkeley and a dual master’s in fine arts in fiction and nonfiction from Saint Mary’s College of California. She won the “Hunger Mountain” 2019 Nonfiction Contest and was a finalist for the “Ruminate” 2020 VanderMey Nonfiction Contest, the “Chattahoochee Review” 2020 Lamar York Prize, and “The New Ohio Review” 2020 Nonfiction Contest. She is working on an essay collection.

Andrea J. Love will be the featured reader in the next Stories on Stage podcast.
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Reading Schussler’s story is Andrea J. Love, a professional actor, singer, composer, writer and teacher based in the Sacramento area. She recently has worked with the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Capital Stage, Sacramento Theatre Company, Davis Shakespeare Festival and Bike City Theatre Company in the Sacramento region, as well as San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Playhouse, Esses Productions and Alma Theatre Company in the Bay Area.

Love is the writer and composer of “Westeros Side Story: A Parody” and “Good Earth: An Environmental Education Musical,” and a semi-finalist in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre 15-Minute Musical Challenge for “Lilith, A Musical.”

The Stories on Stage Davis podcast airs new episodes every second and fourth Saturday, with the eighth season running through June. Upcoming and past episodes, as well as ways to support the series, can be found on the Stories on Stage Davis website. Stories on Stage Davis is a sponsored project of  YoloArts, a nonprofit arts organization.

For more information, and to listen to the podcast, visit storiesonstagedavis.com.

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