Be Here Now: David Felton’s “A Manson Family Album” @ the Berkshire Theatre Festival, 2/20/11

Stories For A Sunday Afternoon

The Berkshire Theatre Festival’s Stories for a Sunday Afternoon series of readings continues at 4pm on Sunday with David Felton’s “A Manson Family Album.” Felton will be reading excerpts from stories he’s written about the Manson Family, the Mel Lyman Family, the Brian Wilson family, the Lily Tomlin family, his own family and the day Mick Jagger dropped by.

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Appropriately enough, Felton has led quite a storied life himself. While at The Los Angeles Times, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his work covering the first Watts riots. While at Rolling Stone, his five-part study of Charles Manson won the National Magazine Award. And he edited Hunter S. Thompson’s seminal “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”

As a television writer, Felton penned episodes of “Square Pegs,” “A Different World” and “Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre.” At MTV, he helped develop “Beavis and Butt-Head.” And he’s currently the president of the Deep Listening Institute, a non-profit foundation that promotes the work of pioneer composer Pauline Oliveros.

NOTE: That is likely the only paragraph ever written in the history of mankind to include both Beavis and Butt-Head and Pauline Oliveros…

David Felton’s reading, “A Manson Family Album,” will be held at 4pm Sunday at the Berkshire Theatre Festival’s Unicorn Theatre. There will be complimentary coffee, tea and cookies. A $10 donation is suggested.

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