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ENCORE MICHIGAN. TWO Articles on The Parliament of Poets at Theatre NOVA, Ann Arbor

Apollo’s Troupe, (LtoR) Patrick Grimes, Alexander Sloan, Marley Boone, Dennis Kleinsmith, Krystle Dellihue, Frederick Glaysher (f)

ENCORE MICHIGANFrederick Glaysher’s ‘Parliament of Poets’ at Theatre Nova for three Sunday performances September 13, 2019

Frederick Glaysher’s ‘Parliament of Poets’ at Theatre Nova for three Sunday performances. September 13, 2019 Encore Staff

ANN ARBOR—On September 22, 29, and October 6, the theatre company, Apollo’s Troupe, will stage the theater adaptation of the poem, The Parliament of Poets, written by Michigan poet Frederick Glaysher and published in 2012 by Earthrise Press.

Taking place on the moon at the Apollo 11 landing site, a lone poet finds himself charged by Don Quixote and “The Parliament of Poets” to spread a new message of beauty, unity, and love to all nations of our fractured modern world. He is then sent to meet with the great poets, myths, and characters from history, East and West, to be mentored on his quest towards enlightenment and understanding.

The cast features the poet himself, as a persona, The Poet of the Moon, as well as five actors playing multiple roles including Don Quixote, Merlin the Magician, Jane Austen, Ann Arbor Poet Robert Hayden, Leo Tolstoy, the Biblical prophet-poet Job, the great Chinese poet Du Fu, the African Queen Sogolon, and many more. These actors are Dennis Kleinsmith (formerly Theatre Nova, JET, Shakespeare in Detroit, etc.), Krystle Dellihue (Shakespeare In Detroit, Matrix Theatre, Redbud, PTD), Alexander Sloan (Open Book, Water Works, Hope College), Marley Boone (Williamston, St. Dunstan’s, several Philadelphia theatres), Patrick Grimes (Redbud, Morris, Young People’s Theatre), all joining the Guest Production at Theatre Nova.

The canto with Job on the moon broods on the Holocaust and the meaning of suffering, taking the audience deep into the tragedy of modern times, while offering a peace beyond understanding like no other.

The show will be a Guest Production at Theatre Nova, 410 West Huron Street, Sunday evenings September 22, 29, and October 6. Tickets are at the door and online beginning in mid-August at TheatreNova.org. $22 general, $15 students. Go to TheatreNova.org or EarthrisePress.Net for more information. Or call 248-453-4220.

The Parliament of Poets can be purchased at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore.

ENCORE MICHIGANThe Parliament of Poets 09/22–10/06
The Parliament of Poets 09/22–10/06. Theatre Nova Ann Arbor BUY TICKETS
ANN ARBOR—On September 22, 29, and October 6, the theatre company, Apollo’s Troupe, will stage the theater adaptation of the poem, The Parliament of Poets, written by Michigan poet Frederick Glaysher and published in 2012 by Earthrise Press. The show will be a Guest Production at Theatre Nova, 410 West Huron Street, Sunday evenings September 22, 29, and October 6. Tickets are at the door and online beginning in mid-August at TheatreNova.org. $22 general, $15 students. Go to TheatreNova.org or EarthrisePress.Net for more information. Or call 248-453-4220.

Taking place on the moon at the Apollo 11 landing site, a lone poet finds himself charged by Don Quixote and “The Parliament of Poets” to spread a new message of beauty, unity, and love to all nations of our fractured modern world. He is then sent to meet with the great poets, myths, and characters from history, East and West, to be mentored on his quest towards enlightenment and understanding.

The cast features the poet himself, as a persona, The Poet of the Moon, as well as five actors playing multiple roles including Don Quixote, Merlin the Magician, Jane Austen, Ann Arbor Poet Robert Hayden, Leo Tolstoy, the Biblical prophet-poet Job, the great Chinese poet Du Fu, the African Queen Sogolon, and many more. These actors are Dennis Kleinsmith (formerly Theatre Nova, JET, Shakespeare in Detroit, etc.), Krystle Dellihue (Shakespeare In Detroit, Matrix Theatre, Redbud, PTD), Alexander Sloan (Open Book, Water Works, Hope College), Marley Boone (Williamston, St. Dunstan’s, several Philadelphia theatres), Patrick Grimes (Redbud, Morris, Young People’s Theatre), all joining the Guest Production at Theatre Nova.

The canto with Job on the moon broods on the Holocaust and the meaning of suffering, taking the audience deep into the tragedy of modern times, while offering a peace beyond understanding like no other.

The Parliament of Poets can be purchased at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore.

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Epic Poetry Reading at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore

Epic Poetry Reading at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore.
Ann Arbor, Michigan. May 13, 2017. 7:00 PM.

Reading from The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem, a shaman-like tale or chant for our time, speaking to the entire planet.

Since 2014, I’ve read at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore four times, for the poetry and the story-telling groups and a shaman book group; and since my epic is over 9,000 lines, I thought I’d invite people here tonight for a little longer taste of it than merely 5 or 10 minutes, for more of a sense of the story as a shaman Journey drawing from and evoking all of the great spiritual and wisdom traditions and regional civilizations.

 I gratefully acknowledge my indebtedness to such writers and thinkers as the historian Arnold Toynbee, Carl Jung, Huston Smith, Aldous Huxley, Joseph Campbell, and many others of open and universal sensibility. Campbell, especially, wrote on shamanism and myth and their power to heal the tribe through a visionary experience and tale. Campbell also wrote repeatedly about the overview Image of Earthrise, rising above the horizon of the moon, as the great new mythic Image and Symbol for our time.
 
“Like a story around a campfire.” —From the Audience

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Interview. Kerrytown BookFest, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Interview. Kerrytown BookFest, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
September 11, 2016.

Like many people in our country, I grew up in a family of several Christian denominations and secular outlook. One of my earliest memories is a family gathering at which everyone was fighting and arguing, my mother exclaiming, “Enough! We’re here to celebrate the holiday as a family!” Her wisdom has often come back to me as the years have gone by.

Despite our current culture wars, America really began in pluralism and has always been evolving beyond exclusivism, toward universality, the most profound symbol of which is  the image of Earthrise from the Moon, the great symbol of our time.

At the deepest spiritual level all of the great religious and wisdom traditions agree. To solve the crises that confront us, we human beings on this planet must rediscover the spiritual vision and teachings of human oneness and unity that can bring us together and heal the traumas and conflicts of modernity. On the Moon, I believe that is possible. My hope has always been that, through an imaginative Journey, a shaman’s tale for our time, if you will, through a global epic poem, it might just be possible to help humanity heal enough to make the difference, contribute, help, at least, to encourage a peaceful vision of life on this planet.

Frederick Glaysher

“Very intrigued by his background. I’m extremely impressed with the quality and depth of the writing. So well written. It’s almost like a stepping stone into all this world lit that people might otherwise never touch.”  Youtu.be/YDaPs1dGS4c

Epic Poetry Interview, Frederick Glaysher, Kerrytown BookFest, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sept. 11, 2016. R. J. Fox, Interviewer and English teacher at Huron High School, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

 

In silhouette, Frederick Glaysher reading from Into the Ruins: Poems, The Bower of Nil: A Narrative Poem, and The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem. Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU), Michigan. International Book Fair. South Asian Students Association. October 28, 2016. 19 minutes.

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Ann Arbor Book Festival – June 18, 2016

 

Ann Arbor Book Festival

Ann Arbor Book Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I enjoyed participating in the Ann Arbor Book Festival on June 18, 2016, and appreciate everyone who stopped by, just chatted,  as well as bought books. I hope you enjoy your Journey to the Moon… It was a pleasure to sign my epic poem for a number of people.

I’m looking forward to repeating the experience next year!

Frederick Glaysher

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