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Friday October 25, 2013

This fall, Piedmont Arts examines the history of literary censorship and the effects of mass media on culture with a theatrical performance and other programs exploring themes from Ray Bradbury's dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451.

451 Cover

Bradbury's book tells the story of a society gone awry. Citizens are obsessed with trivial television shows while firemen work diligently, not to save burning homes, but to seek out and burn books, all of which have been banned to prevent the spread of ideas. Though Bradbury's concept may seem extreme, books have been banned for centuries and are still banned today for varying reasons, including the ideas they promote, the language contained therein or the political views of the author.


Piedmont Arts Director of Programs Barbara Parker says it is important to investigate censorship and the effects of mass media on culture because of the prevalence of disinformation in today's society. "In this age of sensory overload we have to take a step back and think about what we are being told...whether it's true or not and why. It's important to make that distinction. Bradbury's greatest fear was that television would take away our ability to think for ourselves. We hope these programs will encourage people to evaluate what they hear before accepting it as truth."

Fahrenheit 451

 

As the highlight of Piedmont Arts' Fahrenheit 451 programming, Aquila Theatre, New York's premiere traveling theatre company, will bring Bradbury's novel to life with a theatrical performance on Thursday, November 14, as part of Piedmont Arts' On Stage performing arts series. "Aquila brings an innovative, modern touch to Fahrenheit," said Parker. "And the novel was adapted for the stage by Bradbury himself, making it just as engaging as the book." Tickets to Piedmont Arts On Stage presents Fahrenheit 451 are $25 for reserved seats, $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students and are on sale now at Piedmont Arts and online at www.piedmontarts.org. This tour engagement of Aquila Theatre Company is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours programs of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
In addition to the On Stage production of Fahrenheit 451, Piedmont Arts invites the public to learn more about Bradbury's novel through the following programs:

Fahrenheit 451 Essay Contest
Through Nov 8, 2013
Piedmont Arts, 215 Starling Ave, Martinsville, VA
As part of Piedmont Arts' exploration of Fahrenheit 451, Patrick Henry Community College's Writing Center and Piedmont Arts host an essay contest focusing on themes explored in Ray Bradbury's dystopian novel. Only original, typed entries will be accepted. Entries must be delivered to Piedmont Arts by 5 pm on Friday, November 8. Winners will be announced at Piedmont Arts on Tuesday, November 12. For more questions about entering an original essay, contact Barbara Parker at bparker@piedmontarts.org.
Topic: If you could save only one book of fiction from being burned, what it would be and why?
Length: 500 words or less
Categories: Seniors (62+); Adults (31 - 61); Young Adults (18 - 30); High School Students

Fahrenheit 451 Book Discussion
Wednesday, Oct 30 2013, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Collinsville Branch Library, 2540 Virginia Ave, Collinsville, VA
This program has been funded in part by a grant from Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Join Piedmont Arts for The Fate of the Book, a discussion of Ray Bradbury's dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451. This event remains admission free through the membership support of people like you.

Fahrenheit 451 Book Discussion
Monday, Nov 4 2013, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ridgeway Branch Library, 900 Vista View Ln, Ridgeway, VA
This program has been funded in part by a grant from Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Join Piedmont Arts for Media and Escape from Reality, a discussion of Ray Bradbury's dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451. This event remains admission free through the membership support of people like you.

Fahrenheit 451 Book Discussion
Monday, Nov 6 2013, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Bassett Branch Library, 3969 Fairystone Park Hwy, Bassett, VA
This program has been funded in part by a grant from Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Join Piedmont Arts for Technology and the Loss of Human Interaction, a discussion of Ray Bradbury's dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451. This event remains admission free through the membership support of people like you.

Fahrenheit 451 Book Discussion
Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Martinsville Branch Library, 310 East Church St, Martinsville, VA
This program has been funded in part by a grant from Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Join Piedmont Arts for Bradbury's Moral Lesson, a discussion of Ray Bradbury's dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451. This event remains admission free through the membership support of people like you.

Fahrenheit 451 Book Discussion
Monday, Nov 18, 2013, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
FAHI African American Museum & Cultural Center, 211 W Fayette St, Martinsville, VA
This program has been funded in part by a grant from Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Join Piedmont Arts for Apathy and Cultural History - A Generational Divide, a discussion of Ray Bradbury's dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451. This event remains admission free through the
membership support of people like you.

The Influence of Mass Media on Culture in the 21st Century
Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
NCI Classroom Building, 30 Franklin St, Martinsville, VA
This program has been funded in part by a grant from Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Frank Tavares, "The Voice of NPR," will discuss the influence mass media has had on culture in the 21st century. Tavares is the voice of NPR's News underwriters on newscasts including, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, The Diane Rehm Show and Talk of the Nation. This event remains admission free through the membership support of people like you.

Piedmont Arts On Stage presents Fahrenheit 451
Thursday, Nov 14, 2013, 7:00 PM
Martinsville HS Auditorium, 351 Commonwealth Blvd, Martinsville, VA
This tour engagement of Aquila Theatre Company is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours programs of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Piedmont Arts On Stage presents Aquila Theatre in an innovative and modern of Ray Bradbury's visionary parable of a society gone awry. The New Yorker describes Aquila's productions as "The classics made relevant with superb acting and clever staging," while The New York Times exclaims, "The excellent Aquila Theatre, an extraordinarily inventive and disciplined outfit." Tickets available at Piedmont Arts and online at www.piedmontarts.org. $25 Reserved • $18 Adult • $15 Senior • $10 Student

Frank Tavares

 

Book Signing with Frank Tavares
Friday, Nov 15, 2013, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Binding Time Cafe, 1115 Spruce St, Martinsville, VA
Frank Tavares will discuss his book, The Man Who Built Boxes, a collection of short stories that introduces readers to a remarkable cast of complex, quirky characters tangled up in the limits they've put on their lives. Copies of Tavares' book will be available at the talk for $10 each. Tavares is the voice of NPR's News underwriters on newscasts including, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, The Diane Rehm Show and Talk of the Nation. This event remains admission free through the membership support of people like you.

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