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At-A-Site Theater Celebrating the Birthdays of Dead Writers returns! for Asheville's own O. Henry, September 11

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) (1862-1910)


Location:  Downtown Asheville NC

Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm 

&  7:30pm - 10:30pm

On the corner of North Lexington Ave & Walnut St map link 

or near Wicked Weed and Mamacita's on Biltmore Ave map link

 or near Malaprops on Haywood St map link 

(Please note:  The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)

 

Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of short story excerpts by Asheville's own O. Henry. Their selection will then be read out loud to the passerby.

More information about O. Henry can be found at Wikipedia. You can read his stories online at Project Guttenberg.

 

O. Henry's gravestone in Riverside Cemetery, Asheville NC Admiriers of O.Henry often put $1.87 in change on the marker: the amount of coins that Della had managed to save in "The Gift of the Magi" for Jim's Christmas present...“And most wonderful of all are words, and how they make friends one with another, being oft associated, until not even obituary notices them do part.”

from "Whirligigs"

 

 

 

 




“The magi, as you know, were wise men--wonderfully wise men--who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents. Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication. And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. O all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi.”

 

 “If a person has lived through war, poverty and love, he has lived a full life.”

 

video clip from "O. Henry's Full House" (1952) - "The Cop and the Anthem" starring Charles Laughton and with Marilyn Monroe (Narrator: John Steinbeck!)

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