Ashley Wood reads “What Baseball Does to the Soul” by Colum McCann
Jeffrey Schmidt reads “Stranger on the Bridge” by Julia Heaberlin
Julie White reads “Leaving Cloud Drive” by Marjorie Kemper
Jeffrey Schmidt reads “Ash” by Thomas Adams
G. W. Bailey reads “West of Nowhere” by Harry Hunsicker
Born in Odessa and raised in Midland, Ashley Wood has been performing in professional theater, voiceover, television, and film for over 20 years. His favorite roles include Hamlet, Harpo Marx, The Rev. Shannon in The Night of the Iguana, and James Leeds in Children of a Lesser God.
Jeffrey Schmidt is a director, actor, and designer whose professional career spans over 20 years in theater, television, film, internet, and radio. In 2017 he became Artistic Director of Theatre Three in Dallas, one of the oldest professional live theaters in the region, now in its 56th season. Additionally, he is a founder and Executive Artistic Director of The Drama Club, a small experimental theater specializing in new work.
Tony Award–winning Julie White has appeared in numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including The Little Dog Laughed, the revival of A. R. Gurney’s play Sylvia opposite Matthew Broderick and Annaleigh Ashford, The Heidi Chronicles, Airline Highway, and Twelfth Night. Her film credits include Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, Transformers 1, 2, & 3, Michael Clayton, and the animated film Monsters vs Aliens. Her many television credits include Nurse Jackie, The Good Wife, Six Feet Under, and Grace Under Fire.
G. W. Bailey is perhaps best known for his roles as Sergeant Rizzo in M*A*S*H, Lieutenant Harris in The Police Academy films, and, most recently, Detective Provenza on TNT’s Major Crimes. Since 2001 Bailey has served as the Executive Director of the Sunshine Kids Foundation, which provides positive group activities for children diagnosed with cancer.