Monday, March 22, 2010

BPL@Night Presents Muse of Fire: Scenes from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Muse of Fire performers
The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is excited to bring back the popular acting troupe Muse of Fire for its April 2010 BPL@Night program series. Scenes from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet will be the focus of the program scheduled for Thursday, April 8, 2010. The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Atrium of the Central Library located at 2100 Park Place.

Muse of Fire, Birmingham’s self-described “deconstructed Shakespeare project,” is known for its “guerilla-style” theater, including unconventional costuming and audience participation. The group will perform Romeo and Juliet in its entirety for the Shakespeare at Sloss Spring Festival production at Sloss Furnaces in May. The unconventional and historic landmark provides an intimate and unusual setting for the troupe’s unexpected interpretations of the Bard of Avon’s masterpieces. This is the fourth year that Muse of Fire has performed at BPL. The previous three years were huge successes. This year’s performance is sure to please as the Muse of Fire brings its innovative and dynamic style to the Library.

To satisfy Birmingham residents’ desire for free enriching cultural programming downtown and in city neighborhoods, and to provide more opportunities for citizens to visit their local library, BPL developed BPL @ Night, a series of evening performances offered free-of-charge at BPL’s Central and branch libraries. The Birmingham Public Libraries that offer the BPL@Night programs attract a diverse audience of community members by presenting a variety of programs highlighting local and regional performers in the various performance arts.

Muse of Fire: Scenes from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Central Library's Atrium
Thursday, April 8
6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Light refreshments will be served

BPL@Night program is made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. BPL would also like to thank the Alabama Power Company Foundation for their generous support of BPL@Night.

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