Get Inspired By Shakespeare’s Tempest

Clare Payne Symmons, executive director for Offsquare Theatre, approached JHW about collaborating with the company during its Thin Air Shakespeare performance of The Tempest July 7-9 and July 14-16 on the lawn at Center for the Arts. This is all for fun and to get more words out there. The productions are free and people show up early with their dinners to enjoy the evening light. And not asking for us to be on hand for all of the performances, but at least one would be great.

The idea: write a poem or a short prose piece suitable for performance OR collect some poems about The Tempest by … there are so many. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World was inspired by lines from the play.

‘O  wonder!

How many goodly creatures are there here!

How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,

That has such people in’t.’

Safiya Sinclair’s 2016 Whiting Award-winning Cannibal from University of Nebraska Press “collides and confronts” the images and words of the 17th century play in poetry. And I’m certain her take is very different from TS Eliot’s in The Waste Land.

So much to write about. So much to be inspired by. So much to ponder and prod. Help make this a wonderful event!

We will be talking about this project (format and interest) at the Wednesday May 3 poetry meeting from 6-8:30 p.m. (Don’t worry we will be looking at each other’s poems as well.) Even if you cannot attend that  group, let me know if you want to be part of this. Use the contact form on this website to reach me.