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The Originalist

An American Original

A Reading List for Arena Stage's 'The Originalist'

Needless to say, the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia shook up U.S. politics deeply. Scalia's influence on the court was profound, and it is no surprise that writers have engaged both his legal career and writing as well as his overall personal presence on the court in trying to understand him. 

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Shakespeare's "Henry VI" and "Richard III"

Two Kings, One Crown

William Shakespeare's "The Hollow Crown" series returns to PBS this month! 

The Little Foxes

Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes

Mon., Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.

You are cordially invited to attend the Southwest Library discussion of Lillian Hellman's drama The Little FoxesThis event is presented as part of In the Arena, a community discussion of works being produced at Arena Stage.  Copies of the play are available for checkout at the Southwest Library's information desk.

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

Southwest Book Discussion, 1 p.m., Sat., Aug. 27

You are cordially invited to attend the monthly Southwest book discussion.  Copies of this month's selection, The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, are available at the information desk.

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'Hamilton' and Beyond: Tony Nominees at Your Library

So the 2016 Tony nominations are out.  You may not be able to get to NYC to see these shows, but you have a library, a computer, and an imagination and sometimes that’s enough. (Trust me, the version of Rent I pictured in my head was way better than the one I eventual saw.)  Here are some of the nominees and some resources to help you out.Best MusicalHamilton

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The Play's the Thing

Comedy Tonight--and tomorrow night too!

The District of Columbia has a rich and varied theater scene, and the District of Columbia Public Library has a terrific collection of scripts and plays from many different times and cultures to match it.  I've included some of my favorite comedies from the 20th and 21st century below. They're as much fun to read as they are to watch.

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Marching Along with John Philip Sousa

An evening with the famous "March King"

The library will present a special performance by local actor Dwane Starlin as he embodies the life and spirit of the great American bandmaster and composer John Philip Sousa (1854-1932), known for his military and patriotic marches such as "The Washington Post," "Semper Fidelis," and "Stars and Stripes Forever" and who was born in Washington DC, on Wednesday, November 4, at 7 p.m.

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Open Mic - Book Scenes!

So, you think you act? Bring on the drama!

Join us for an engaging evening as words leave the pages. Participants will perform their favorite monologue or scene from their favorite read. Individuals and teams are welcome to participate. Please register at woodridgelibrary at dc.gov or visit the branch to sign up. The event will be held on Thursday, July 16 at 7 p.m.

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The Adventures of the Traveling Book Club

'Fences' by August Wilson

If you frequent the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, then you are probably aware of the many book clubs that we host to engage our community including, the What Did We Just Read Book Club, the Book to Film Club, the Urban Fiction Book Club and of course our

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Your Friday Five

Dark Comedies

My two favorite kinds of books are those that make me laugh and those that make me supremely uncomfortable. If a book can do both, it has my heart forever.  If you find dark comedies as satisfying as I do, you might want to try one or more of the following titles:The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson