Here’s this week’s question:
Q: In the original production of Kurt Vonnegut’s play Happy Birthday, Wanda June, the young actor Steven Paul played the part of Paul Ryan. What is Steven Paul’s other connection to the work of Kurt Vonnegut?
a) He directed the film adaptation of Slapstick
b) He had a supporting role in the film version of Mother Night
c) He played Harold Ryan in a future production of Wanda June
d) He did the narration for the audio book of Slaughterhouse-Five
Check back next week for the answer. The correct response to last week’s question was D – Walter Starbuck met his wife Ruth at a post-WW2 refugee camp.
For serious Vonnegut fans, there is no better resource than Marc Leeds’ The Vonnegut Encyclopedia, a revised edition of which was published by Delacorte Press in 2016. For more on the Encyclopedia, here’s a recent review from the Irish Journal of American Studies.
You can also read Leeds’ interview with The Daily Vonnegut.
Finally, here’s a clip of a 2018 appearance in which Marc discusses Kurt Vonnegut and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.