REGINA TAYLOR, AWARD-WINNING ACTOR, DIRECTOR AND PLAYWRIGHT,
VISITS WOODSON REGIONAL LIBRARY TO DISCUSS HER LATEST PLAY
You can meet award-winning actor, director, playwright and Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate Regina Taylor at the Woodson Regional Library when the Chicago Public Library opens its doors and welcomes her for a discussion about “Stop.Reset.”
The play is the latest endeavor of a long list of fabulous works to add to her body of plays while an Artistic Associate over the last 20 years. Not only written by Ms. Taylor but directed as well, Stop.Reset., is a progressive take on a very real and modern dilemma faint the publishing industry. The question of how to integrate the ‘old school’ values and function of reading, the importance of literature, respect for history and its significance, the purpose of script, words and ability to read and write all collide with the technical digital age. It is currently running at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. The questions that Ms Taylor poses through Stop.Reset., are evocative and stirring, those that our newspapers, magazines and book publishers face daily. It’s not over and its upon us so aggressively as technology changes are constant and ever evolving affecting how we communicate, share and pass on knowledge and information in the world today.
Come hear her share insights and by all means go see the play. The free event takes place on Tuesday, June 9, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted St. All lovers of books, technology and theater are encouraged to come out and meet Ms. Taylor and explore the website http://www.stopreset.org, featuring creative video responses from community leaders and students about her latest production.
The innovative, ground-breaking play Stop.Reset., asks powerful questions of legacy, identity and survival in a world where the real and the virtual are more closely tied than we think. The drama focuses on Chicago businessman Alex Ames, who is concerned the rise of e-books and digital technologies may soon force him to shut down his long-standing African-American book publishing company. While his employees fret over losing their jobs, Ames finds unlikely inspiration from a mysterious teenager, whose inventive, forward-thinking ideas may provide the solution to preserving Ames’ legacy.
Since 1873, the Chicago Public Library (CPL) has encouraged lifelong learning by welcoming all people and offering equal access to information, entertainment and knowledge through innovative services and programs, as well as cutting-edge technology. Through its 80 locations, the Library provides free access to a rich collection of materials, both physical and digital, and presents the highest quality author discussions, exhibits and programs for children, teens and adults. CPL received the Social Innovator Award from Chicago Innovation Awards; won a National Medal for Library Services from the Institute for Museum and Library Services and was ranked number one in the U.S. and third in the world by an international study of major urban libraries conducted by the Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf in Germany.
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