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Date(s) - Monday, February 3, 2020
11:00 am

First Unitarian Church of Providence


The Power of Sharing Literature Aloud

Speaker: Barry Press

Living Literature, a collective of Rhode Island–based artists and educators, creates reader’s theater–style presentations to dramatize nondramatic writing. Since January 1996, Living Literature has created well over 100 programs based on poems, stories, novels, plays, essays, biographies, news articles, and oral histories in a variety of venues throughout southeastern New England. Barry and his partner will share excerpts from some of their past programs.

Barry Press, founder and artistic director of Living Literature, has an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. He is a professional actor/director/teacher of over 40 years, an award-winning audiobooks voice talent, and a guest artist and teaching associate at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English for 18 years, Barry is a past president of the Rhode Island Center for the Book.


Established in 1882 and incorporated in 1904. the Women’s Alliance has, since 2014, been affiliated with the First Unitarian Church of Providence. The mission continues to be to serve the community, both locally and at large; to provide friendship and spiritual and cultural stimuli for its members, and to support the church and its denomination.

The Alliance meets on the first Monday of the month from October through May, with an annual outing in June. Monthly programs, which are open to the community, feature inspiring speakers followed by a delicious optional luncheon ($10).

Membership dues ($35) support the programs and business expenses of the Alliance; all fundraising profits after expenses benefit selected charitable organizations that support women and families. The Alliance conducts fundraiser throughout the year such as selling organic coffee and cheese, and a night at the theater event. Their major fundraising event of the year is an annual “Antiques and Uniques” indoor sale. The Alliance also partners with the residents of the Tockwotton Courtyard Memory Unit for a garden project.

Contact: Gail Brule, Alliance President gailbrule@gmail.com