Literature Live is a 2-hour participatory educational theater and literacy program for secondary students (6-12 grades) produced by Boulder’s Local Theater Company. In 2017, the program will premiere Home in the Heart: An Adaptation for Students of Sandra Cisneros's "The House on Mango Street" at Boulder Public Library’s Canyon Theater. School group bookings are now being accepted.

Each performance includes:

Introduction to the Boulder Public Library
Upon arrival, the students will be taken on a tour of the library, highlighting the resources and programs available specifically for teens.

Pre-show Discussion
Upon entering the Canyon Theater, students are introduced to the book, author and themes to be explored, followed by a discussion of live theater and the power of the audience.

45-minute live performance of Home in the Heart: An Adaptation for Students of Sandra Cisneros's "The House on Mango Street".

Post-show Conversation
A discussion and poetry writing activity designed to increase comprehension of the book’s themes and inspire students to recognize a personal connection to the story. Student volunteers will be encouraged to share their poems on stage. The program concludes with a question and answer session with the actor. This session provides students with insights into the craft of theater and the discipline and training needed to pursue a career. In addition, students are curious to learn about the connection between the book’s subject matter and the actor’s personal experience.

Teacher Resource Materials
Each participating teacher receives a resource guide that includes introductory information about the book performed, as well as discussion, writing and theater activities to be used in the classroom before and after the performance.

Book your school group today... for free!
The pilot of Literature Live is offered at no cost to the schools. Schools will need to provide transportation to and from the Boulder Public Library’s Central Library. To book seats for a school group, click the BOOK NOW button at right.

Why “The House on Mango Street”?

It directly addresses the experiences of Latino students in BVSD (approximately 28.5%).

  1. It is a book that members of our Teacher Advisory Committee are either currently teaching or are interested in adding to their curriculum.
  2. Cisneros’ mastery of poetic language in both English and Spanish, is simultaneously accessible to students reading below grade-level, and heightened enough to engage advanced readers.
  3. It ignites thought and conversation in all audiences on the subjects of identity and exclusion.

Adapted from THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET. Copyright © 1984 by Sandra Cisneros. Published by Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House, New York, and in hardcover by Alfred A. Knopf in 1994. By permission of Susan Bergholz Literary Services, New York. All rights reserved.

Home in the Heart: An Adaptation for Students of Sandra Cisneros's "The House on Mango Street"

Canyon Theater
Boulder Public Library

Public Performance
Wednesday, February 8 at 6pm

School Performances
Wednesday, February 1 at 10am
Thursday, February 2 at 10am
Friday, February 3 at 10am

Wednesday, February 8 at 10am
Thursday, February 9 at 10am
Friday, February 10 at 10am