Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Way of the Word: Poems to Plays Encore Performances

REPUBLIC Worldwide-in collaboration with Everywhere Theatre Group-presents Way of the Word: Poems to Play Encore Performance

On April 12th, 2010, friends, family, and fans of theater along with new and repeat guests from the first Way of the Word: Poems to Plays packed Bar on A to see the encore performances of Pages from a Course in General Linguistics (by Lonely Christopher, directed by Teddy Nicholas), Scrabble or Nietzsche (by Marissa Forbes, directed by Chase Voorhees), and Big Talk (by Katie Przybylski, directed by Leah Winkler).

It was an honor working with Everywhere Theatre Group and I would like to not only thank the directors/founders of ETG but also T. Ramon Campbell, Tricia Cramer, and Kristopher W. Imperati, Dan Whalen, Mary Hynes, David Weinheimer, Nikki Dillon, Rachel Pearl, and Gary Ferrer for transforming the poems into exceptional works theater.

A special thanks to Bar on A for opening up their great space to us and allowing REPUBLIC and ETG the freedom to transform the space into a wonderful place to perform and bring people together to share their love of words.

Pages from a Course in General Linguistics

Teddy Nicholas of ETG

Scrabble (or Nietzsche)

Big Talk

REPUBLIC thanks Everywhere Theatre Group

So often the word is not considered a form of visual art, rather a limited form of emotional expression. The word, in any manifestation, crosses numerous mediums and passions; not only can writing transform one’s thoughts on any subject but it can transcend concepts of life itself. REPUBLIC Worldwide generated the “Way of the Word” program to represent the energy of words in many forms. Poetry was a fitting place to begin but REPUBLIC Worldwide possesses the goal to continue to adapt, revolutionize and spread the love of all embodiments of the word, thus the birth of “Poems to Plays.” Marissa Forbes wanted to expose the accessibility of poetry by adapting three original poems from the event anthology into three one-act plays and the featured poets, Lonely Christopher and Katie Przybylski, were excited for the chance to join Forbes in morphing their poetry into visual enactments. The main concept for “Way of the Word” is that words can take any direction and make any connection, so each poem-to-play speaks to the relationship between influential linguists, philosophers, and poets to our modern day appreciation of the art of the word. REPUBLIC Worldwide was honored that the talented and gracious members of Everywhere Theatre Group wanted to collaborate on this project. The actors and directors have put in exceptional efforts and the dual event was a wild success and we look forward to creating “Way of the Word” events that show how the word can morph and move in any/all directions.

All pictures by Sean McGurn, check out more pictures from the event and information about more events and services by REPUBLIC Worldwide at republicworldwide.com.

Copies of Way of the Word Poetry Anthologies are still available for $10, please email marissa@republicworldwide.com if you're interested in purchasing a wonderful collection of poetry for a good cause. We are donating 10% of every anthology sold to READ (Reading for Excellence and Discovery)—a foundation that promotes literacy by pairing qualified high school tutors with elementary students who demonstrate below grade level reading skills.

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