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Readers’ Theater Presents The Maltese Falcon At Edmond Library

It’s the stuff that dreams are made of.

It’s a jewel-encrusted statuette of a bird, the creation of crime writer Dashiell Hammett, and its story has been told in books and movies, on TV and radio, and now it’s coming as a live readers’ theater production at the Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard, on Saturday, October 17, at 2:00pm.

“The movie version of ‘The Maltese Falcon’ that we know so well,” said librarian Ronna Davis, “the one with Humphrey Bogart, is actually the third movie version.  The script that the Reduxion Theatre will be working with at the library is a radio play adapted from that third movie.”

Producing shortened radio versions of popular movies was not uncommon during the 1940s.  They served as inducements to get the radio audience to go to see the picture.

The Edmond Library’s presentation of Reduxion Theatre’s reading of “The Maltese Falcon” is produced as part of this year’s Big Read series of events.  The Big Read is an annual program that encourages people in a community to all read the same book and discuss it.  This year’s choice is Hammett’s famous detective story.

“And we couldn’t have a better theater company performing for us,” Davis added.  “Reduxion Theatre produces both classical and contemporary theatre, enriching our cultural climate while attracting artists and audiences from around the world.”

The live readers’ theater production of “The Maltese Falcon” is suitable for teens, adults and seniors.  It is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Edmond Library at 341-9282.

The Big Read is co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Library System, Rose State College, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.