Discover the joys of Shakespeare with your friends and neighbors at the library and beyond
Hillsboro Reads the…who? The Bard, also known as William Shakespeare. The Bard means the poet and Hillsboro Library is celebrating English literature’s most famous poet and playwright with five weeks of special programs designed for the whole family.
Post Date:02/19/2019 8:20 am
Hillsboro Reads the…who?
The Bard, also known as William Shakespeare, means the poet and Hillsboro Library is celebrating English literature’s most famous poet and playwright with five weeks of special programs designed for the whole family.
The programs compliment Bag&Baggage Production’s The Island in Winter, or La Isla en Invierno. This bilingual adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, written by local playwright Carlos-Zenen Trujillo, updates all of the drama and magic of the original play for contemporary, diverse audiences.
Hillsboro Reads is in its fifth year, but Hillsboro Reads The Bard: Shakespeare Reimagined is a first. Linda Osuna, Library Manager, sees the programs as an easy, no-stress way to introduce the Bard, and a contemporary re-telling of his work, to the entire community.
“Many people aren’t familiar with Shakespeare’s work to start and a re-telling of material they don’t know in the first place can sound even more overwhelming,” Osuna says. “The Bard: Shakespeare Reimagined programs offer different ways to break down the Bard’s original work and Trujillo’s adaptation in a comfortable, accessible, judgement-free environment.”
All Hillsboro Reads the Bard programs are free.
Community reading programs have been popular throughout the country for decades. And for good reason. They’re a great way for groups, neighborhoods, or entire cities, to come together, explore a topic, and have discussions about a book.
Hillsboro Reads the Bard is unique as it offers the opportunity to connect with Shakespeare while celebrating our city’s diversity in multiple ways. Participants can meet Truillo and discuss his play, dive deep into the original work, learn how to draw Renaissance-style portraits, attend a Cuban Dance Party, and more. There’s even a playwriting workshop led by a diverse group of local playwrights.
The partnership will help Bag&Baggage better reach Hillsboro’s underserved communities who “rarely (if ever) see themselves and their stories on stage,” according to Scott Palmer, Founding Artistic Director, on the B&B website. It will also introduce regular theater goers to the Hillsboro Public Library’s variety of programming.
“We’re not just a book depository,” continues Osuna, who points to popular offerings like Story Times presented in multiple languages and partnerships with the Portland Symphony where patrons can see, hear and touch various instruments. “We’re part of the fabric of the community. This is not your grandmother’s library!”