Wednesday, March 12, 2008

BPL@Night Presents Muse of Fire: Shakespeare at Sloss

photo from muse of fire production
Sylvester Little Jr. as King Henry in Muse of Fire's
spring 2007 production of King Henry V

The Birmingham Public Library is excited to bring back the popular acting troupe Muse of Fire for its March BPL@Night. They will be performing scenes from Macbeth, the play currently in production and featured in its entirety at Sloss Furnaces on May 3-4. The Muse of Fire is a self-described deconstructed Shakespeare project held at Sloss Furnaces. They use the surroundings of this historic facility and perform within its unconventional setting. It is a “guerilla style of theater” and audience participation is encouraged and even expected.

Elizabeth Hunter is the founder and serves as the director of this unique experience. She has an extensive background in New York and Michigan, having both studied and directed in these locations. She recently won the 2007 Pauline Ireland Grant to Individual Artists.

On Thursday, March 20th 2008, Muse of Fire will entertain the library audience with a preview of its upcoming Macbeth production in a most unique location, the Atrium of the Downtown Library. This is the second year that Muse has performed in the Atrium, last year being a huge success. This year’s library performance is sure to please, as the Muse of Fire is bringing belly dancers, bagpipers, and all of its enthusiasm. The library encourages everyone to attend this exciting event.

Event Details
Where: Birmingham Public Library's Central Atrium
When: Thursday, March 20
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served.

BPL@Night is made possible, in part, by the Jefferson County Commission through the Jefferson County Community Arts Fund administered by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham, and by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

BPL thanks Compass Bank for its generous support of BPL@Night.

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