Reviving the storytelling role of the ancient Greek rhapsode, Frederick Glaysher will present ”The Parliament of Poets, Celebrating Our Common Humanity Uniting Us All” at the 1901 historic Hathaway’s Hideaway in Ann Arbor. The shows will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10. Hathaway’s Hideaway is located at 310 S. Ashley Street in Ann Arbor, just south of the Fleetwood Diner.
This is a solo performance by Glaysher playing the role of the main character, The Poet of the Moon, and Black Elk, Chief Seattle, Don Quixote, Merlin, Du Fu, Robert Hayden, Fairy Queen, Tolstoy, Borges, Mbeku, and others.
The Parliament of Poets blends theatre with the ancient Greek rhapsode’s performance of Homer and the modern style of reading by Charles Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe into a new experimental epic form of dramatic storytelling for a contemporary audience.
Synopsis: Apollo calls all the poets of the nations, ancient and modern, East and West, to assemble on the moon to consult on the meaning of modern life. The Parliament of Poets sends the main character, the Poet of the Moon, on a Journey to the seven continents to learn from all of the spiritual and wisdom traditions of humankind. On Earth and on the moon, the poets teach a new global, universal vision of life.
Tickets are available at the door and are $15 for general admission and $12 for students. Or Pay What You Can. Doors open one hour before showtime. The journey to the moon and around the world lasts approximately 80 minutes.
Youtube of Glaysher performing Chief Seattle
“Like a story around a campfire.” —The Audience
“A great epic poem of startling originality and universal significance, in every way partaking of the nature of world literature.” —Hans Ruprecht, Carleton University, Canada, author on Goethe, Borges