Contact: Debbie Carton
Book Into Film: Romeo + Juliet Discussion Group at the Berkeley Public Library Berkeley Public Library invites you to participate in an examination of Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, based on Shakespeare’s tragedy. Luhrmann updates the star-crossed lovers’ tale with a modern setting of Verona Beach and gun-toting gangs, while preserving the 16th century language. Is it innovative and fresh, or an interesting idea that didn’t quite work? Read the play, and join us for a lively discussion of a bold take on a beloved classic. Discussion group participants will read the play at home and then gather at 1:30 on Sunday, January 22, 2012 in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room at Berkeley’s Central Library, 2090 Kittredge Street to view the film together. After viewing the film, participants will discuss the play, the movie and the adaptation process. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, this free Book into Film program at the Central Library takes place every other month and offers adult and teen patrons the opportunity to discuss books, films and the art of adaptation. Participation is limited and registration is required. Please call (510) 981-6236 to register for this program. The Central Library is open Monday, noon-8 p.m., Tuesday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. For questions and accessibility information, call 510-981-6107, TTY 510-548-1240, http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.
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