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Library hosts a recitation from memory of Eliot's 'Four Quartets'

Jan 09, 2020
John Farrell

Rockland — John Farrell, Artistic Director of Figures of Speech Theatre in Freeport, will perform a recitation from memory of T.S. Eliot’s renowned "Four Quartets" at the Rockland Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m.

First undertaken in 2011 with permission — rarely granted — from Eliot’s estate, John Farrell’s recitation of "Four Quartets" affords audiences an opportunity to immerse themselves in Eliot’s literary masterpiece, a complex, deeply moving meditation on time, memory and experience itself. Farrell has performed the poems throughout the U.S. and Canada.

“Unlike encountering the poems on the page,” said Farrell, “hearing them spoken from memory brings people a complex and nuanced work in a very direct way. At the same time, I bring an actor's sensibility to the text and a commitment to delivering the poems in a way that allows the poetry to speak for itself.”

Figures of Speech Theatre, co-founded by Farrell and his wife, Carol, has toured the world for more than 35 years with original works created at the intersection of drama, poetry, sculpture and dance.

Farrell’s recitation will be presented in Rockland Public Library’s Community Room, 80 Union St. An informal conversation with Farrell will follow. For more information, call 594-0310.

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