Xander Berkeley (“24,” “Nikita”), Sarah Clarke (“Twilight,” “24” ) and Sterling Sulieman (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Pretty Little Liars”) will read short stories by NYC writer David Means.

Orange, Calif. — Following a standing-room-only debut in September, the Chapman University English Department will once again host WordTheatre®’s Actor/Author Series on Monday October 14. Casting has just been announced for the evening, which will feature acclaimed short stories read by some of the world’s finest actors from television and motion pictures. New York writer David Means will make a rare West Coast appearance to hear his stories brought to life by
Xander Berkeley
(“24,” “Nikita”),
Sarah Clarke
(“Twilight,” “24,” “Covert Affairs”) and
Sterling Sulieman
(“The Vampire Diaries,” “Pretty Little Liars”) as well as a Chapman University student. Means will read a piece of his own work and sign purchased books.

The performance will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, October 14 in Chapman’s Wallace All Faiths Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center. Tickets are on sale now on the Chapman WordTheatre website,
.  Admission is $20 general and $10 for Chapman faculty and staff with valid I.D.   Chapman University students free with valid student I.D.

Check for cast updates at 
; casting is subject to change. Produced and directed by WordTheatre Artistic Director Cedering Fox.

Casting for the third WordTheatre ® performance at Chapman University, on November 4, featuring the stories of 
Percival Everett and Danzy Senna, will be announced soon.

Meet the October 14 cast:

Sarah Clarke headshotSarah Clarke –
 Sarah Clarke is best known for her role on Fox’s acclaimed television series 
, where she portrayed “Nina Meyers” for three seasons. She recently starred on 
Trust Me 
has had recurring roles on 
Men of a Certain Age,
 the hit drama 
Covert Affairs
, and 
. In film, she is known for her role in the teenage vampire phenomenon 
; (portraying Renee Dwyer, Kristen Stewart’s mother). Sarah returned to the role in
 Breaking Dawn
. She also co-starred in the independent feature 
Women in Trouble
 and the independent film 
The Signal
. Sarah is currently recurring on the new sci-fi drama 
The Tomorrow People
 and filming the highly anticipated pilot of the new drama 
Line of Sight.

Xander Berkeley headshotXander Berkeley –
 Xander Berkeley made his film debut in the cult classic 
Mommie Dearest
. He went on to land roles in films ranging from the offbeat - 
Sid and Nancy, Terminator 2, Leaving Las Vegas
Gattaca - 
to modern classics including 
The Rookie, Apollo 13, A Few Good Men, 
, making him one of the most well respected actors around. Television credits include the Fox hit 
 and the CW’s 
. His next feature film will be 
Louder Than Words, 
and he’s recently
completed roles in the upcoming films 
.  He is married to Sarah Clarke, whom he met on the set of “24.”

Sterling Sulieman headshotSterling Sulieman –
Sterling Sulieman has appeared in TV’s
The Vampire Diaries
Pretty Little Liars
and many more series.  He had a long run on the daytime drama
All My Children
, on which he starred as “Dre Woods” from 2007-08.  On film, he appeared in 2011’s
In Time
with Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried.


Author David Means
 – Winner of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, Means is a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and a 
Los Angeles Times 
Book Prize winner. He has published over 50 stories in magazines ranging from
The New Yorker
and his writing can be found in the
O. Henry Prize
The Best American Short Stories
, and several other anthologies. He joins us from New York where he teaches at Vassar.

Los Angeles-based WordTheatre
 has partnered with Chapman University’s English Department and with distinguished author/professor Richard Bausch to bring this series of world-class writers and actors to Orange. WordTheatre
’s Artistic Director, Cedering Fox, selects the stories, casts esteemed film and television actors and directs the performances.  Each event features one Chapman theatre student.  WordTheatre performs in Los Angeles, New York and London, and Ms. Fox is careful to find the perfect voice for each story.  The first Chapman University WordTheatre performance, on September 16, featured “Downton Abbey’s” Lesley Nicol and “Longmire’s” Cassidy Freeman reading the works of Jill McCorkle.  Past actor/author pairings at WordTheatre events in New York, L.A. and London include WordTheatre Board Member James Franco reading Jim Shepard, Honorary Board Member Amanda Seyfried reading Dylan Landis, Julianna Margulies reading Amy Hempel, Jeff Goldblum reading TC Boyle, Marcia Gay Harden reading Pamela Painter, David Strathairn reading Russell Banks, Damian Lewis reading Anthony Doerr, Amy Brenneman reading Jane Smiley and many more.

ABOUT WordTheatre®   www.wordtheatre.com

: Giving Voice to Great Writing is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on a mission to open up new ways of thinking about words, stories, and people through powerful and entertaining performances that bring contemporary literature to life.  The organization also creates original themed events to benefit fellow educational and charitable organizations. Full season information is available at WordTheatre.com.

ABOUT Chapman University    www.chapman.edu

Consistently ranked among the top universities in the West, Chapman University attracts highly qualified students from around the globe. Its programs are designed to encourage leadership in innovation, creativity and collaboration, and are increasingly recognized for providing an extraordinary educational experience. The university now excels in film and media arts, performing arts, educational studies, economics and business, law, humanities and the sciences. Student enrollment in graduate and undergraduate programs is approaching 7,000, and Chapman University alumni are found throughout California and the world.


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