Beacon Theatre to Present The Pearl

Staged reading part of Big Read Program

The Beacon Theatre will present a staged reading of John Steinbeck’s The Pearl at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25 as part of the Poughkeepsie Library System’s Big Read Program. The performances are directed by Christine Vittorini.

Steinbeck’s inspiration for the story of pearl diver Kino was a Mexican folk tale from La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, which he heard in a visit to the formerly pearl-rich region in 1940. It is one of his most popular books and has been widely used in high school classes.

Tickets are $5 and available at the door or online at

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