Dramatic reading program on 'American dream' at library
On Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m., the Friends of the Jamestown Library are pleased to present "Living Literature," a group of dramatic readers who will perform a program, including staged readings of written work by various authors. In 2004, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities commissioned Living Literature to investigate the nation's founding principles by exploring "The Pursuit of Happiness: What is the American Dream?" They started with Theodore H. White's essay, "The American Ideal," in which that author says, "The story we celebrate is the story of how this idea [as outlined in the Declaration of Independence] worked itself out, how it stretched and changed and how the call for 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness' does still, as it did in the beginning, mean different things to different people."
Joining Artistic Director Barry Press, are Sharon Carpentier and Nehassaiu deGannes, who will perform a 50-minute, program that includes readings from following authors: Sherman Alexie, Bebe Moore Campbell, Sandra Cisneros, Allen Ginsberg, Langston Hughes, Frank McCourt, Pat Mora, Dwight Okita, Grace Paley, and R. A. Sasaki. It is intended that the ideas and issues on what the phrase "the American Dream" means to different people will generate a brief discussion following the presentation.
Now in its eleventh year, Living Literature is an association of performing artists in the Rhode Island area, celebrating the written word through performances of non-dramatic literature in schools and community venues throughout southeastern New England.