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Muse of Fire

   

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James O'Leary

 

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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!