PARKERSBURG - The Distinguished Performance Series of West Virginia University at Parkersburg will open its 2013-14 season on Tuesday with the Aquila Theatre company presenting Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" at 7 p.m. in the College Activities Center.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are on sale in the college business office or by calling 304-424-8223.
The performance of "Fahrenheit 451" is part of the Mid-Ohio Valley Big Read project, hosted by WVU-P in partnership with libraries across the Mid-Ohio Valley. For a complete schedule of events, go to www.neabigread.org/events/.
Following the performance, WVU-P theater professor Jeffrey Byrd will lead a discussion of the book from 9-10 p.m. in the college cafeteria.
"Fahrenheit 451" is Bradbury's tale of a bleak future where literature and knowledge are on the edge of extinction. Considered a work of science fiction when first published 60 years ago, the issues raised in the book - censorship, the effects of technology on society and literature, and the means by which knowledge is gained - continue to be very real concerns today.
Aquila Theatre Company will bring new life to Bradbury's visionary parable of a society gone awry. Founded in 1991 with the desire to create bold reinterpretations of classical plays for contemporary audiences, the company brings new works of high quality to audiences across America. For additional information visit: www.aquilatheatre.com.
This tour engagement of Aquila Theatre Company is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and with additional financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and National Endowment for the Arts with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. The Big Read is program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.