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Burbank, So Cal, and Southern Nevada will read and celebrate “OUR TOWN” by Thornton Wilder
during Big Read Events.

May 13, 2014—Burbank California - Shakespeare At Play today announced that it has for the fourth time in five years received a grant of $15,000 to host The Big Read in Southern California and the Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada communities. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure and enrichment. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest. Shakespeare At Play is again one of 77 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2014 and June 2015. The Big Read in Burbank, So Cal, and Southern Nevada will focus on “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. Activities will take place early September of 2014 and end late June of 2015. More details are to come.

Debbie Gates, Executive Director of Shakespeare At Play recently stated: “We here at Shakespeare At Play along with our partners are so very pleased to again be a part of this wonderful and most important program. To bring the classics in literature to so many people of all ages and see them get so inspired to read is exciting and valuable to their lives and to our communities as a whole.”

NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa said, “While the act of reading is usually a solitary one, through the Big Read it will become a social one. This year's Big Read grant recipients are not only playing an important role in encouraging reading but are also developing creative opportunities to involve all members of their communities to come together to discuss and celebrate these great works on literature."

The Big Read provides communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 36 selections from U.S. and world literature. The 77 selected organizations will receive Big Read grants to promote and carry out community-based reading programs featuring activities such as read-a-thons, book discussions, lectures, movie screenings, and performing arts events. The NEA has also developed high-quality, free-of-charge educational materials to supplement each title, including reader’s guides, teacher’s guides, and audio programming, all of which are available to the public on neabigread.org.

For more information about The Big Read please visit neabigread.org.




Our October 27th Malibu Gatsby Extravaganza was a great success!! Click here for more info

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On Tuesday, Sept 17th, SAP presented a free staged reading of "The Great Gatsby", a new stage adaptation by Simon Levy, at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, directed by James Schendel. It was an excellent stage adaptation and it stayed very true to the style and content of the novel. This reading was a part of our 2012 "Big Read" events.




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at Burbank Library,

Sat November 12th, 2011


A great success!! We had over 150 people there and several people were turned away bccause of fire marshall regulations about the number of people allowed in the conference room! Congratulations to cast and Crew



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This video shows first a bit of a chidren's version of "A Midsummer Nights Dream" performed by middle school students directed by Shakespeare At Play actors. The second half of the video shows Shakespeare At Play actors performing "Richard III" at the Colony Theatre in Burbank.



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