The Man In The Newspaper Hat
THE MAN IN THE NEWSPAPER HAT BY HAYLEY HEATON
at Odd Duck Studio
November 17th December 17th 2011
Thursday, Friday & Saturdays at 8 PM (no show on Thanksgiving. Post-Play Discussion with the Playwright in attendance on Saturday, December 10.
Odd Duck Studio
1214 10th Ave
Seattle, Washington 98122
Poets are not nice people. No artist is, really. They use the world and the people in it as fodder for their work. The Man in the Newspaper Hat, inspired by Elizabeth Bishop's poem "Visits to St. Elizabeths", is a fictional dramatization of the meetings between two polar opposite artistic temperaments, grandiose and infamous Ezra Pound and poets'-poet Elizabeth Bishop.
Elizabeth Bishop (Lisa Keeton), Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress 1949-50, visits Ezra Pound (David S. Klein), father of modern American poetry, in the asylum of St. Elizabeths where he is remanded, declared unfit to stand trial for high treason for his pro-Fascist/anti-Semitic rants over Rome Radio during WWII.
Over the course of one year, Bishop challenges Pound artist to artist in an effort to unearth the poet under the rubble of his political delusions. They become poetic sparring partners, and while Bishop doesn't succeed in reclaiming him for her poetic lineage, she senses that the ground underneath his longheld convictions is shifting. The result is deeply disquieting and eerily moving.
The production is dedicated to honoring the centennial of Elizabeth Bishop, who was born February 8, 1911. The play also has Northwest ties in that Ezra Pound was born in Hailey, Idaho, and Bishop lectured at the UW in 1966, mentoring many NW poets.
Hayley Heaton (Playwright) is a poet and playwright living in Salt Lake City, Utah. Heaton was educated at The University of Utah, Cambridge University, and The New School in New York City. Since 2004, she has published The French 75, and Nineteen Days of Blaise. Heaton's work can also be found in several online and print journals.
Katrin Hilbe (Director) directs Opera, Operetta, Contemporary Music Theatre, Plays, in Europe and the US. Her latest projects were the multi-media event Fraktale Sommernacht with the International Lab for Opera and Media Werdenberg in Switzerland and Allen Davis III' play Oasis with The Dramatic Question in NYC. She was the primary Assistant Director for Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany. Katrin is Artistic Director of International Relations for The Midtown International Theatre Festival, member of the Dramatists Guild of America, LPTW, The WorkShop Theater Company, a mentee of Theatre Resources Unlimited and an alumni of Directors Lab West. More information at www.katrinhilbe.com.
Since its inception in 2009, ManyTracks has been interested in projects that defy easy alignment. ManyTracks has developed Hayley Heaton's play The Man in the Newspaper Hat, and Katrin Hilbe's Danton's Death Take 1, a new translation of Georg Büchner's Dantons Tod. This production marks ManyTracks' Seattle debut.
Theatre Lexicon (Producer)
is an independent theatre company in Seattle dedicated to developing and performing collaborative, ensemble-based work. Theater Lexicon debuted in 2008 with The Complex, and has since produced Brilliant Traces, and John Patrick Shanley's Savage in Limbo.
Ticket prices are $15. $10 for Students/Seniors/Military. Advance TIX by calling 206-679-3271 or through www.manytracks.org
Co-Produced by Eclectic Theater Company.
Odd Duck Studio
1214 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
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