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Live! from the Library: The WWI Armistice Centennial – A Commemoration in Poetry and Song
November 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A fitting tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, the “war to end all wars.” World War One saw an unprecedented outpouring of literature responding to the war, particularly in poetry, each side creating its own unique style and voice. Join local performance artists Mark Jordan, Rhonda Taylor, and Rob Seitelman for a presentation that will include, within an overview of the conflict, performance of poetry written by soldiers from the British Empire, Ireland, France, Germany, Eastern Europe and America. The words of those at home, particularly the women, will also be represented, as will songs relating to the impact of the war. REGISTER>
A long-time Walnut Creek resident, Mark Jordan is an experienced actor, teacher, and avid history and literature buff. He has lectured on the Lewis and Clark Expedition at the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation’s annual meeting, at the Library and for the San Ramon Historical Society. He recently taught on this subject at the Osher Life Long Learning Institute at Cal State East Bay, and will be teaching the Expedition at the University of South Carolina Beaufort campus for their OLLI Program. He trained at several leading arts institutions based in London, including the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Rhonda Taylor has made Pleasanton her home for the past 24 years. By day she is a sensory panelist (fancy terminology for food taster) at Eurofins Scientific and by night you may find her performing on stage as an actress or singer. Rhonda has been active in community theater for 20 years having performed in numerous plays and musicals. She is also a lead singer for the 80s cover band “Take Cover” and the classic rock band “The Pushbacks”!
Rob Seitelman is an actor, writer, and director who has appeared locally at the American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Willows, and Berkeley Playhouse. He also spent a decade running theatre programs in high schools across the Bay Area and now devotes most of his time to increasing equity in education and his family.
Live! from the Library, produced by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation, features free public lectures, literary events, and cultural programs at the Walnut Creek and Ygnacio Valley libraries. Program sponsors are the East Bay Times, Friends of the Walnut Creek Library, and Minuteman Press, Lafayette. Programming is also made possible by donations to the Foundation’s Annual Fund. View past programs on our Video page. Contra Costa TV airs past programs Sundays at 8 p.m. Visit their website for channel info.