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Library to screen 'The Habit of Art'

Jan 13, 2014 - From staff reports

National Theatre Live's 2010 broadcast of Alan Bennett's acclaimed play "The Habit of Art" will return to cinemas as part of the theater's 50th anniversary celebrations.

The Lander Library, 451 N. Second St., will screen the play at 1 p.m. Saturday. Recommended donations are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Benjamin Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera "Death in Venice," seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend, W. H. Auden. During this imagined meeting, their first in 25 years, they are observed and interrupted by their future biographer and a young man from the local bus station.

Bennett's play is as much about the theater as it is about poetry or music.

The production looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men and at the ethics of biography. It reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and on persisting when all of one's passions are spent.

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