Aquila Theatre brings “Fahrenheit 451” to life on stage at WVU Parkersburg Oct. 1

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The Distinguished Performance Series of West Virginia University at Parkersburg opens its 2013-14 season on Tuesday, Oct. 1 with the Aquila Theatre company presenting Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 at 7 p.m. in the College Activities Center.

F451-Logo-(3)Ray Bradbury’s tale of a bleak future where literature and knowledge are on the edge of extinction is more relevant than ever 60 years after its publication. Considered a work of science fiction when first published, the issues raised in this powerful book – censorship, the effects of technology on society and literature, and the means by which knowledge is gained – continue to be very real concerns today.

Aquila Theatre Company will bring new life to Ray Bradbury’s visionary parable of a society gone awry. Founded in 1991 with the desire to create bold reinterpretations of classical plays for contemporary audiences, the Aquila Theatre company brings new works of high quality to audiences across America. “The New York Times” calls the company “extraordinarily inventive and disciplined” while “The New Yorker” describes Aquila’s productions as “the classics made relevant with superb acting and clever staging.” For additional information visit: www.aquilatheatre.com.

The performance of Fahrenheit 451 is part of the Mid-Ohio Valley Big Read project, hosted by WVU Parkersburg in partnership with libraries across the Mid-Ohio Valley. Read the book, attend the performance, and participate in other events that are part of our BIG READ. For a complete schedule of events visit: www.neabigread.org/events/

Tickets are currently on sale in the college business office or by calling (304) 424-8223: Adults $10, Students $5.

This tour engagement of Aquila Theatre Company is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and with additional financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and National Endowment for the Arts with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. The Big Read is program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Related Discussion – Free and Open to the Public
The WVU Parkersburg Humanities Speakers Series is hosting “Fahrenheit 451– Flash Points Then and Now: A Panel Discussion” Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 9:30 a.m. in the College Theatre (Room 1305).

Several WVU Parkersburg faculty and staff will join an interdisciplinary panel discussion to explore this thought-provoking creative work from multiple perspectives. The panel will consider “flash points” relevant in the 1950s, as well as those that are still relevant today, e.g., the impact and future of technology, concerns regarding individual and social psychology, censorship/surveillance, literacy, the rise of science fiction, film and theatrical styles, etc. Audience members are welcome to participate in a follow-up Q & A dialogue with the panelists.

This program, like the previous evening’s staging by the Aquila Theatre of “Fahrenheit 451″ and other related events, supports the 2013 “Big Read,” an innovative community project of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest and hosted by West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

For further information, please contact Dr. Nancy Nanney in the Education and Humanities Division at WVU Parkersburg: ude.puvwnull@yennaN.ycnaN or 304-424-8361.

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