There’s Something About Mary (Morris)


. . . and Mary Barbour, and Nedda Alammar, and Carol Bartold and June Eding, and Penina Roth! Thanks, lovely writers, for sharing such soulful stuff at our most recent Freerange show.  (Scroll down to browse photos of them bearing their souls.)

Despite the obnoxious weather, the house was PACKED and full of laughter and energy–a great way to celebrate Freerange’s 3rd anniversary! We even had a special surprise: June Eding, the VERY FIRST Freerange EVER to grace the Freerange stage, read the piece she debuted at our very first show three years ago! It was just as good as if was back then, if not better! Stay tuned, because we’ll be posting June’s sweet and hilarious essay next Wednesday, February 9th on our “Freshly Hatched” page.


Suck it, snowstorm!

In case you haven’t heard, we’re hosting our very own FREERANGE LOGO CONTEST! All are welcome to submit, and we’ll be posting guidelines soon, so start getting those creative juices flowing. And speaking of creative juices, if you have an essay or story you’d like to share on the Freerange stage, please consider submitting to our series. You can read all about our submission requirements by clicking HERE.

And don’t forget to mark your calendars for the next show: Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:00 p.m. at the Cornelia Street Cafe. Our featured readers include:

  • JAMES GUIDA, born in Philadelphia in 1978, and grew up in Australia. He is the author of MARBLES, a book of aphorisms, and has written for a variety of publications, including AGNI, RARITAN, THE YALE REVIEW, and TIN HOUSE.
  • PETER HYMAN is the author of The Reluctant Metrosexual:  Dispatches From An Almost Hip Life, a collection of humorous non-fiction.  His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, GQ, New York magazine, McSweeney’s and along with a half-dozen anthologies, including The Best American Essays 2010 (as a “Notable Essay”).
  • JULIE KLAM, author of the most recent book, YOU HAD ME AT WOOF: How Dogs Taught Me The Secrets of  Happiness (Riverhead 2010)  as well PLEASE EXCUSE MY DAUGHTER (Riverhead 2008). She grew up in Bedford, New York. After attending NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and interning at Late Night with David Letterman, she went on to write for such publications as O: The Oprah Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Redbook, Family Circle, and The New York Times Magazine and for the VH1 television show Pop-Up Video, where she earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Class Writing. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, daughter, and three dogs. 


June Eding and the reenactment

Mira Ptacin, Freerange's momma bird

Mary Barbour, getting some apologies out of the way and making us cry from laughter

Carol Bartold, keeping it real

Penina Roth debuts her novel-in-progress

Nedda Alammar's recalls breaking free from the parental headlock

Nedda Alammar recounts breaking free from the parental headlock