Flannery O'Connor, the 20th century American writer and essayist, once said, "To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures." Possibly best known for her use of the violent and the grotesque in her stories, O'Connor used these devices as a means to help her modern audience to see themselves.

As a high school senior project, Katelyn Slater, of Words Players Theatre, took two of O’Connor’s well- known short stories, Good Country People and A Good Man is Hard to Find, and produced them for stage.

"O'Connor once said that the truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it, and I know that is a difficult thing to accept. As an audience, we'll need to decide together our ability to digest what O'Connor is showing us," Katelyn said. "I hope, with the help of my cast, to portray the extreme humor in her stories along with the violent and grotesque, and the way in which both of those fundamental aspects of her writing work together to show life as a whole."

There was a post-play discussion with the director and cast concerning the plays, the relevance of O'Connor's work today, and other topics of interest.


Read the news release and an article from the May 16, 2013 Rochester Post Bulletin newspaper.

Take a look at the program and director's notes from the show.

Watch the two plays and post production discussion below or see them in full HD at the Words Players SmugMug site.


Initial remarks from Katelyn Slater:


Good Country People - Part 1:


Good Country People - Part 2:


A Good Man Is Hard To Find - Part 1:


A Good Man Is Hard To Find - Part 2:


Post Performance Discussion - Part 1:


Post Performance Discussion - Part 2:


Post Performance Discussion - Part 3: