Poetry in Theatre Festival

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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Drama, Literary
Location of Festival New York, New York, USA
Festival Description

The now-legendary group of 1950s American poets called the New York School—including John Ashbery, Barbara Guest, Kenneth Koch, and Frank O’Hara —crossed artistic disciplines and collaborated frequently with painters, sculptors, and theatre artists including Julian Beck and Judith Malina of The Living Theatre. Together, these forward-thinking artists created a hive of activity that might be considered a precursor to today’s Off-Off Broadway theatre scene. But what is the state of such cross-disciplinary involvement today? The Segal devotes a day to revisiting these seminal collaborations between poetry and theatre and to highlighting the legacy of the poetry/theatre connection in New York. With an afternoon of readings from contemporary writers who traverse both theatre and poetry, followed by an evening reading and more…!

Festival Dates June 3, 2013
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Schedule 2013:
  • 2:00pm: SOMEWHERE NEAR HERE by Yusef Komunyakaa (Pulitzer Prize-winning poet), directed by Kenneth Sean Collins
  • 3:00pm: LORNA written and directed by Ariana Reines and Jim Fletcher
  • 4:00pm: FIDGET by Kenneth Goldsmith, directed by Tom King
  • 5:00pm: CLEAR THE RANGE by Bob Holman and Bob Rosenthal, directed by Allison Troup-Jensen
  • 6:30pm: Christopher Knowles reads THE SUNDANCE KID IS BEAUTIFUL and other poems
  • 6:45pm: Lemon Anderson
  • 7:00pm: TRY! TRY! by Frank O’Hara, directed by Elise Thoron and featuring Judith Malina (The Living Theatre), Michael Laurence, and David Margulies
  • 7:30pm: Panel with writers and Judith Malina, moderated by Frank Hentschker
  • 8:30pm: Sibyl Kempson


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