See and hear Shakespeare in a new light when the Library marks the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death in 2016. The Mount Prospect Library Foundation brings The Shakespeare Project of Chicago to Mount Prospect by sponsoring three plays: The Winter’s Tale on January 19; Cymbeline on March 1; and Cardenio on April 19.
The Shakespeare Project will present theatrical readings of these works. As there are no sets, props, or costumes, you may find that these productions are the best way to experience Shakespeare’s words. At 7 p.m. the pre-show introduction begins. Following the play is a post-show discussion and opportunity to interact with the actors and creative team, which will further enrich your experience.
This program is sponsored by the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation, which raises funds for special programming and events.
The Winter’s Tale
Shakespeare’s romance not only contains the playwright’s most famous stage direction (“Exit, pursued by a bear”) but a story that goes to the deepest side of tragedy before finding its triumphant redemption. A Sicilian king becomes consumed by the belief that his best friend has committed adultery with his wife, and this passionate jealousy ignites a series of events that takes us on an adventure in which we witness several miracles. This beautiful play may have you believing “What’s gone and what’s past help should be past grief.” Associate Artistic Director Barbara Zahora directs.
“How hard it is to hide the sparks of nature!”
Filled with intrigue and romance, Shakespeare’s Cymbeline features an evil queen, an innocent young princess, an upstanding young man, a conniving villain, and the titular king in the fantastical world of this twist-filled tale. Jeff Christian directs.
It’s Anselmo’s big wedding day, but he’s having second thoughts: Will his betrothed remain faithful to him? To put his new wife to the test, he asks his best man to try to seduce her. Join the wedding guests for a celebration like none you’ve ever witnessed in this delightful modern adaptation based on William Shakespeare and John Fletcher’s long-lost play, Cardenio. Peter Garino directs a cast of Shakespeare Project favorites in this special adaptation by Stephen Greenblatt and Charles Mee.
The new January / February issue of our Preview newsletter is now available. You can also browse previous editions of the Preview and Your Guide.
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During the latter half of 2015, the Second Floor of the library will be undergoing an extensive renovation. Find about the improvements we have planned for you by clicking here!
The new September / October issue of our Preview newsletter and the Fall 2015 Your Guide are now available. You can browse previous editions as well.
Book Crossing is an international, intergenerational reading program for all ages. We work with our Sister City, Sèvres, France, to select books by both American and French authors translated into English.
Stop by the book displays on each floor to discover the books chosen this year and pick up one of the selections—there’s something for everyone!
Watch the Library’s Facebook page for Book Crossing updates or to join the discussion. Visit the Book Crossing web page to get details on the books and to read about related programs.
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Join the fun during the Adult Spelling Bee. Learn about the Eastland disaster with Ted Wachholz. Learn all about plants during Mad Scientist Club Junior: Here We Grow. Then become captivated during Super Saturday: Indian Dance Featuring Kalapriya. Click here to watch.
The July / August issue of our Preview newsletter is now available! You can also browse previous editions of the Preview and Your Guide.
The latest episode of Library Life features the Summer Reading Program: Read to the Rhythm, detailing how readers of all ages can get in tune and earn prizes for reading from the Adult, Teen, and Youth Services departments, an interview with author, Sue Baugh, who describes her journey to remote areas of the earth, rediscovering the conversations between us and nature, featured in the June 4 program, Echoes of Earth, imaginative crafts created with recycled and repurposed pieces during Create-a-Craft: Earth Day Fun, staff book recommendations, and scenes from Super Saturday: Andy Head’s Wonderfully Wacky Juggling Show, the exhilarating performance featuring dramatic tricks designed for sophisticated kids and silly adults, alike. Click here to watch!