Staged Reading and NEA Big Read

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Arvada Center, Ballroom E
Station Eleven Staged Reading
Directed and adapted for the reading by Lucas H. Reilly

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities launches its NEA Big Read program with bestseller book, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The NEA Big Read is presented in partnership with Jefferson County Public Library, City of Arvada, the Arvada Historical Society, and Regis University.

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

Enjoy this staged reading featuring excerpts from the book performed by actors from the Arvada Center’s Black Box Repertory Company. The reading will be followed by a moderated discussion about Station Eleven.

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is the only Colorado organization participating in the NEA Big Read this year. From March 16 - April 30 we will celebrate Station Eleven with a full calendar of events including book club discussions and workshops at participating Jefferson County libraries. If your book club would like to participate, please inquire at the NEA Big Read Table after this reading.

The Actors

  • Lauren Bahlman
  • Annie Barbour
  • Kevin Hart
  • Zayaz Da Camara

“Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel Used by permission of Curtis Brown, Ltd. Copyright 2014 All Rights © reserved.

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About the NEA Big Read

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of the world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.

The Arvada Center, being the only recipient of this grant in Colorado, selected Station Eleven because it focuses on how the arts endured post-apocalypse and continued to provide meaning and comfort to those who survived. At the same time, the multi-faceted nature of the novel- from societal collapse and dystopia to comic books and music- appeals to a wide-demographic, making it a good choice for bringing a diverse community together to discuss modern-day themes and anxieties.

For more information about the Big Read and for a full listing of programs, please visit

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NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest

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