DETROIT—On May 17, the theater company, Apollo’s Troupe, will debut the stage-adaptation of the critically- acclaimed epic poem, The Parliament of Poets, written by Michigan poet Frederick Glaysher and published in 2012 by Earthrise Press. The show will be at the newly-renamed Underground at the Hilberry Theatre (formerly The Studio Theatre) on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 at 8pm and Sunday, May 19 at 3pm. Tickets are $28. WSU Faculty, Staff, and Students are eligible for discounts. Go to www.wsushows.com for more information and to purchase tickets….
Frederick Glaysher, Epic Poet, Rhapsode, Producer, playing the Poet of the Moon. Jeff Thomakos, Director, Michigan Michael Chekhov Christian Plonka, Stage Manager Dennis Kleinsmith, Actor, playing Don Quixote, Tolstoy, etc. Mike Sandusky, Actor, playing Robert Hayden, Borges, Job, etc. Breon Canady, Actor, playing Sogolon, Mimbardda, etc.
Apollo’s Troupe blends the ancient Greek rhapsode’s performance of Homer with the modern style of reading by Charles Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe into a new experimental epic form of dramatic storytelling for a contemporary audience.
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 main character, 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.
Thirty years in the making, set partly on the moon, at the Apollo 11 landing site, the Sea of Tranquility, and around the world, including Don Quixote, Rocinante, Black Elk, Chief Seattle, Du Fu, Merlin, Queen Mab, Druid, Sappho, Jane Austen, Virgil, Demodokus, Squire, Robert Hayden, Fairy Queen, Rumi, Tagore, Vyasa, Tolstoy, Blake, Job, Borges, Sogolon, Mbeku, etc.
The two hour theatre script version of The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem presents a selection of ten of the forty major characters, mostly poets from major civilizations and religions.
July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. Much of The Parliament of Poets takes place at the Apollo 11 landing site. Evoking Homer’s “catalogue of ships,” one canto honors the many rocket ships and astronauts of the space age, including the Apollo missions.
“Like a story around a campfire.” —The Audience
“Certainly wowed the crowd with the performance and the words themselves.” —Albany Poets News, New York
“A masterpiece that will stand the test of time.” —Poetry Cornwall, No. 36, England, UK
“A great epic poem of startling originality and universal significance, in every way partaking of the nature of world literature.” —Hans Ruprecht, Carleton University, Canada, author on Goethe, Borges, etc.
“A profound spiritual message for humanity.” —Alan Jacobs, Poet Writer Author, London, UK
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. Continue reading →