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    How Do You Spell Hope?

    Presented by Central Square Theater at Central Square Theater

    February 13 - March 1, 2009


    How Do You Spell Hope?

    Underground Railway Theater presents How Do You Spell Hope?, a theatrical experience for the whole family based on true stories of people who overcame great obstacles to learn to read, playing at the Central Square Theater Friday, February 13 through Sunday, March 1. Written by Melinda Lopez and directed by Underground Railway Theater Artistic Director Debra Wise, How Do You Spell Hope? tells the stories of the road to literacy for a Cambridge high school athlete with severe dyslexia, Frederick Douglass, and a Latina immigrant who learns to read English - all woven together by puppets and actors in a world of giant pop-up books. The cast features award winning Boston area actors Vincent E. Siders and Ramona Alexander, as well as puppeteer Penny Benson. There will be conversations with special guest authors, the playwright, and the actors following select performances (see list below). The special guest authors include Gregory Maguire, who wrote "Wicked," the inspiration for the blockbuster Broadway musical of the same name - a show that is now playing in nine cities across the globe. His recent books have all been New York Times bestsellers: "Son of a Witch" and "A Lion Among Men," volumes 2 and 3 in the "Wicked Years," and "What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy." Other authors include Chris Abouzeid ("Anatopsis"), Kathryn Lasky ("The War of the Ember," "The Guardians of Ga'Hoole," "One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin"), and Anita Silvey ("I'll Pass for Your Comrade - Women Soldiers in the Civil War," "100 Best Books for Children" & "500 Great Books for Teens").

    Central Square Theater

    450 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA 02139

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    Admission Info:
    Tickets are priced at $18; $15 for seniors and students with a valid ID, and $12 for children under 12. There are also special family packages that allow patrons to save over 15% on tickets for the whole family. The price of a package for a family of 2 (1 adult and 1 child) is $25 and for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children) is $50. For box office hours, group discounts, and more info call (617) 576-9278 x213.

    General Day and Time Info:
    Performances are Fridays at 7:30 PM with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 PM. There will be additional matinees during school vacation week on Wednesday, February 18 and Thursday, February 19 at 10 AM and 1 PM.

    Join these award-winning authors for post-performance conversations with the whole family:
    2/13 - Chris Abouzeid - from Somerville, author of Anatopsis, a fantasy novel for young adults.
    2/20 - Anita Silvey & Kathryn Lasky - Anita is a professor at Simmons College and St. Michael's College and is author of 100 Best Books for Children and 500 Great Books for Teens. Kathryn writes for both children and young adults, including her well-known series The Guardians of Ga'Hoole.
    2/21 - Melinda Lopez - Playwright
    2/27 - Gregory Maguire - from Concord, author of Wicked and Son of a Witch.

    Phone: (866) 811-4111

    Accessibility Information: Currently, no accessibility information is available for this event.

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