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Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.

Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.

And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;

And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.
- Khalil Gibran

We begin this year's Reading Group with Stephen Karam's 2011 Pulitzer-nominated, comic-drama: 'Sons of the Prophet'.

The sudden death of their father forces brothers Joseph and Charles Douaihy to fend for themselves in the working class town of Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Also in their charge now, an aging uncle in need of care. The Douaihys are distantly related to Lebanese American poet and philosopher Khalil Gibran, whose famous book 'The Prophet' has passages which reverberate throughout the play. Karam's writing is surprisingly (and uncomfortably) funny too.

The Howland Company Reading Group is a free event held in and around the last Monday of every month. Anyone is welcome to drop by, cold-read a part in the chosen play (copies are provided and roles are assigned and switched around on the fly) and get the opportunity to engage in discussion, and meet people in the community!

It will occur on Monday January 30th, 7:00PM @ Hub 14: 14 Markham Street (Queen and Bathurst). Come and join us!

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