May 22, 2005


The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury
Sam Weller

Above and Beyond – A recent weekday evening. The crowded auditorium in the Harold Washington Library. After a musical prelude by keyboardist Kirk Brown and welcoming remarks from Columbia College’s Randall Albers, Booklist’s Donna Seaman interviews the glib, charming Sam Weller on stage. Four local actors – Tom Mula, Paul Amandes, Doreen Feitelberg and Will Casey – present selections from three Bradbury works with near-perfect precision. And then a “conference call” with Bradbury himself – at 85, he doesn’t travel much from California. Sam Weller sits beneath the white lights on the wide, empty stage and Bradbury’s voice emanates from the rafters like God. And of what does Bradbury speak? Love.

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