National troupe performs ´Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451' March 7

c(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Feb. 25, 2014) –– Events of “One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads Fahrenheit 451” reach a fiery climax March 7 at 8 p.m. when the New York based Aquila Theatre visits Stillwater to perform “Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451” at the OSU Seretean Center Concert Hall.  An acting class and pre-performance lecture will take place on the same day.

“One of the many reasons we chose to read ‘Fahrenheit 451’ was the Aquila Theatre’s stop in Stillwater,” said Lynda Reynolds, Stillwater Public Library director. “Authors almost never write the script adapting their books into plays, but Aquila’s performance is based on Ray Bradbury’s own script adaptation.  This event will help make the book come alive for our readers.”

Aquila Theatre was founded in London by artistic director Peter Meineck in 1991.  The company moved to New York City in 1999 and has been performing reinterpretations of classical plays for contemporary audiences across the United States.

Based in New York City since 1999, Aquila has gone on to win popular, critical and academic acclaim worldwide and regularly appears at international festivals with performances in places as diverse as Carnegie Hall, the Ancient Stadium at Delphi, The Los Angeles Cathedral Plaza and the White House.

The New Yorker has praised the Aquila Theatre troupe for making classics relevant to new audiences with its superb acting and clever staging.  The New York Times says that the classically trained troupe is modernly hip, inventive and disciplined.

Tickets for the performance may be purchased through Allied Arts at http://alliedarts.okstate.edu/tickets.  Tickets prices are $8 for OSU students and $15 for adults.

Prior to the performance, Aquila Theatre cast members will hold a one hour lecture at 7 p.m. in Room 123 of the OSU Seretean Center.  The lecture is free, but seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Aquila TheatreEarlier in the day, teens and adults have an opportunity to attend Aquila’s “Physical Theatre Masterclass.”  The 90-minute class, taught by members of the company, is designed to allow participants to experience the requirements and disciplines of working and performing in a physical theatre company.  By sharing some of the Aquila Theatre Company’s rituals, in the form of movement and vocal exercises, participants will explore the imaginative and physical resources that the company uses in order to create its own unique theatrical style.

The class takes place at 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theater.  Enrollment for the class is free, but limited.  To register, email Mitts at mitts@okstate.edu.

The “One Book, One Community” series winds down with two film screenings and discussions by OSU professor Tim Prchal at Stillwater Public Library.  "Fahrenheit 451" will be shown March 13 at 6:30 p.m. and “The Hunger Games” will be shown March 16 at 1:30 p.m.

“One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads Fahrenheit 451” is sponsored by Stillwater Public Library, OSU Library and Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History.

Additional partners for One Book, One Community include Stillwater Public Library Trust, Friends of the OSU Library, City of Stillwater, Friends of the Stillwater Public Library, KOSU, OK Quality Printing, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, OSU Allied Arts, OSU English Department, OSU School of Media & Strategic Communications, OSU School of Teaching and Curriculum Leadership, Stillwater Journal, Stillwater NewsPress and Stillwater Speaks.

For more information, visit the Stillwater Public Library web site at http://library.stillwater.org, email askalibrarian@stillwater.org or call 405-372-3633.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).