February 19, 2018
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Marathon reading of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Farnsworth

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Reading "Oz" will be Everyman Repertory Theatre’s (from left to right) Jennifer Hodgson, Paul Hodgson, David Troup and (not pictured) John Burstein.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Farnsworth Art Museum will present the Everyman Repertory Theatre’s marathon reading of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the museum library. Stop in and listen for as long as you would like.

To mark the final weekend of the exhibition “The Wonderful World of Oz: Selections from the Willard Carroll/Tom Wilhite Collection,” the Farnsworth invites everyone to the museum’s library for a dramatic reading of the unabridged novel “The Wizard of Oz.” During this non-stop, daylong reading, company members will bring the book to life through dramatizations and narration.

Despite the fact that L. Frank Baum’s novel, first published in 1900, is one of the most popular stories in America, relatively few people have actually read the book. Listeners expecting rainbows, Munchkin songs, and wicked witches with burning brooms will get some of these, but will also find a complex country populated with mocking Hammerhead men, dainty people made out of china, and fierce monsters with heads of tigers and bodies of bears. Dorothy and her companions – Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, and the Cowardly Lion, each seeking his or her heart’s desire, still wander through Oz.

The Everyman Repertory Theatre, whose motto is “Collaboration. Creation. Catharsis,” is a not-for-profit professional theatre company based in Camden, committed to bringing live theater to the people of the Midcoast.

Fresh off of their acclaimed production of John Logan’s “Red,” their 2014 season will include a late June production of Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” in September, and in November, they will present “As It Is in Heaven” by Arlene Hutton, in conjunction with the Farnsworth Art Museum’s upcoming exhibition “The Shakers: From Mt. Lebanon to the World.”

More information on their upcoming productions is available at www.everymanrep.org

The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s role in American art. It offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 15,000 works in the collection. The Farnsworth has one of the largest public collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson, while its Wyeth Center features works of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. The National Register-listed Farnsworth Homestead, the Olson House, a National Historic Landmark, and Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists complete the museum complex. Please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org for more information on current exhibitions, programs and events.