The Central Arkansas Library System and the Arkansas Literary Festival will collaborate with The Weekend Theater to celebrate Banned Books Week with Clockwork Doll on Sunday, September 22, at 6:30 p.m. This one-night only collage features scenes from two plays: Nora, an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House; and a stage version of the dystopian novella A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.
A brief reception will follow the presentation, which is free and open to the public. Seating is limited at The Weekend Theatre, 1001 W. 7th Street, so patrons are urged to arrive early. Clockwork Doll is sponsored by the Fred K. Darragh Jr. Foundation.
A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen, was written in 1879. The seminal drama challenged Victorian ideals and is considered by many to be one of the first feminist plays. It was banned in Britain with requests to "change the ending." Ibsen's play was also banned in Germany. Ingmar Bergman's adaptation, Nora, was first staged in the 1980s.
A Clockwork Orange, published in 1962, led to the arrest of a bookseller in Utah, who was forced to relocate, according to the American Library Association. The book has also been removed from certain Colorado, Massachusetts, and Alabama schools over the years. Stanley Kubrick's 1971 film version with Macolm McDowell has also been considered controversial.
Both works of literature have been banned or challenged, and are part of The Weekend Theater's fall season. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, the week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books, according to the American Library Association. For more information on Clockwork Doll call (501) 918-3098.
The Weekend Theater, a nonprofit theatrical community that produces socially significant plays for the Central Arkansas community, will produce both full length plays in the fall. Performance dates for Nora are October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, and 19; and A Clockwork Orange runs November 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16. For information about the full productions or to purchase tickets visit www.weekendtheater.org or call (501) 374-3761.