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Susan Marie Frontczak presents Eleanor Roosevelt Part II - What We Are Fighting For, Sunday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m., at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Tarpon Springs.
TARPON SPRINGS - Eleanor Roosevelt kicks off January's entertainment at venues throughout Tarpon Springs. Other shows include suspense comedy, Ancient Greek/Modern Life and Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac.

- Sunday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m., Susan Marie Frontczak presents Eleanor Roosevelt Part II - What We Are Fighting For, at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Tarpon Springs. Tickets are $18; $16 for members and students.

It is late 1942. Eleanor Roosevelt has just returned from England where she visited with soldiers, generals, royalty, and working people. Find out how the First Lady feels about the individual’s role in a world torn by war, hardship, and uncertainty. The one-hour program consists of a fascinating in-character monologue followed by Q&A first with “Mrs. Roosevelt,” and then with scholar-presenter Susan Marie Frontczak.

- Friday through Sunday, Jan. 18-20 and 25-27, Murder at the Howard Johnson’s By Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick, comes to Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Ave. (Alt. 19) in Tarpon Springs. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $16; $14 for members and students. Opening night tickets are $10 with a complimentary Opening Night Reception for ticket holders hosted by the Chamber of Commerce at Artist Faire Gallery, 111 E. Tarpon Ave., starting at 6:30 p.m.

All’s fair in love? Even murder? That’s the question posed by this light and funny suspense comedy about a love triangle in a Howard Johnson Motor Inn. Mitchell, a dentist who sees himself as the dashing, heroic type meets Arlene, a middle aged femme fatale who’s planning to murder her husband Paul, a blundering used-car salesman. Plenty of laugh lines, sight gags and rapid fire dialogue make this play a hilarious night of comedy.

Two Aquila Theatre Company events are scheduled in January.

- Tuesday, Jan. 22, Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives: Return of the Warrior at Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane.­This special event for veterans includes a staged reading at 2 p.m. and a workshop at 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives: Poetry, Drama and Dialogue is a program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that was created to inspire people to come together to read, see and think about classical literature and how it continues to influence and invigorate American cultural life. The reading includes selections from Greek drama such as Homer’s The Odyssey, Sophocles’ Ajax and others. It is the aim of this grant-sponsored event to bring the community together to understand and appreciate our veterans, and to learn from their experiences in the context of these classical works. After refreshments and a short break, the reading is followed by an interactive workshop.

- Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m., Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Tarpon Springs.

Beautifully funny, poignant and often heart wrenching, Cyrano de Bergerac is one of the most famous romantic adventures in world literature. Cyrano is besotted with the beautiful and alluring Roxanne, and yet, because of his famously huge nose, the forlorn Cyrano feels that he can never truly win her heart and keeps his love as a personal and painful secret. Cyrano enlists the handsome Christian, and helps him woo Roxanne by composing elegant love letters and teaching him the arts of courtship. Living his love vicariously, Cyrano’s passionate adventure unfolds. The New York Times has described Aquila Theater’s productions as “Gleefully engaging…almost unbearable fun…directed with inspiration and a beautiful use of physical humor.”  Cyrano de Bergerac is a wonderful evening of live theatre of the highest caliber.

Tickets are $25; $22 members, $15 students. All ticket holders may come early to the theater to enjoy a pre-performance discussion of Cyrano de Bergerac. 6:30 p.m.

For tickets or more information, Call the box office at 727-942-5605 or visit www.t­arpon­arts.­org.
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