John Cullum reads chapter one of Emily Frankel's "Three Miles East of Rose." A man and woman (mid 40's), widowers, fall madly in love, but family obligations, careers, inhibitions -- fears that come with living in the nineties and being no longer young and beautiful -- keep them apart.
Bragging about his talents, Emily Frankel wants people to see how John Cullum can enact any subject, whatever subject she mentions.
Even though he's reluctant, Emily begs him, charms him, and gets him to stand up. It's a messy moment in the video but fun. You'll see a bit of the little dance she (quite often) manages to get him to do as he crosses into their bedroom.
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HOW I GOT HERE
I'm a writer, writing things that haven't brought me fame, but continue to involve me, inspire me to find an audience.
I started out as a modern dancer, contemporary, but balletic. I didn't want to be a swan, or a barefoot dancer. I wanted to dance to the music that thrilled me as a child, and made me want to be a dancer.
I began writing in the truck my first husband, Mark Ryder and I bought, in order to carry our set, props, and costumes for a long one-night-stands tour -- eighty-eighty performances in eighty-eight cities.
We were performing "Romeo and Juliet" nightly, but our marriage was breaking up. Every day while our stage manager drove us two-hundred miles or so to the next booking, I'd type a detailed description of last night -- what we did well, what we argued about, and a travelogue about the town, and comments from the people at the nightly party.
Recovering from the trip and the divorce, I sent my "car book" to a friend who said -- "Em, it's great, but ..." And that became rewrites, and another book. Then, my marriage to actor John Cullum, and then a play that got produced, and another book, big hopes because a famous agent loved it. The title and concept changed five times -- now it's been published, finally, as "Somebody, Woman of the Century." You can buy it, or read about it and my other five novels on Emily Frankel.com