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Sunday, 5 July 2020

Mentone Public Library Presents Via Zoom Legends of the Skies Theatre (LOTS) - 7.30pm, Saturday, 18 July 2020

Mentone Public Library's
 
"An Anniversary Celebration for All Seasons" 


Continues its 95th Anniversary 
Festivities Online
with Another Showcase 
in Our
  Zoom Room.
 
This Month We Proudly Present
(LOTS)
&
Meet the Team Behind the Scenes
for Their Re-Envisioned 
Theatre-in-Aviation-History 
Production of
"LOTS 8



Mentone Public Library's
Zoom Room 
is able to Welcome 
97 Guests 
to Each Event.
 
Bookings are Essential.
 
The Zoom Link for This Event 
will be Emailed
48 Hours 
Before its Premiere
to All Who Have Booked.
 
 

TO BOOK:
 
Phone Paul: 0432 950 810

Email Julia:  

Entry: FREE


PLEASE NOTE:
The Zoom Room 
will close promptly at 
8.10pm.
  
      
RSVP: Thursday, 16 July 2020

Venue: Mentone Public Library Zoom Room

Address:
 
Zoom Link to be Sent 
48 Hours 
Before the Event 
to All Who Book


Mentone Public Library 
is Continuing to Liaise with its 
Featured Literary Line-Up for 2020
forAlternative Ways
to Showcase 
Their Talents 
&
Works
During
COVID-19

 
Please Stay Tuned...
 


 
 

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Michael Stromenger's Zoomtastic Return: Mentone Public Library Zoom Review - Saturday, 13 & 20 June 2020




 
There was once a world before COVID-19. 
In this old world, a young, intelligent, 
sensitive and talented writer 
named Michael Stromenger 
lived in Melbourne. 

He was an intern for the Jewish Holocaust Centre
He had presented beautifully 
at Mentone Public Library in 2019 and was preparing to deliver again for us 
in March and April for our 95th birthday celebrations. 
Our late president and dearly missed friend 
Tony Brooker remarked: 
“With that much talent, he has the sky as his only limit.”



Tony's statement proved prophetic, 
because by April 2020, 
Michael was placed on a rescue flight 
back home to Austria, 
as the pandemic reached uncharted heights 
and land mass - seizing Australia too.
...We thought we had lost Michael for good.


Fortunately, through the power of Zoom, 
this was not the case.

Michael was able to find his way back to us 
and bring us to our feet in standing ovation.

Below, our succeeding president reviews the back-to-back showcase that unfolded in the 
Mentone Public Library Zoom Room  
over two Saturday evenings in June...

 
President's Report:
 
Zoom-Chair View:
SHOWCASE ONE:
"The Cigarette Filter"
Review by Our Esteemed 
Mentone Public Library 
President

Visit Paul Karp's Poetry Website at:




 

Congratulations to you Julia on wrangling this Zoom session across continents and international time zones 
(Michael from Austria 11.30am 
to an Australian 7.30pm audience). 



My partner, Michelle, and I enjoyed Michael’s ‘filter/future’ engaging parallel meditative interplay, 
via the usb recording made of the Zoom session 
we viewed on the Wednesday night following the event. 

"No Filter. No Future." A vulnerable moment is shared as the Cigarette Filter ponders the balancing act between giving, giving away and giving in.



Even more mind-bogglingly, time-space-warping was well-known author, George Ivanoff’s Zoom interview session, 
pre-recorded by George, 
but answered in real time by Michael! 



George’s avatar/image obediently froze between each question until Julia, puppet-master-like, reactivated him with a touch of her computer keyboard. 


As a self-confessed sci-fi nerd, George would have loved the time-travelling back to the stop-start future feature of his interview session Julia arranged 
to accommodate his busy schedule. 



It reminds us how technology 
increasingly permits anyone’s dopple-ganger 
to be at more than one place in one time!



Paul Karp

Volunteer
President  
Mentone Public Library 


****
President's Report:

Zoom-Chair View:
SHOWCASE TWO:
"Like You and Me"
Review by Our Esteemed 
Mentone Public Library 
President

Visit Paul Karp's Poetry Website at:




Congratulations again on June 20th's Zoom event.



 I enjoyed Michael’s play 
Like You and Me’.
  The play aired highly visceral issues.

Resonating for me was the drug addict's moment recounting to the social worker the drug overdose suicide of his late girlfriend, Jane.


Revealing she who was pregnant to him, and his suspicion her overdose was catapulted by family opposition to her desire to bear their child. 

It was touching that he sensed her close presence, but sadly only when he was high on drugs. 

His recognition of aspects of Jane in the social worker, who we learn is also coming to terms with a loved one's suicide; her own sister whom she had become estranged from,  
seems to strengthen the bond between worker and client...
 
Veronica as "The Social Worker" & Michael Stromenger as "The Addict"

Though, despite this, 
we remain ever-aware of the 
psychological chess match unfolding between them.

Cr Tamsin Bearsley (far right, bottom row) shares her thoughts on watching the unpredictable twists and turns of the characters' interactions and revelations.

Right to the very end, the viewer is constantly debating who will get check-mate...and who will be checking-out?
The Social Worker (left) consults the audience: Should she indulge the addict and play his psychological game to gain his co-operation at the risk of surrendering herself?

Very strong performances.



Congratulations. 


Paul Karp

Volunteer
President  
Mentone Public Library






Friday, 5 June 2020

Mentone Public Library Presents Via Zoom Emerging Young Writer Michael Stromenger - 7.30pm, Saturday, 13 & 20 June 2020


Mentone Public Library's
 
"An Anniversary Celebration for All Seasons" 


Proudly Takes the Celebrations Online
Opens its Zoom Room 
to Present a Back to Back Showcase 
Across 
Two Saturdays 
Crossing Continents
to Join
 
Emerging Young Writer 
 


Michael will be Debuting Two 
of his Newest Original Works: 
 

Mentone Public Library's
Zoom Room 
is able to Welcome 
97 Guests 
to Each Event.
 
Bookings are Essential.
 
The Zoom Links for Each Event 
will be Emailed to all who Book 
48 Hours 
Before the Premiere
of Each Event.
 

TO BOOK:
 
Phone Paul: 0432 950 810

Email Julia: mentonepubliclibrary@gmail.com

Entry: FREE

 Date 1 - "The Cigarette Filter": Saturday, 13 June 2020 
 
 
Date 2 - "You and Me": Saturday, 20 June 2020       
 
 
Time: 7.30-8pm
  
 
PLEASE NOTE:
The Zoom Room 
will close promptly at 
8.10pm.
  
      
RSVP: Thursday, 11 June 2020

Venue: Mentone Public Library Zoom Room

Address:
 
Zoom Links to be Sent 
48 Hours 
Before Each Event 
to All Who Book


Mentone Public Library 
is Liaising with its 
Featured Literary Line-Up  for 2020
to Find Alternative Means 
to Showcase 
Their Talents 
&
Works
Amidst
COVID-19

 
Please Stay Tuned...