They call it “Literature to Life .” The definition: bringing a book to life on the stage using one actor doing dramatic readings of verbatim passages from the book. The concept was developed by the American Place Theatre in New York City and designed for middle and high school students.
The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, Connecticut, has taken the concept to a higher level. During the current 2007-08 season The Bushnell has chosen five books from the L to L roster and turned them into performances for adults. The series began last October with Richard Wright’s searing memoir, Black Boy .
It ends with a series of performances beginning on June 23 of Tim O’Brien’s masterful The Things They Carried , a series of interconnected Vietnam War short stories featuring a character named Tim O’Brien.
Tickets are on sale now. For more info, go to http://bushnell.org