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Theatre Comes to Life at Library's 'Script Talk!'

In this twist on the traditional book club, participants read and discuss a play.

The traditional book club is a popular pastime for many readers, but have you ever considered -- a play reading club? In the 's "Script Talk!" monthly series, you are invited to read a play, participate in an lively discussion, and then enjoy a movie version of the play.

"Script Talk!" is led by theatre director and library public relations/programming coordinator, Tom Holehan.  

"Script Talk!" begins this fall on Tuesday, Sept. 11 with a look at Yasmina Reza's Tony Award-winning comedy, "God of Carnage."

Reza constructs her dark comedy of bad manners when she introduces a pair of well-bred parents who meet to politely discuss their children's recent playground brawl. When the veneer of politeness is stripped away, however, we come to realize that the adults are acting more like children than their kids.

The little-seen, Roman Polanski film version of the play starring Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet (simply titled "Carnage") will be shown following the discussion.

Also scheduled for "Script Talk!" will be Beau Willimon's contemporary political drama, "Farragut North" on Oct. 9; Noel Coward's classic comedy of manners, "Design For Living" on Nov. 13; and Richard Brinsley Sheridan's restoration comedy, "The School for Scandal" on Dec. 11.

In each case, a film version of the play will be shown immediately following the one-hour discussion.

"Script Talk!" is held in the Stratford Library's Lovell Room beginning at noon each month. Participants are invited to bring a bag lunch; coffee and tea are also served.

Copies of all plays are currently available for loan at the library’s Circulation Desk. The discussion programs are free and open to the public.

For further information and/or a 2012 program schedule, visit the Stratford Library at 2203 Main Street in Stratford, Conn. or call its Public Relations and Programming Office at: 203.385.4162. Timely information is also available on the library's website at: www.stratfordlibrary.org.

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