Tony Award winner and Broadway star Andrea Martin was live at the National Arts Centre Theatre in Ottawa to read aloud Mordecai Richler’s classic children’s story, “Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang” for one special afternoon on Sunday, November 22nd, 2009. The reading, abridged by David S. Craig and presented in association with TD Canadian Children’s Book Week, was part of the NAC English Theatre’s Family 3 series. An exciting event for families, parents also took pleasure watching their children enthralled with Ms. Martin’s exciting reading as young Jacob was brought to life.

Andrea Martin, performer of stage, screen and TV, is possibly best known for her years with the popular SCTV comedy program, where she received two Emmy Awards, has also received much critical acclaim for her stage and screen work, including the hit movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding and receiving Tony nominations for Young Frankenstein, Oklahoma!, Candide and winning a Tony Award for her performance in My Favorite Year.

Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang is the Canadian children’s classic of a little boy who has to say everything twice in order to be heard by his older Brothers and Sisters. But when he finds himself imprisoned by the dreaded Hooded Fang, Jacob learns that small does not mean helpless.

Mordecai Richler, besides being one of Canada’s most famous authors, was an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and essayist. A leading critic called him “the great shining star of his Canadian literary generation” and a pivotal figure in the country’s history witnessed through some of best known works The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Barney’s Version and the Jacob Two-Two series.

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