Readings to take "Chosen" around town


Published: Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 12:48 a.m.
The Chosen" is part of the sixth annual One City, One Story project, in which the Hippodrome State Theatre invites everyone in Gainesville to read the same book at the same time while the play runs.
This is the sixth year of the program, which has previously included plays and books such as "The Diary of Anne Frank," and last year's "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings." The program was adapted from a similar one in Seattle called "What if Seattle Read?"
Tammy Dygert, project director for One City, One Story and dramaturg for the Hippodrome, launched the program in Gainesville.
"We always try to find something universal," Dygert says. "People could say 'The Chosen' is a Jewish-themed book, but the themes are really universal."
Staging plays to accompany the readings is unique to Gainesville's program, and many local schools take part, adding the books into the curriculum.
As part of the One City, One Story project, local actors from the University of Florida and several high schools will perform dramatic readings of the play all around town:
  • Tuesday Santa Fe Community College Library, 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday B'nai Israel, 11 a.m.
  • March 9 Oak Hammock, 4:30 p.m. March 16 - Borders Books on Newberry Rd., TBA.
  • March 17 Alachua County Public Library Headquarters, 3 p.m.

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