New Repertory Theatre announces joining Watertown Free Public Library in creating special programming in celebration of One Book, One Watertown 2012, surrounding To Kill A Mockingbird, the classic novel by Harper Lee, this fall.
Throughout September and October, the organizations will host a number of special events surrounding To Kill A Mockingbird, for families and patrons of all ages including book discussion groups, a 4-week memoir writing workshop, a free screening of Watertown resident and filmmaker Sandra Jaffee’s documentary Our Mockingbird, and the kick-off performances of the staged adaptation of New Rep’s To Kill A Mockingbird at The Charles Mosesian Theater, including a free concert by gospel trio AzOne at the Arsenal Center for the Arts. The library will also host Dinner and a Movie, catered by Blue Ribbon BBQ with a screening of the 1962 award-winning film To Kill A Mockingbird.
“It made perfect sense to join with New Rep,” says Jill Clements, Department Head of Reference for Watertown Free Public Library. “Their Classic Repertory Company, which tours schools, colleges, and the community, had already decided to present To Kill A Mockingbird. We thought – why not collaborate and enhance the programming for the Watertown community?”
2012 marks the fifth time WFPL has participated in One Book, One Watertown. “It celebrates reading,” continues Clements. “It focuses the public library as a center of community activity and brings many different groups of people together to discuss one thing at the same time. Patrons get to enrich their reading experience by discussing it, learning about it with friends and neighbors, all within the context of the community in which we live and work.”
“We’re thrilled to partner with Watertown Free Public Library,” says New Rep Managing Director Harriet Sheets. “We aim to provide more opportunities for our audience to engage in a variety of ways. Participating in these co-operative events with the library adds to the theatre-going experience.”
"This partnership with Watertown Free Public Library,” Artistic Director Jim Petosa says, “is cause for celebration. Through it, our town's leading advocate for literacy joins forces with Watertown's professional theatre to help stimulate a shared cultural experience—by reading this significant book and/or experiencing it’s story on stage. To Kill A Mockingbird is a hallmark moment for the American novel. As such, it is the perfect story inaugurating both New Rep’s collaboration with the library and the launching of New Rep’s Classic Repertory Company, touring the classics and great works of literature to the community.”
ONE BOOK, ONE WATERTOWN SCHEUDLE OF EVENTS
Memoir Writing Workshop
Saturdays, beginning TODAY September 15 and continuing Sept. 22, 29, October 6, 1:30pm
123 Main Street, Watertown, Mass.
Watertown Free Public Library Website: www.watertownlib.org
Free, open to the public, please register.
Over four sessions, learn to write the story of your life, with Lynne Benton, published writer and editor. Register by stopping by the second floor Reference Desk at Watertown Free Public Library or call 617.972.6436.
Page to Stage with New Repertory Theatre
Thursday, September 20, 7pm
123 Main Street, Watertown, Mass.
Watertown Free Public Library, Watertown Savings Bank Rm.
Free, open to the public, no registration necessary.
With New Rep Artistic Director Jim Petosa, Associate Artistic Director Bridget O’Leary, and Classic Repertory Company’s Director, Clay Hopper, learn what goes into developing the To Kill A Mockingbird story from written word to a professional theatrical production. Topics include story approach, character development, creating sets, costumes, lighting and sound. New Rep’s Classic Repertory Company will tour a professional production of To Kill A Mockingbird to schools, colleges, and the community this fall and spring.
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