Current Programs Fall 2021

Becoming Muhammad Ali, by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander

Living Literature, now celebrating its 25th year, presents a 30 minute, readers theatre version of Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander, the Kids Reading Across Rhode Island’s 2021 book selection. Before he was a household name, Cassius Clay was a kid with struggles like any other. Kwame Alexander and James Patterson, two heavy-hitters in children’s literature, join forces to vividly depict his life up to age seventeen in both prose and verse, including his childhood friends, struggles in school, the racism he faced, and his discovery of boxing. 

Stamped, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Living Literature presents a 30 minute, readers theatre version of STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism, and You, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, Reading Across Rhode Island’s 2021 book selection.  It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers.

Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, by Elizabeth Rush

Reading Across RI 2020 chose Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, by Elizabeth Rush, for it’s statewide read and Living Literature again created a presentation to supplement the reading experience for this signature program of the Rhode Island Center for the Book.  Two performers will recreate the voices and events of this non fiction book in a 45 minute readers theatre experience. Rising documents the people, communities and ecosystems impacted by sea level rise, and is both a highly original work of lyric reportage and a haunting meditation on how to let go of the places we love.

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