Poetry in Theatre
The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (365 Fifth Ave., Manhattan)

The now-legendary group of 1950s American poets called the New York School—including John Ashbery, Barbara Guest, Kenneth Koch, and Frank O’Hara—crossed artistic disciplines and collaborated frequently with painters, sculptors, and theatre artists including Julian Beck and Judith Malina of The Living Theatre. Together, these forward-thinking artists created a hive of activity that might be considered a precursor to today’s Off-Off Broadway theatre scene. But what is the state of such cross-disciplinary involvement today?

On June 3, the Segal Center will bring together legendary and emerging voices on the crossroads between poetry and theatre to revisit these seminal collaborations, highlight the legacy of the poetry/theatre connection in New York, and perform rarely-heard works as well as new works in process.

This program represents a truly rare occasion in which poets and theatre-makers are brought together in direct collaboration, to stage works written by poets for the stage, and to explore the intersection between poetry and theatre in discussion.

Monday, June 3 POETRY IN THEATRE performances will include:

2pm: SOMEWHERE NEAR HERE by Yusef Komunyakaa (Pulitzer Prize-winning poet)

directed by Kenneth Sean Collins (Temporary Distortion)

3pm: LORNA by Ariana Reines and Jim Fletcher, directed by Ariana Reines (Telephone)

4pm: FIDGET by Kenneth Goldsmith (UbuWeb), directed by Tom King

5pm: CLEAR THE RANGE by Bob Holman and Bob Rosenthal, directed by Allison Troup-Jensen

6:30pm: Christopher Knowles reads THE SUNDANCE KID IS BEAUTIFUL

6:45pm: Lemon Anderson

7pm: TRY! TRY! by Frank O’Hara (New York School poet), directed by Elise Thoron

and featuring Judith Malina (The Living Theatre)

7:30pm: Panel with writers, directors, and Judith Malina, moderated by Frank Hentschker

8:30pm: Sibyl Kempson

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