Walking Distance is funny, compelling and familiar.  You care about the characters (adorably flawed, both of them), and you want to know what is going to happen to them. And what does happen to them is life — not an easy life, but real life.  The story has all the elements of a good film: comedy, tragedy and redemption, with lovely arcs for each of the characters as well as for their relationship, which really is a character in and of itself.”
- Lynn Shelton, director of Humpday (Special Jury Prize, Sundance, 2009)


Walking Distance is a profoundly unique memoir.  David Hlavsa invites the reader into a sacred place where the numinous meets the secular, where humor and suffering intersect, and where life and death coalesce.  Few literary pieces allow such an authentic glimpse into the world of profound love and loss.”

- Joanne Cacciatore, PhD, Founder, MISS Foundation, International Center for Loss and Trauma


“Deeply inspiring.  For some couples wanting a baby and having one is like a walk across a backyard garden – sweet and swift.   For others, it’s a pilgrimage of passionate endurance.  Walking Distance is a poignant and captivating account of a hard journey – written with humor and humility by a loving husband and father.”

- Sherokee Ilse, author of Empty Arms



“Hlavsa has a great deal of good advice for the actor.  He writes with a hands-on immediacy that pulls us convincingly into the rehearsal process and he formulates practical methods for dealing with all the bumps in the road.  Directors could do well to give this a read as well.”

- Dan Sullivan, Tony Award winner, former Artistic Director Seattle Repertory Theatre


“It was exhilarating and instructive to read An Actor Rehearses.   Where has this book been all our lives?  It's blessedly free of pompous theorizing and manages the considerable feat of offering aspiring and experienced actors and directors a wonderfully practical and utterly authoritative road map for the tricky terrain of the rehearsal hall."

- Doug Hughes, Tony Award winner, former Artistic Director, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT