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Tempe actors age 55+ to perform free verse adaptation of Voices from Spoon River at Tempe Public Library

Post Date:10/09/2018 8:00 AM

A group of amateur actors ages 55 and up will tackle the issues of small-town America in a unique adaptation of Edgar Lee Master’s book, Voices from Spoon River. The performance will feature a collection of short, free verse poems that follow the characters of the book’s fictional town. The show is on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Tempe Public Library, Meeting Room A. It is free to attend and open to the public. Registration is not required.

The poetic monologues will be performed by a group called Under the Sun Players. The members, who are all over age 55, met during a theater workshop series called Readers Theater, which was part of the Creative Aging grant received by the Tempe Public Library. The workshops ended but their friendships and interest in performing did not. Several participants continued their meetings and spent more than a year adapting and rehearsing more than 30 poems from Voices from Spoon River. Some actors will portray up to four characters in the performance.

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