National Endowment of the Arts - The Big Read

Shakespeare At Play


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328 N Brighton St
Burbank, CA 91506-2104

Tel: 818/566-1925
Fax: 818/566-1925
http://www.shakespeareatplay.org

The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town by Thornton Wilder

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The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town
Thornton Wilder

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Events

Our Town Family Festival - Kick-Off Event

Huge all day outdoor event with family fun games and events in a late 1930's small town theme culminating with a live performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The Big Read information tent regarding Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" will be manned and presented as an event in its self with barkers gathering crowds to give away book marks, Big Read event flyers, books, instructions for how to get Reader's Guides, and Teacher's Guides online. Food tents, arts and crafts, live music, and all kinds of games. Burbank and Los Angeles Mayors will be invited along with city, county, and state officials and council members. The event includes the Afro-Peruvian music/dance of Crodova Creative Dance Theatre, a Peruvian costume contest, coloring books, 1930's dance lessons, along with readings and discussions of Thornton Wilder's "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" and "Our Town." Aerial acts and and performing acrobats with shows will also be happening all day. A great family experience to kick off our grant season.

Event Location: Buena Vista Library, 300 N. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91505

Date: Sat, Sep 20, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 8:00pm

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Stories of Thornton Wilder at the Junior Blind of America

Program includes: introduction of "The Big Read", Shakespeare At Play actors perform readings of selections from "The Bridge of Luis Rey" and "Our Town." Costuming from the time period is shown and samples of the music of the 1930's is played. Q&A period at the end of the program.

Event Location: 5300 Angeles Vista Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90043

Date: Wed, Oct 8, 2014
Time: 4:30pm – 7:00pm

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Keynote Speaker: Penelope Niven Presents "Thornton Wilder - a Life"

Penelope Niven, niece of Thornton Wilder, presents her very interesting and fascinating point of view regarding Mr. Wilder form her book "Thornton Wilder - a Life." after the presentation there will be a Q&A and book signing. A manned Big Read information table will be there for promotion and handouts of event flyers, bookmarks, books, Audio CD's, Reader's Guides, and Teacher's Guides.

Event Location: Burbank Central Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502

Date: Wed, Oct 15, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Book: The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town

Keynote Speaker: Penelope Niven Presents "Thornton Wilder - a Life"

Penelope Niven, niece of Thornton Wilder, presents her very interesting and fascinating point of view regarding Mr. Wilder form her book "Thornton Wilder - a Life." after the presentation there will be a Q&A and book signing. A manned Big Read information table will be there for promotion and handouts of event flyers, bookmarks, books, Audio CD's, Reader's Guides, and Teacher's Guides.

Event Location: Buena Vista Library, 300 N. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91505

Date: Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

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Our Town at the Petersen Automotive Museum

Exhibits of 1930's automobiles along with related items from the time period (ie. gas pumps, automotive tools, tanks, tires.etc.) Shakespeare At Play actors dressed in 1930's costumes mingle with the crowd distributing Big Read bookmarks and engaging in conversations regarding the Big Read and Thornton Wilder's books "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" and "Our Town." A main table is set up and manned by costumed actors handing out copies of "Our Town" along with bookmarks and instructions on how to get Reader's Guides on line.

Event Location: 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Date: Sat, Oct 18, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm

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Brown Bag Book Club Reads "Our Town."

The members of the Burbank Public Library Brown Bag Book Club gather at the Central Library to read and discuss Thornton Wilder's classic, "Our Town." The first month will focus on Act I, the second month will focus on Act II, and the third month will focus on Act III.

Event Location: Burbank Central Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502

Date: Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Date: Tue, Nov 18, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Date: Tue, Dec 16, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

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Colony Theatre Interactive Reading

In the theatre lobby refreshments will be set up before the performed reading of "Our Town." Big Read Bookmarks will be given away along with copies of "Our Town." Within the staged reading people will be asked to read a part of the story with the professional actors. At the end of the performance there will be an interactive Q&A session.

Event Location: 555 N. 3rd St., Burbank, CA 91502

Date: Fri, Nov 7, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Date: Sat, Nov 8, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

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Joslyn Center Book Club Reads "Our Town."

Joslyn Adult Center Book Club Members will read and discuss Thornton Wilder's "Our Town." The month of January 2015 will focus on Act I, the month of February will focus on Act II, and the month of March will focus on Act III.

Event Location: Joslyn Adult Center, 1301 W. Olive Avenue, Burbank, CA 91506

Date: Thu, Jan 8, 2015
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Date: Thu, Feb 12, 2015
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Date: Thu, Mar 12, 2015
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

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An Evening with Thornton Wilder

Public Screening of the DVD "Our Town" produced by PBS Pictures of the Paul Newman performance on Broadway. An introduction to the "Big Read" will be presented by executives of Shakespeare At Play before the screening. Free popcorn will be made and distributed as well as books of "Our Town." A brief Q&A will follow with an introduction to the next day's screening of the version of the same show but with Hal Holbrook as the Stage Manager. This will allow for a great compare and contrast discussion after the second screening.

Event Location: 300 N. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91506-2104

Date: Thu, Apr 23, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

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