Celebrating National Poetry Month with Shakespeare

CollinsThe Farmington Library celebrates National Poetry Month with Shakespeare!

On Thursday, April 18, 2013, actor Stephen Collins returns to the library for an original one-man performance called, “Shake-Scene,” a show featuring the best of Shakespeare’s word play. This event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the main library at 6 Monteith Drive.

 Who had more effect on the English language than William Shakespeare? He created over 1700 common words that before him were either used in a new manner or didn’t exist at all. He did this by changing nouns into verbs, changing verbs into adjectives, connecting words never before used together, adding prefixes and suffixes, or just invented entirely new words from scratch.

Actor Stephen Collins will make Shakespeare’s words come alive! From the evil machinations of Richard III, to the philosophical bantering of Falstaff, to the brilliant oratory of Brutus and Antony, Stephen brings the Bard’s words to life. Shakespeare’s tragedies, comedies, histories, and Sonnets are all represented in this exciting show presented in celebration of National Poetry Month.

Stephen Collins grew up in Cambridge, and received a BA in Literature from UMass Boston. After twenty plus years in a sales career, he is back doing what he truly loves – performing and teaching. Recently he has been teaching seminars on Whitman, Hardy, Shakespeare, Frost, and Contemporary Poetry at various locations throughout the country.

The newest addition to his repertoire, a one man show entitled, “Shake-Scene,” has been met to rave reviews. He also works as a professionally licensed tour guide doing narrated historical tours of Boston. His Whitman performances have taken him all over the country. He now has six one-man shows and five courses where his teaching style has been described as a hybrid between lecture and performance. For more information, please consult his web site at: http://www.unlaunchedvoices.com/index.htm

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited; advance registration is required for this program. Please call 860-673-6791 for details or register through the library’s web site at http://www.farmingtonlibraries.org. 

The Farmington Library is part of the Farmington Village Green and Library Association.  If you have special needs to attend library programs, contact the library in advance.

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