Master storyteller O. Henry 'appears' on Whidbey stage

"Eric L. Foxman presents a one-man show at WICA on Jan. 27. Short story master O. Henry will be brought to life by performer-storyteller Eric L. Foxman, in the one man theatrical presentation Oh, O. Henry! on the stage of the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27. The event is a benefit for the Whidbey Island Waldorf School.This is the second performance on Whidbey by the island artist, who is a resident of Skatchet Head on South Whidbey. Last spring Foxman did a successful benefit for Greenbank Farm. During the intervening months he has toured in Oregon, New York, Idaho, Massachusetts, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. The benefit at WICA is part of his third O. Henry Tour in the Northwest and is a gift to the Whidbey Island Waldorf School.O. Henry was an acknowledged master of the short story, Foxman has said. He singlehandedly made it a popular form of American fiction. At the turn of the century he was read by millions weekly and, at the time, was probably America's best known author. O. Henry lived the last decade of his life in New York City. He drew inspiration for his stories from the people he met daily and the ordinary occurrences he encountered on the streets. The word pictures O. Henry spins illumine the interweaving of human lives that appear in the smallest coincidences of everyday life, Foxman said.Balancing humor and word-pictures and using a minimum of props, Foxman speaks to the imagination with these stories. The Oh, O. Henry program will include little known O. Henry gems, such as The Lonesome Road and Memoirs of a Yellow Dog. I also want to share a couple of my absolute favorites, one of which will probably also be brand new to the audience, Foxman said. The length of the program and the level of vocabulary are appropriate for ages 12 through adult.While he has appeared to critical praise as a performing artist, Foxman does have a day job, as a consulting pharmacist for American and international pharmaceutical manufacturers of complementary and homeopathic medicines. Having such an artistic activity is a healthful counterweight to my focused scientific and regulatory work, he said. Foxman attended a Waldorf School in New York City, and is presenting his WICA performance as gift to the Whidbey Island Waldorf School.Tickets are $10/$7, available in advance by calling 341-5686, or at the door on the evening of the performance. "

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