In conjunction with the community-wide reading initiative, “Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page,” Fort Bend County Libraries will present a Reader’s Theater performance of passages from the 2012 book selection, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, on Saturday, October 6, beginning at 2:00 pm, in the Meeting Room of George Memorial Library,1001 Golfview in Richmond.
Students of Main Street Theater’s Education Department will present a 30-minute staged reading of excerpts from the novel. The students are under the direction of Troy Sheid and Jonathan Gonzalez.
The novel Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, written by Jonathan Safran Foer, was published in 2005, and soon became a New York Times bestseller. It was made into a movie in 2012, starring Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow, and Thomas Horn. The story is based in New York City after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11. Oskar Schell is a nine-year-old boy whose father was killed in the attack. Upon finding a mysterious key that belonged to his father, Oskar sets out on a seemingly impossible mission to learn the meaning and purpose of the key. He meets survivors of all sorts during his quest, which alternates between exhilarating, affecting, sometimes hilarious, and ultimately healing.
Fort Bend County Libraries joins a number of libraries, schools, colleges, museums, bookstores, and other organizations in the Gulf Coast region for the “Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page” reading initiative to restore reading to the center of American culture. Communities around the area are encouraged to come together to read and discuss one book.
The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.