Villanova Theatre's newest production Michael & Edie (running February 10th-22nd) takes place inside a magical bookstore. Michael and Edie, both clerks in this literary labyrinth, bury themselves in comforting stacks of the world's greatest authors' greatest books in an effort to escape the messiness and complications of their own lives. And that's the beauty of books, isn't it? To lose yourself into vivid worlds built from words and image instead of bricks and mortar. Below, each character in Rachel Bond's deeply affecting coming-of-age literary love story shares their recommendation for the "Staff Pick" bookshelf!
Michael's pick: The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara by Frank O'Hara
TODAY by Frank O'Hara
Oh! kangaroos, sequins, chocolate sodas!
Your really are beautiful! Pearls,
harmonicas, jujubes, aspirins! all
the stuff they've always talked about
still makes a poem a surprise!
These things are with us every day
even on beachheads and biers. They
do have meaning. They're strong as rocks.
Edie's pick: Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
EXCERPT FROM FRANNY AND ZOOEY by J.D. Salinger
"Against my better judgment I feel certain that somewhere very near here - the first house down the road, maybe - there's a good poet dying, but also somewhere very near here somebody's having a hilarious pint of pus taken from her lovely young body, and I can't be running back and forth between grief and high delight."
Ben's pick: The Things they Carried by Tim O'Brien
EXCERPT FROM THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by Tim O'Brien
"Together we understood what terror was: you're not human anymore. You're a shadow. You slip out of your own skin, like molting, shedding your own history and your own future, leaving behind everything you ever were or wanted to believe in. You know you're about to die. And it's not a movie and you aren't a hero and all you can do is whimper and wait."
Sarah's pick: Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
EXCERPT FROM PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky
"I don't know if you've ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that you do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That's why I'm trying not to think. I just want it all to stop spinning."
John's pick: The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
EXCERPT FROM THE SECRET AGENT by Joseph Conrad
"Mr. Verloc, getting off the sofa with ponderous reluctance, ponderous reluctance, opened the door leading into the kitchen to get more air, and thus disclosed the innocent Stevie, seated very good and quiet at a deal table, drawing circles, circles; innumerable circles, concentric, eccentric; a coruscating whirl of circles that by their tangled multitude of repeated curves, uniformity of form and confusion of intersecting lines suggested a rendering of cosmic chaos, the symbolism of a mad art attempting the inconceivable."
With your tall-tale tastebuds whetted, book your tickets now for Michael & Edie, running February 10th-22nd, by visiting www.villanovatheatre.com or by calling our box office at 610-519-7474.