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Asolo, Verizon Foundation Team for Beyond the Book

Jacob Coakley • Industry News • April 11, 2007

SARASOTA, FL — Asolo Repertory Theatre and the Verizon Foundation are collaborating on a project called Beyond the Book. This is the first partnership between the two. Beyond the Book has been developed to promote literacy and encourage reading through events and promotion.

In October of 2006, Asolo Rep, in cooperation with several local organizations, agencies, libraries and bookstores launched this project meant to inspire reading, literacy and community connection on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The 2007 selection is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, which will run in conjunction with the community wide literary project. After reading the book, the community is invited to delve further into its ideas and themes by participating in events happening throughout the area. Events include seeing the stage production, joining a book discussion group, viewing various film adaptations and many others.

Beyond the Book is sponsored by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice, the Verizon Foundation and Asolo Repertory Theatre. Corporate media sponsors are Comcast and The Sarasota Herald-Tribune in addition to various foundations, corporations and individuals.

Pride and Prejudice runs from March 23 to May 6, 2007.

More information is available at www.BeyondtheBookFL.org.

Pictured above: the Asolo interior

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