2018 Competitive Grants
Join three Madison-area African American writers - poet Fabu, novelist Sherry Lucille, and playwright and novelist Catrina Sparkman - as they discuss their poetry and prose in relation to the work of three African American literary giants who also lived and worked in the Madison area during the 20th century: novelist Jean Toomer, playwright Lorraine Hansberry, and poet Sarah Webster Fabio. Experience poetry, prose, and drama that will shed light on what it means to be African American in Wisconsin today, yesterday, and tomorrow through a multimedia presentation about the work and lives of these literary artists and their interpretations of race in Wisconsin.
Participating Libraries: Alicia Ashman I DeForest I Fitchburg I Lakeview I Middleton I Pinney I Waunakee
Forward Theater brings the written word of plays to audiences through performances of locally-produced monologues and Play Clubs. During the monologue performances, the audience will have the opportunity to discuss contemporary social, economic, racial, and cultural issues that these monologues have been written to address, through familiar subjects such as love, food, community, and censorship. Play Club is part book club, part performance experience. This program presents the opportunity to explore a play in depth through guided discussion, performance of scenes, and discussion with directors and actors. Participants will gain a new perspective on what makes a play work and how it is brought to life on stage.
2018 EZ Grant Collaborative Programs
Singers from Four Seasons Theatre explore the art of lyric writing through the work of a master lyricist: Stephen Sondheim. Joins us as we use Sondheim's own words- and performances of his songs- to learn about the lyricist's craft. This program is free and open to the public.
Participating Libraries: Deerfield I DeForest I Fitchburg I McFarland I Middleton I Mount Horeb I Verona