An evening with Shakespeare |

An evening with Shakespeare

staff report

What better way to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s sonnets and National Library Week than with an evening of readings of some of Shakespeare’s sonnets? The Friends of the Summit County Libraries presents this free evening of readings by Patrick McWilliams at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Main Library in the County Commons.

Over the years, Shakespeare wrote 152 sonnets and while they are all wonderful, when they are read in a series, they present a wonderful story. McWilliams has chosen 27 of the most famous sonnets and organized them so they tell a story.

“When the sonnets are read this way, they present a portrait of a man in doubt, of a man in love,” McWilliams said. “My aim is to present the sonnets so people can hear how wonderful they are and hopefully will go on to read more.”

McWilliams readings will be interspersed with commentary so the audience can put them in context. He will take questions at the end.

The performance is free, but donations are appreciated and help the Friends of the Libraries purchase books and other supplies. For more information, call (970) 668-5555.

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