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Staged Play Reading by The Theater Project
May 16, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Cranford Community Center 220 Walnut Avenue

Members of the Theater Project will present a staged reading of "We Pray Together," a new play by Charles E. Denk. The play is set in the early 19th century era of religious revivalism. One American farming village has evolved a novel merger of church and state: trial by prayer. A young mother struggles with depression after the birth of her first child, who mysteriously disappears. Information supplied by various village characters leads the sheriff to charge the mother with abandonment. The village magistrate feels compelled to preserve legality and compassion in the face of the sheriff’s faith-based methods. How might these competing values, the rule of law versus community religious beliefs, shape the outcome? Charles E. Denk is an amateur singer/actor/playwright. His short plays in festival productions span themes from the sentimental (“Lightning, Twice?”) to noir (“Exhibit This!”) to satirical (“George W. Bush, Commissioner of Baseball”). The Theater Project is an acclaimed, New Jersey-based professional theater group and the winner of two New Jersey Tony Awards. Following the reading, the audience will have the opportunity to discuss the play with the author. Admission is free and all are welcome. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.
While You're Away: Love Songs of World War II
May 20, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Cranford Community Center 220 Walnut Avenue
The Friends of the Cranford Public Library are very pleased to present this concert/lecture featuring Diane Cypkin. The program will feature such classics as “Don’t Sit under the Apple Tree,” “I’ll Walk Alone,” “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” “Yours,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Besame Mucho,” and “I’ll Be Seeing You.” Diane Cypkin has worked in the theatre as both a singer and an actor in shows at the Soho Repertory Theatre, the New York Theatre Workshop, the Jan Hus Playhouse, and the Three Muses Theatre. This will mark Ms. Cypkin’s third visit to Cranford, where she also presented programs on Molly Picon and the Yiddish theatre. She is presently Professor of Media, Communication, and Visual Arts at Pace University. Admission to the program is free and all are welcome.
Books & Bagels
June 06, 2015
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Raddin Room, Cranford Public Library
You are invited to Books & Bagels, a book chat program that takes place monthly on Saturday mornings (except in July and August) from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the library's Raddin Room. The format is simple. Just bring a few of your more recent favorite books and tell the other members of the group what you like about them. The books can be new or old, fiction or non-fiction, classic or contemporary. There is no required reading, and you will have the opportunity to learn about books recommended by other group members. Plus, refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Friends of the Cranford Public Library! Registration is NOT required. Attend as many or as few sessions as you like. For questions about Books & Bagels, contact program coordinator Sally Hanford at 908-709-7272, ext. 2104 or at

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