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Posted by : cj on Thursday, June 09, 2005 - 09:37 AM
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Highly Recommended Poetry Theatre

The Cast of SilvaSilva
Caffeine Theatre
Breadline Center for the Performing Arts
1802 W. Berenice Street
Mondays and Tuesdays through June 21, 8 PM, $10

Silva is a joyous celebration of words and art.

Adapting poetry for the theater stage is one of the most difficult things an ensemble can do. Trying to remember deep, metaphorical, abstract lines of verse is a task to challenge even the most seasoned thespian. Doing this in the context of a show without a plot, is even harder. Actors tend to try to "act" the poetry rather than recite it, and as one actor is speaking, the other actors on the stage tend to awkwardly react to what is being said, usually with exaggerated or artificial facial expressions or gestures that don't offer the audience an explanation for why they are there.

Artistic Director Jennifer Shook not only pulls off this challenging task, but she throws in some choreography and projected images as well, making Silva a wonderful multi-media performance art event. Cast members Sara McGuire, Erik Schnitger, Stefanie Neuhauser, Pat Hofmann and Maren Robinson give life to the poetry and they sent my mind swimming with imagery.

The play is a meditation on the tree, developed through the University of Chicago Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, with assistance from the Student Fine Arts Fund. It combines quotes from many poets and well-known personalities, such as Ani DiFranco, T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, John Keats, Karl Marx, Pablo Neruda, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Dylan Thomas and Virginia Woolf. It is wonderful to explore a single theme throughout the history of literature.

Silva gives the voice of the poet the respect it deserves and gives it two big quills up. Click here for more info.


Marvin Tate The Red Rover Series (readings that play with reading) Experiment #2: A Prayer, will be held on Saturday, June 18, at 7 PM at the SpareRoom, 2416 W. North Ave., and will feature Beth Snyder and Marvin Tate. There is a $3 suggested donation.

Born in Philadelphia, Beth Snyder eventually moved to Berkeley and then spent many years in Santa Fe (her favorite place). In 1978, she received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and, 23 years later, an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She now works as a senior writer at Northwestern University.

Marvin Tate is a pioneer in the genre of fusing poetry, performance, spoken-word, and music. He is the author of "School Yards and Broken Dreams" and has been featured on NPR's "This American Life", Art-Beat Chicago, Wild Chicago, and has shared the stage with the likes of Amiri Baraka, Nikki Giovanni, Annie Sprinkle, Ken Nordine, Malachi Thompson, and many others.

Red Rover Series is curated bi-monthly by Amina Cain and Jennifer Karmi; for more info e-mail

Hyde Park Poetry Fest on July 9th

Arthur Holland Sr. Spoken Word Outdoors will be an event located at 52nd and Harper, in the square where the chess players play, just below Sunflower Seed, in front of Akente (address 5210 Harper) and the Bicycle Shop. On Saturday, July 9th poets will gather in the square from 3 until 9 PM. There will be a family matinee from 3 until 5:30, and an "adult all ages" show from 6 until 9 PM. If you are interested in performing in this outdoor event, you can pre-register with the WPPW (Council of Writers Performers Poets Producers Wordsmyths) by mailing Include a sample of your work and indicate if you are interested in the family or all ages show.

The Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Raybon "The Voice" Myers and will include poetry performances by Ajani Olufemi, Cinque, Uncle Bob, Mario, The Cypher Coalition, D'Nyle, Armand Scott, Film Producer Sam Greenlee, Arthur Holland Sr., The Ancestral Resurrection Jazz Ensemble, Wanda Ross, The Group L.E., MC Dyalekt, Master Drummer Tyehimba Mtu-Ngoma Ku Sema and more. There will be CDs and books for sale.

Elise Paschen To Feature For Tallgrass

Elise Paschen Tuesday, June 28, 7:30 pm — TallGrass Writers Guild Authors Series + Open Mic - TallGrass spotlights Chicagoland poet Elise Paschen, Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America from 1988 to 2001, and cofounder of “Poetry in Motion,” a nationwide program that places poetry posters in subways and buses, reaching more than 10 million people a day with poetry.

A graduate of Harvard and Oxford University, she is the cofounder of Oxford Poetry and has been a guest editor of Poetry Magazine’s special issue on contemporary British poets. She is author of Infidelities, winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize and Houses: Coasts.
She is coeditor of Poetry in Motion from Coast to Coast: 120 Poems from the Subways and Buses and Poetry Speaks. A former Frances Allen Fellow of the Newberry Library, Dr. Paschen will be available for book signing, which immediately precedes the TallGrass Open Mic.
Cover charge for this Authors Series Appearance, which includes the lecture/discussion, Q&A, all handouts, and the Open Mic, is $7 reduced to $6 for students with a school ID. The evening's event is upstairs at The Red Lion, 2446 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago (773-348-2695).
For details, call 708-672-6630 or email

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Note: Here is the scoop on a new poetic theatre performance called Silva, The Red Rover Series, The Hyde Park Poetry Fest, and Elise Paschen.

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