March 9, 2019 | A lively and provocative dramatic presentation featuring Brian Doyle’s best essays and writings. The production was adapted for the stage by Gerry and Mike Feinstein and directed by Charlotte Tiencken. Actors included Jeanne Dougherty, David Mielke, Paul Shapiro, and Cate O’Kane with original songs and musical interludes provided by Kat Eggleston.

The prodigious writer Brian Doyle, whose humorous and poignant prose earned him several prestigious awards and a national reputation, died of brain cancer in 2017 at the too-young age of 60. His voice lives on through his far-ranging stories, essays, and novels that are brimming with universal, life-changing truths.

Vashon Islanders, Gerry and Mike Feinstein, who knew him personally, co-produced “Kissing the Joy as It Flies: The Wit and Wisdom of Brian Doyle” at the Kay White Hall on March 9 and 10, 2019.

“Doyle’s writing lends itself perfectly to the spoken word,” says co-producer Gerry Feinstein. “His insights and humor pierce straight to the heart. He makes us laugh and cry, and we come away with a deeper understanding of the human condition.”

Filmed by Michael Monteleone.