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Mary Shelley’s “Transformation,” the Lewes Library Performance Series

October 30 @ 7:00 pm

Mary Shelley’s “Transformation”: Saturday, October 30 | 7:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person 

Just in time for Halloween, Shelley’s macabre and sinister short story, Transformation is read by Dr. James Keegan. Discussion to follow reading. 

“Join us for a reading of Mary Shelley’s “Transformation” by Dr. James Keegan.
Shelley’s short story “Transformation” was first published in The Keepsake in 1831. Guido, the narrator, tells the story of his encounter with a strange, misshapen creature when he was a young man living in Genoa, Italy, around the turn of the fifteenth century. He makes a deal with the creature to exchange bodies, but the creature does not reappear at the appointed time to take his own body back. This macabre, sinister, and supernatural tale is a masterpiece of Gothic writing.” -https://lewes.lib.de.us/2021/06/24/spoken-word-society-and-shakespeare-festival/

The list of events and resources available at the Lewes Public Library astounds! Lectures, workshops, author presentations and performances. Children’s programming, book clubs – and even a financial education series. The library’s calendar is almost overwhelming. 

Here, we focus on the Lewes Library’s Performance Series, the Spoken Word Society and Shakespeare Festival. Don’t let the Shakespeare reference fool you – it’s symbolic for the most part, although there are some events that involve Shakespeare readings and performances. As for the spoken word, literary works are performed and discussed, bringing stories to life. 

These events are free, but reservations are required for certain programs, so it’s wise to do a little browsing on the library’s web site to be sure. 

OTHER UPCOMING PERFORMANCES for the remainder of 2021 include the following.

Ars Shakespearica: The Art of Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet: Monday, November 8 | 6:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person 

Sure to be one of the most sought after reservations, this unique performance by Tony Award actor Donald Hicken goes a step further. The audience gets to join in on the reading! This event is a collaboration between the library and the Classic Theatre of Maryland. 

Truman Capote’s “A Thanksgiving Visitor”: Friday, November 19 | 7:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person 

Popular storytelling duo Suzanne Savoy and Jack Herholdt perform a rendition of Capote’s heartwarming coming of age story. Scholars believe this story, and its companion (see below), is as autobiographical as Capote ever was. To pre-read both of these short stories in one book, the library, as well as Browseabout Books carries this gift-worthy book. 

Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory”: Saturday, November 20 | 7:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person 

Back to back performance of Capote’s seasonal favorite that continues to explore his storytelling from the eyes of seven-year-old Buddy. This Christmas story reenactment event will be repeated closer to the holiday on Friday, December 17th at 7 PM. 

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”: Friday, December 10 | 7:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person 

Don’t miss the chance to see the performance by Gerald Dickens, the great great grandson of Charles Dickens. Captivating audiences all over the world with his talents, and performing in major venues, actor, writer and producer Gerald Dickens will act out a rendition of A Christmas Carol as 30 different characters! 

Make those reservations and don’t miss out on Lewes Library’s unique and exceptional offerings to the public. As you can see, libraries are not just about books! 



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