John Farrell, artistic director of Figures of Speech Theatre in Freeport, will perform a recitation from memory of T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets” at Rockland Public Library on Thursday, January 23, at 6:30 p.m. An informal conversation with Farrell will follow.

First undertaken in 2011 with permission — rarely granted — from Eliot’s estate, Farrell’s recitation gives audiences an opportunity to immerse themselves in the work, which is a complex meditation on time, memory and experience. He has performed the work throughout the U.S. and Canada.

“Unlike encountering the poems on the page,” says Farrell, “hearing them spoken from memory brings people a complex and nuanced work in a very direct way. At the same time, I bring an actor’s sensibility to the text and a commitment to delivering the poems in a way that allows the poetry to speak for itself.”

Figures of Speech Theatre, founded by Farrell and his wife, Carol Farrell, has toured the world for more than 35 years with original works created at the intersection of drama, poetry, sculpture and dance.

For more information, phone 594-0310.