Burn a book at Bradbury Storytelling Festival
News-Sun staff report October 23, 2013 12:53PM
Storytellers Jim May and Megan Wells tell “Lime Vanilla Ice” during the 2012 Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival. This year's “Fahrenheit 451”will be held Oct. 25 at the Genesee Theatre in downtown. | Photo submitted.
Updated: November 25, 2013 12:41PM
WAUKEGAN — The award-winning 8th annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival, “Fahrenheit 451,” will be held Oct. 25 at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St.
This year’s theme highlights banned and burned books from history. Acclaimed storytellers Megan Wells, Jim May and Jay O’Callahan will perform selections from books that have been censored or targeted with removal from libraries and schools, such as “Don Quixote” and ”Arabian Nights.” In addition, selections from Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” a banned book that is ironically about the banning and burning of books, will be interwoven through the evening.
The Festival will begin with a slideshow and commentary by Waukegan Public Library Director Richard Lee about his recent trip to Bradbury’s home in Los Angeles.
Starting at 6:30 p.m., pre-performance activities will include mock book burnings outside the Genesee Theatre and a police lineup photo opportunity with banned books. All guests are welcome to dress in costume or bring their favorite banned book. Information will also be available about the 30th annual Ray Bradbury Creative Contest.
Sponsored by the Waukegan Public Library, the festival features a 10:30 a.m. children’s matinee and an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. for listeners 12 and older.
Tickets are $17 for the evening show and $6 for the school matinee at the Genesee box office or www.ticketmaster.com. Library patrons can present any library card and receive $1 off at the box office.
For more information, call or visit the Waukegan Public Library at (847) 623-2041, www.waukeganpl.org.