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Bill Oberst to perform at celebration of scifi great Ray Bradbury

Bill Oberst
Mon, 07/15/2019

Come to the Waccamaw Library for a wonder-filled celebration of the life and work of major science-fiction and fantasy writer Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) on August 22, 2019 at 10:00-11:15 a.m., what would have been the author’s 99th birthday. The author’s classic books include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and The Illustrated Man.

To mark the occasion, Emmy-winning actor and Georgetown County native Bill Oberst, Jr. will deliver dramatic readings from Bradbury’s works and discuss why and how he created an acclaimed stage show centered on this iconic American writer, Ray Bradbury Live (forever). Oberst will explore fascinating elements of Bradbury’s life and talk about crucial ideas in the writer’s work—themes still relevant today—including the benefits and perils of technology, censorship, and the search for meaning and hope in a mysterious universe. A Q&A with the audience will follow Oberst’s presentation.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Waccamaw Library (FOWL). While it is free and open to all, because of Oberst’s popularity, FOWL recommends those interested in attending stop by the Friends Center in the Library to pick up a free ticket in order to reserve a seat. The Library is located at 41 St. Paul Place, Pawleys Island. The Friends Center phone is 843-545-3387.

                Oberst is well known for his macabre roles, such as his performances as serial killers on the CBS show “Criminal Minds” and the internet short film sensation Take This Lollipop. He has garnered more than thirty national and international awards, including the inaugural Lon Chaney Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Horror Films, which was presented to him by Lon Chaney’s great-grandson. Yet his career reflects a remarkable range that goes well beyond his mastery of the villain character. His one-man stage performances, for instance, have met with critical esteem, as he has taken on the personae of notable figures, including Mark Twain, Lewis Grizzard, and Jesus of Nazareth. To this list, Oberst has now added Bradbury, and the response to Ray Bradbury Live (forever) thus far has been invigorating. It was the emptiness of L.A. red carpet culture that led Oberst back to a boyhood love—the writings of Bradbury—and stirred him to play the author in this new touring show. During his August 22 talk, Oberst will talk about his three-year journey of working with the Bradbury family and estate to develop the show, and offer readings of some of his personal Bradbury faves.

In addition to the Library presentation, you can catch Ray Bradbury Live (forever) at the Strand Theater in Georgetown on Saturday, July 6, where Oberst will present two performances, at 4:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m., as a fundraiser to help restore the theater’s historic 1941 marquee. The show features Stacy Rabon, one of Oberst’s longtime friends and a fellow Georgetown County resident, in the role of Bradbury’s wife Maggie. Tickets are available online at: https://www.swampfoxplayers.com