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Apollo’s Troupe

A story of humanity coming together in universal peace.

The Cast of Apollo’s Troupe

In The Underground at The Hilberry Theatre, Wayne State University. (Former Studio Theatre)
May 17, 8:00pm; May 18, 8:00pm; May 19, 3:00pm
Students: $15, Faculty/Staff: $23, General $28
Approximately 2 hours. 15-minute intermission.
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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.

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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

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The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem. Troy Public Library, Sept 23, 2017

Epic Poetry Reading, The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem.
Troy Public Library, Sept 23, 2017. 10 minutes.

A lunar tale, a story, a Journey toward healing the planet, drawing from and evoking all of the great spiritual and wisdom traditions and regional civilizations.

If the old exclusivisms evolved into the exclusivism of the Enlightenment, from the moon, together, we can see universality…

Frederick Glaysher reading several brief selections from The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem, at Troy Public Library, Troy, Michigan. Sept 23, 2017. 10 minutes. https://youtu.be/XHUyKtj3gJo

Also see the related Questions & Answers, on CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING, 10 minutes, at https://youtu.be/DXAXn0DL5jY

As a global epic tale, I am speaking to the entire planet, not merely the Western world. While the whole is always more than the sum of its parts, 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.

SYNOPSIS

The Parliament of Poets is set partly on the moon at the Apollo 11 landing site, the Sea of Tranquility, and around the world.

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 modernity. The Parliament of Poets chooses one of its own, the Poet of the Moon, and sends him 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 him a new global, universal vision of life.

One of the major themes is the power of women and the female spirit across cultures.

Frederick Glaysher, Troy Public Library, Sept 23, 2017

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Frederick Glaysher  

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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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