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Coming in October:

Autumn 2017 Season:

The Rundown:

September 16: (SCL) Elizabeth Iannaci features

September 23: (HRL) Shakespeare Saturday - The Merchant of Venice

September 24: (HRL) Michael Czarnecki and Jerry Garcia feature, with a special Mystery Guest!


September 29: (Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, 90291)  Spoken World Live

October 7: (SCL) Expressions LA is dark for a special Library event.


October 8: (HRL) Lynne Thompson features

October 15: (SCL) An open reading with a featured artist-- stay tuned

October 28: (HRL) Shakespeare Saturday is dark for a special event.

October 29: (HRL) The War of the Worlds

October 30: (SCL) The War of the Worlds

More to come-- Come back soon, and come back often!


See below for more...

The Studio City Public Library:

On July 15, we feature poet Deborah Edler Brown. Expect to know more this Monday!

The Studio City Public Library is located at 12511 Moorpark Street in Studio City, California 91604. 


Their phone number is 818-755-7873 


Hours of Service

Mon: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tues: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Weds: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thurs: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fri: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sat: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sun: Closed
For ADA accommodations, please call 213-228-7430 at least 72 hours prior to the event..

The Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Public Library:

Shakespeare Saturday Table Reading
September 23, 2017

The Merchant of Venice:


Bassanio, a young Venetian of noble rank, wishes to woo the beautiful and wealthy heiress Portia of Belmont. Having squandered his estate, he needs 3,000 ducats to subsidise his expenditures as a suitor. Bassanio approaches his friend Antonio, a wealthy merchant of Venice who has previously and repeatedly bailed him out. Antonio agrees, but since he is cash-poor – his ships and merchandise are busy at sea – he promises to cover a bond if Bassanio can find a lender, so Bassanio turns to the Jewish moneylender Shylock and names Antonio as the loan's guarantor.


Antonio has already antagonized Shylock through his outspoken antisemitism, and because Antonio's habit of lending money without interest forces Shylock to charge lower rates. Shylock is at first reluctant to grant the loan, citing abuse he has suffered at Antonio's hand. He finally agrees to lend the sum to Bassanio without interest upon one condition: if Bassanio is unable to repay it at the specified date, Shylock may take a pound of Antonio's flesh. Bassanio does not want Antonio to accept such a risky condition; Antonio is surprised by what he sees as the moneylender's generosity (no "usance" – interest – is asked for), and he signs the contract. With money at hand, Bassanio leaves for Belmont with his friend Gratiano, who has asked to accompany him.


Gratiano is a likeable young man, but is often flippant, overly talkative, and tactless. Bassanio warns his companion to exercise self-control, and the two leave for Belmont.


All readings are open for the public to attend and/or participate!

The roles available for The Merchant of Venice are:


The Duke of Venice

The Prince of Morocco, suitor to Portia

The Prince of Arragon, suitor to Portia

Antonio, a merchant of Venice

Bassanio, his friend, suitor likewise to Portia

Salanio, Salarino, Gratiano, Salerio, friends to Antonio and Bassanio

Lorenzo, in love with Jessica

Shylock, a rich Jew

Tubal, a Jew, his friend

Launcelot Gobbo, the clown, servant to Shylock

Old Gobbo, father to Launcelot

Leonardo, servant to Bassanio

Balthasar, Stephano, servants to Portia

Portia, a rich heiress

Nerissa, her waiting maid

Jessica, daughter to Shylock

Magnificoes of Venice, Officers of the Court of Justice, Gaoler, servants to Portia

To sign-up for a role you may:

      * Drop by the Information Desk at the Hollywood Library (1623 N. Ivar Ave., in Hollywood) to sign-up, or 

      * use the online form below!

All readings are free for participants and audience alike!

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The Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Library is located at 1623 N. Ivar Avenue in Hollywood, California 90028.

Their phone number is 323-856-8260.




Hours of Service

Mon: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tues: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Weds: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thurs: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Fri: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sat: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sun: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
For ADA accommodations, please call 213-228-7430 at least 72 hours prior to the event..




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