Apollo’s Troupe is seeking support on GoFundMe to hire 5 actors and collaborators for the two and a half hour theatre script version of The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem, by Frederick Glaysher, to perform and tour to inspire human beings toward a new peaceful vision of life on Earth.
First, to hire 5 actors in the greater Detroit, Michigan area to revive the storytelling role of the ancient Greek rhapsode, playing at least two major supporting characters and “vignettes” for Don Quixote, Rocinante, Black Elk, Chief Seattle, Du Fu, Saigyo, Basho, Merlin, Queen Mab, Sappho, Jane Austen, Virgil, Demodokus, Squire, Robert Hayden, Fairy Queen, Rumi, Tagore, Vyasa, Tolstoy, Job, Borges, Sogolon, Mbeku, etc.–for 12 performances, April through at least July 20, 2019–the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing.
Performances would be held in a rented Detroit area theatre, followed, second, by touring nationally and worldwide.
The epic poem has a special theme and connection to the three Apollo 15 astronauts who were all from the University of Michigan.
Synopsis: Apollo calls all the poets of the nations, ancient and modern, East and West, to assemble on the moon to consult on the meaning of modern life. The Parliament of Poets sends the Persona, the Poet of the Moon, on a Journey to the seven continents to learn from all of the spiritual and wisdom traditions of humankind. On Earth and on the moon, the poets teach a new global, universal vision of life.
Gazing from the moon, we see one Earth, without borders, Mother Earth, her embrace encircling one people, humankind.
In 1977, Frederick Glaysher took a theatre course in the Interpretative Reading of Poetry, learning the Greek rhapsodes would travel throughout ancient Greece reciting Homer. Before long the idea of writing an epic poem became compelling and the dream that one day he might also revive the role of the rhapsode.
The theatre script, Apollo’s Troupe, blends the ancient Greek rhapsode’s performance of Homer with the modern style of readings into a new experimental epic form of dramatic storytelling for a contemporary audience. (He now performs increasingly from memory.)
Apollo’s Troupe is here on GoFundMe facing the reality of insufficient funds. We have found several highly gifted actors on Backstage.com and through local connections, who are excellent candidates. Help us hire and put them to work!
Youtube. Chief Seattle, Black Elk. 2 minutes
Earthrise Press – Download the Program for Epic Poetry Readings
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