The Woods Hole Public Library will present the next Story Hour for Grownups on Sunday, December 14, at 3 pm, in its Ratcliffe Room, which houses its extensive theater and performing arts collection. (During the month of December, the larger Community Room is the site of the Library’s annual Holiday Book Sale.) Doors will open at 2:00 for the benefit of Story Hour audience members who also want to shop for books, but everyone is encouraged to arrive early as space in the Ratcliffe Room will be limited.
Holding Story Hour in the midst of the Library’s theater collection is very apt this year because Frank and Andy Dolan will be presenting the day’s program. Andy Dolan is an actor and playwright. His play, Robert Frost: This Verse Business, won the 2010 Eventide Arts Festival’s Kaplan Prize, has been performed in seven states, and stars Emmy-winning actor Gordon Clapp. In 2010, Andy played Buckminster Fuller in Fuller on Less for the 2010 Woods Hole TED-X event.Andy will open Story Hour with two pieces by Dylan Thomas, the poem “Fern Hill” and excerpts from the prose piece, “A Visit to America.”
Frank Dolan was a theatre and film critic at three Boston radio stations for 20 years. He played the male lead on the Emmy winning Boston television show The Baxters, and was the host of WBZ TV’s Yankee Magazine. On stage he has played the title roles in Tartuffe, Volpone, and Charley’s Aunt, among many others. For Story Hour he will read Frank O’Connor’s short story “First Confession,” the tale of a seven-year-old boy who must make his first confession before taking his first communion. His older sister, who accompanies him to church on that fateful day, harangues him mercilessly, convincing him that he has already broken all the commandments.
The readings, which will take place at 3 pm on Sunday, December 14, downstairs in the Woods Hole Public Library’s Ratcliffe Room, are free and open to the public. Doors will open early, at 2:00, offering attendees an opportunity to reserve a seat, visit with friends, and shop for books at the 2014 Holiday Book Sale in the adjacent WHPL Community Room prior to the readings.