Deep Dish Theater Reading Group – 2013-14 Season – Co-Sponsor: Chapel Hill Public Library

Adventures can be found on the page as well as the stage with Deep Dish Theater’s upcoming Book Club selections. The 2013-14 Season reading slate includes Down the Up Escalator by Barbara Garson, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, and Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.

Complimentary to the theater season, Book Club meets at the Chapel Hill Public Library at 7 p.m. on a Monday during the run of each Deep Dish production for a lively discussion of the chosen books. Led by Evelyn Daniel, former Dean of the UNC School of Information and Library Science, the Book Club events are free and open to the public.

“I always look forward to the Book Club discussions,” said Deep Dish’s Artistic Director Paul Frellick. "While the books are all chosen to enhance the experience of seeing one of our productions, they’re also just great reads, and they always provoke fascinating conversations about both the book and the play we’re producing." The 2013-14 Books:

Down the Up Escalator; How the 99% Live in the Great Recession by Barbara Garson. 2013. September 9, 2013, 7:00 pm, Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room D

From the members of the Pink Slip Club in New York to a California home health-care aide on the eve of eviction to a subprime mortgage broker who still thinks it could have worked, this book presents a sobering picture of what happens to a society when it becomes economically organized to benefit the very rich and the quick-buck speculators. As a consumer-society, the United States expects its citizens to buy the goods and services we produce, but when the rewards of greater productivity don’t trickle down, the system doesn’t work.

This book makes a great companion piece to the Deep Dish Theater production of Good People, a very funny play by David Lindsay-Abaire about a single mother, who is unemployed and facing eviction and who learns that an ex-boyfriend has returned to the old neighborhood so she decides to hit him up for a job. The play will be performed August 23-September 14.

You are welcome to the book discussion whether or not you have seen the play or read the book. Of course having done one or the other or both may make your participation in the discussion more enjoyable.

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel. 2007. November 11, 2013. 7:00 pm. Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room D

A powerful graphic novel-autobiography that describes Bechdel’s childhood experiences and coming-of-age as a woman and a lesbian. In particular she tells of her relationship with a distant father who is an English teacher and proprietor of the local funeral parlor and also a closeted gay person.

This book is paired with the Deep Dish Theater production of A Queer Kiss by Joel Drake Johnson. This is a new play about two high school boys and their parents who are caught in a storm of accusation, recrimination and burgeoning sexuality. It was workshopped by Deep Dish last year and will run from October 25-November 16. You are welcome to the book discussion whether or not you have seen the play or read the book. Of course having done one or the other or both may make your participation in the discussion more enjoyable.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. 2013. March 17, 2014, 7:00 pm. Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room C

Amazon selects this book as one of the top 10 best book of 2013 so far. Ursula Todd, the protagonist, dies and is born again … and again … and again. Each successful life shows how her choices affect her and those around her and even the course of history. One reviewer called the book “an extraordinary feat of narrative ambition, an audacious genre-bender, and a work of literary genius.”

This book was selected to accompany the Deep Dish Theater performance of the play, Arcadia by Tom Stoppard. The play moves back and forth in time between the early 19th century and 1993 when the play was written. Lord Byron is involved as is a precocious teenager, her math tutor and a landscape architect. What is the truth about the past? Is there an ordered plan to the universe? The play runs from Feb. 28 to March 22, 2014.

Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. 2011. May 19, 2014, 7:00 pm. Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room C.

Long ago a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. Summer has lasted for decades but winter is coming. Seven kingdoms do battle with knights and ladies, assassins and spies. Direwolves, vampires and dragons menace the world. This book is the first in a set of six. This award-winning best-selling fantasy book series has been made into a television series as well.

This book was selected to accompany the classic play, Life is a Dream by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, 1935 which is the Deep Dish final production of the 2013-2014 season. The play is a philosophical allegory on the human situation, the mystery of destiny, the illusory nature of existence and the struggle between predestination and free will. It is considered one of the most outstanding Spanish dramas of all time.






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