June 10: The “Muse of Fire” evening of poetry last Sunday was a lot of fun! I had a great time touring the world of poetry in our “poetry road trip.” Once I got through the unfortunate violence of the opening (thank you, Homer, Anonymous, and Chris H.), the visit to the poetry store on Colfax, the town of Haiku, and the Romantics’ campfire gathering were delightful, followed by my “interview” with Emily Dickinson and the story of her dog, Carlo. And that was just the first act! Thanks to all the actors, directors, and writers who made this possible, and a special thanks to the contributors of poetic ideas for the evening: Beth Foster, Guy Williams, Deb Knapp, and Leroy Leonard.
Coming up next: “Bible Stories!” The evening of August 7 is our “after-hours Sunday School” where we’ll feature plays and stories about the heroes and villains of the Bible. It’s similar to our “One Night Stand with God” from a few years ago, but this time we’re focusing on the Bible. Writers can submit short plays, short stories, poems, etc. by June 29 firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
June 3: We're ready to go on our Poetry Road Trip ("Muse of Fire") Sunday night! The actors are ready to board our magical poetry van ... If you love poetry, or if you're not sure what poetry is all about but want to know more, this show is for you. Homer, Beowulf, Shelley, Byron, Wordsworth, Blake, Dickinson, Shakespeare, Ferlinghetti, Ginsberg, Kerouac, Corso, Mary Oliver, Billy Collins, limericks, haiku, and works by our writers Joan Golden, Bill Thompson, Carrie Vaughn, Leroy Leonard, and Ross Peter Nelson.
Two more snippets from the show:
“Never seek to tell thy love, /Love that never told can be;/For the gentle wind does move/Silently, invisibly.” – William Blake
“Who cut their wrists three times successively unsuccessfully, gave up and were forced to open antique stores where they thought they were growing old and cried…” – Allen Ginsberg, “Howl”
May 30: We are now in rehearsals for our “Muse of Fire” poetry road trip. From hanging around a campfire with Shelley, Byron, Blake, and Wordsworth, to attempting to have a conversation with the stage-shy Emily Dickinson, to dealing with the morbid tastes of Homer and the anonymous poet of Beowulf, it’s been quite a ride already, and we’re looking forward to sharing all this with our audience on June 5.
Here is a quote from one of our plays, Cobalt-60 by Ross Peter Nelson. It is inspired by a poem by Mary Oliver: “I waited a million years waiting to be born, and after I move on, there'll be another million yet to come.”
And here is a quote from one of the poets we’ll be featuring in the show. His name is Will Shakespeare, and if this sonnet (#104) is any indication, we’ll be hearing more from him in the future: “Three winters cold,/Have from the forests shook three summers' pride,/Three beauteous springs to yellow autumn turned,/In process of the seasons have I seen,/Three April perfumes in three hot Junes burned,/Since first I saw you fresh, which yet are green.”
May 22: We are very pleased to announce our actors for the “Muse of Fire” poetry evening on June 5.They will be interpreting the poems and playing the roles in our “poetry road trip”: Bevin Antea, Erin Bell, Christopher Hayes, Erik Kemp, Jeannette MacDonald, Jeff Miller, Bethany Lillis Tisdale, Doug Tisdale, Brad Wagner, Suzanna Wellens, and Guy Williams. They’ll be joining directors Cindy Hall, Brenda Hoskins, and Beth Foster. Rehearsals are underway and we look forward to a great show!
Here are two snippets from a short story and a play we’ll be performing for “Muse of Fire”:
“It wasn’t easy convincing him that he could write poetry, but once I did, there’s no shutting it off. That’s all he thinks about. – Poetry Ten Cents by Bill Thompson
“If she could ask a question of Death, any question at all, what would it be?” – In Time by Carrie Vaughn
May 6: We are mapping out our poetry “road trip” for our June 5 “Muse of Fire” show! This evening of great poets and poetry-inspired plays and stories will feature “The Odyssey” and “Beowulf," Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, the Romantics and the Beats, and some Shakespeare sonnets, haiku, and limericks. We’ll make some “dramatic” stops during our road trip: a store that sells discount verse in Bill Thompson’s “Poetry 10 Cents”; a hospital to visit a patient, his nurse, and their shadow selves in “Cobalt-60” by Ross Peter Nelson (inspired by Mary Oliver’s “Gravel”); and the home of Emily Dickinson to meet her dog, Carlo, in “In Time” by Carrie Vaughn. We have some other surprises in the works as well. We’re looking forward to this special evening and we hope you’ll join us!