Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Go watch a radio show

We love the First State Children's Theater Company. I've blogged about them before, but wanted to let everyone know of their current tour of the State of Delaware doing "The Maltese Falcon" as part of Delaware's "The Big Read" initiative. Find a location near you and check it out. They do a great job!

Here's the e-mail they sent us

What is “The Big Read”: The Big Read is an initiative of the Delaware Division of Libraries and the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. This is the first year Delaware has participated in this celebrated national program.. The 2009 Big Read for the state of Delaware is Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. Through the energies of Patty Langley (from the Delaware Division of Libraries), the Delaware Center for the Book and their partners, Delaware libraries have spent 2009 hosting book discussions, theatrical readings, film series, and scholar-led presentations and discussions. In addition, many public libraries have been offering other locally planned, supplementary programming to enhance and expand the reading experience.

What is our tour: This touring production of The Maltese Falcon is staged in the spirit of a radio play and involves 4 actors with live foley (sound effects). The original script is adapted is directly and faithfully from the book – and uses only dialogue and narration by Dashiell Hammett; so that the audience discovers this crime story through his unique/signature writing style, phrasing, vocabulary, and slang.

When is our tour: We are touring this performance April 21 – May 5.

How long is the performance: This performance runs I hour, 20 minutes.

Who is the target audience: Anyone who would read and enjoy Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon.

How much are tickets: This performance is free to the public. It is free to attend.

Who are the actors/PTTP alumni:

  • Michael Boudewyns - (UD/PTTP grad 1992)
  • Lynn Berg - (UD/PTTP grad 2003)
  • Luis Galindo - (UD/PTTP grad 2007)
  • Sara Valentine - (UD/PTTP grad 2007)

***Final “late night” performance ***
  • When: Tuesday May 5, 2009
  • Time: 10:00pm
  • Where: Hartshorn Theatre – in the “Pool Room” on first floor
(on the corner of Academy St. and E. Park Place, UD campus, Newark)
  • Who: Best enjoyed by ages 12 and up
  • Program length: 1 hour and 20 minutes

2009 Big Read Maltese Falcon touring schedule (14 performances in 12 days)

Tues. Apr 21
Milton Public Library - 6:30pm
121 Union Street
Milton, DE 19968

Wed. Apr 22
Down’s Cultural Center - 2:00pm
(located in the Ingleside Retirement Center)
1005 N Franklin St
Wilmington, DE 19806

Thurs. Apr 23
Selbyville Public Library - 6:30pm
11 Main & McCabe Streets
Selbyville, DE 19975

Sat. Apr 25
Seaford Public Library - 2:00pm
402 North Porter Street
Seaford, DE 1997

Mon. Apr 27
New Castle Senior Center – 1:30pm
400 South Street
New Castle, DE 19720

Woodlawn Public Library – 7:00pm
2020 West Ninth Street
Wilmington, DE 19805

Tues. Apr 28
Rehoboth Beach Public Library - 6:30pm
226 Rehoboth Ave.
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Wed. Apr 29
Laurel Public Library - 7:00pm
101 East 4th Street
Laurel, DE 19956

Thurs. Apr 30
Lewes Public Library - 7:00pm
111 Adams Avenue
Lewes, DE 19958

Fri. May 1
Brandywine Hundred Library – 7:00pm
1300 Foulk Road
Wilmington, DE 19803

Sat. May 2
Kent County Library - 2:00pm
2319 South DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901

Sun. May 3
Corbit-Calloway Memorial Library - 2:00pm
115 High Street
Odessa, DE 19730

Tues. May 5
Elsmere Public Library - 6:30pm
30 Spruce Avenue
Elsmere, DE 19805

Hartshorn Theatre – 10:00pm
(in the “Pool Room” on the first floor )
On the corner of Academy St. and E. Park Place
UD campus
Newark, DE 19711

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