conceived by Barbara Vann

"THE REPUBLIC OF POETRY" comprises the work of 11 poets, each of whom has written a short verse play especially for this project ranging from 2 to 20 minutes in length.

Some of the highlights:

Filip Marinovich's "Salient Mourners," in which the Army presents its official policy on fallen soldiers in Iraq with doublespeak and euphemism

Denise Duhamel's "Pituitary Theft," which is composed entirely of fake English subtitles from Hong Kong movies

Harry Matthews' "Trial Impressions," a suite on the changeability of love.

The poets who've contributed to the evening include Martin Espada, who has been called "the Latino poet of his generation" and whose latest collection of poetry received the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement and was named an American Library Association Notable Book of the year. His poems have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Harper's, The Nation, and The Best American Poetry; Arnold Weinstein, librettist for the opera "A View From The Bridge" and lyricist for William Bolcom's "Casino Paradise"; Harry Matthews, whose latest novel "The Journalist" was acclaimed by the New York Times and Time Out; as well as Bayard, Denise Duhamel, Vincent Katz, Roy Lisker, Filip Marinovich, Simon Pettet, Miriam Sagan and Bruce Weber.

About the Company: Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble

Is a Company of professional theatre artists dedicated to offering creative alternatives to conventional theatre by creating and presenting works that experiment with languge, music, movement, form and ideas, and meld the strengths of theatrical tradition with innovation. We offer provocative theater for professional theatergoers!

The works are chosen to delight the mind, honor creativity, confound empty convention, encourage active compassion and present the many facets of the American experience within a global community. We are committed to the belief in theater as an art form that inspires, challenges, questions and entertains. This commitment is reflected in our choice of repertory and the multi-ethnic composition of the Emsemble.

Open:   06/09/05
Close:   06/26/05

Thursday-Sunday at 8pm
Theater:   Medicine Show
Address:   549 West 52nd 3rd floor
New York, NY 10019
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