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“Page & Stage” Program from Anoka County Library and Lyrics Arts Theater: Picnic

Date: Dec 17th, 2013

Anoka County Library, in partnership with the Lyric Arts Theater, is pleased to offer a “Page & Stage” performance of Picnic on Sunday, January 19th, beginning at 12:00 p.m. at the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage.  Lyric Arts Theater is located at 420 E. Main Street in Anoka. 

Participants will receive a copy of the script and a study guide to prepare for the pre-show discussion.  Lyric Arts staff will facilitate the discussion of the script, its characters, and “what to look for” in the performance.  Participants will enjoy the performance of Picnic and then stay for a post-show discussion where the cast and director hold a question and answer session with the audience.

“The opportunity to dive into these great works is truly an extraordinary experience that shouldn’t be missed for fans of great literature,” said Anoka County Commissioner Carol LeDoux.

On Labor Day weekend, a handsome drifter with a troubled past wanders into a small Kansas town. His unexpected presence and animal vitality stir up some long buried emotions amongst the woman of this once peaceful community, starting a chain reaction that causes Madge Owens to consider gambling her potential marriage to a wealthy boyfriend for a chance at true love with a rebellious and sensitive stranger.

Picnic is William Inge’s greatest work, a portrait of small-town life in America’s heartland and winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

“Examine a classic of American theater in this performance of Picnic,” said Library Board Vice President Melanie Keister.  “Enhance your play-going experience with the in depth discussions both before and after the show.”

The program is open to ages 15 and older.  Registration is required and seating is limited.  To register for this free event, contact Lyric Arts’ Education Director Cassandra Proball at 763-233-0804 or and mention the Anoka County Library “Page and Stage” program.  Participants must register by January 10th and are expected to take part in all aspects of the program, including pre-show and post-show discussions.

This event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  For more information about Lyric Arts Theater, visit  For more information about this program and Anoka County Library, visit