Linda Livingston

Linda Livingston, Artistic Director of Transport Theatre, is an award-winning actress who has appeared on stages across the country, from a staged reading of “Marie Antoinette” at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, to touring with Seattle’s Shakespearean Bellevue Rep. She has performed in “Master Class” (Maria Callas); Rubicon’s world premiere of “Murder in the First” (Blanche) with Ted Neeley and the late Larry Hagman; “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (Nurse Ratched); and “Diary of Anne Frank” (Edith Frank) to name a few. Her turn as Vivien Bearing in “W;t” won her an LA Stage Alliance Ovation Nomination during its run at the Victory Theatre in Burbank. Linda has also acted in two plays for National Public Radio, hosted a television show on California’s central coast, and appeared in the short film, “Brightness,” featuring Eric Idle, which ran on the Independent Film Channel. Linda has directed shows at a half dozen theatres, and has written two stage plays as well as a dozen monologues for Santa Paula California’s wildly popular annual GhostWalk. She has co-written two radio plays that were produced live: “Tales to Tremble By - Play Within a Play,” and “The Shadow, 1940’s Re-creation,” both by Grand Guignol Players. She holds a Master’s in Theatre Education from UNCO and has taught acting at a number of schools and theatres.
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  An O. Henry Holiday -- Gifts of the Season

Christmas Classic Holiday by Linda Livingston

40 pages

Very fluid cast. Minimum: 7 m, 5 w.


“The Gift of the Magi” is probably one of the most beloved stories for Christmas. It, along with two other tender stories by O. Henry, “The Last Leaf” and the lesser known “Christmas by Injunction,” are dramatized here, set in the framework of O. Henry’s life which in itself is a story. In the early 1900s he was one of the most widely read authors in America. O. Henry, whose real name was William Sydney Porter, was known, however, to have spent some time in jail for allegedly embezzling from an employer, and it is believed that he started writing there in ord...