Editor’s Note: This article, originally published on February 6, has been significantly updated to reflect changes in dates and times for the Arts & Humanities lecture, “Story-Catcher” — The Life and Writing of Brian Doyle” and an exhibit of artwork by Mary Miller Doyle. The Feb. 6 article stating that the lecture would take place on Feb. 17; due to weather conditions, it has now been rescheduled to occur on March 10. Dates for the unveiling of the art exhibit will be announced soon; it too has been postponed due to the weather.
The late author Brian Doyle will be celebrated in March with a new staged adaptation of his works, a panel discussion featuring those who knew him personally, and an exhibit of paintings by his wife, Mary Miller Doyle, at Vashon Center for the Arts.
Doyle, a prodigious writer whose humorous and poignant prose earned him several prestigious awards and a national reputation, died of brain cancer in 2017 at the age of 60. His voice lives on through his far-ranging stories, essays and novels.
Islanders Gerry and Mike Feinstein, who knew him personally, are co-producing the events at Vashon Center for the Arts to remember their friend and explore his genius.
The centerpiece of the events is “Kissing the Joy as It Flies, the Wit and Wisdom of Brian Doyle,” a lively staged presentation of some of Brian Doyle’s best essays and excerpts from his stories and novels, which will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at VCA’s Kay White Hall.
“Kissing the Joy as It Flies” has been adapted for the stage by the Feinsteins and will be directed by Charlotte Tiencken. Kat Eggleston has created original music for the show, and the cast includes Jeanne Dougherty, David Mielke, Paul Shapiro and Cate O’Kane.
There will also be an Arts & Humanities lecture about Doyle and his work, at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, following that day’s presentation of “Kissing the Joy as it Flies.” Moderated by Mike Feinstein, the lecture event, “Story-Catcher – The Life and Writing of Brian Doyle,” will include three of Doyle’s close friends: Oregon nature writer Robin Cody, University of Portland English professor Father Charles Gordon and former director of the Lake Oswego Library William Baars. Mary Miller Doyle will also be part of the panel.
Her paintings will also be on view at Vashon Center for the — dates of the exhibition will include the weekend of performances and the panel.
More information and a link to purchase tickets to both the “Story-Catcher” talk and “Kissing the Joy as it Flies” can be found at vashoncenterforthearts.org.