Poetry on Stage: Meet Mr. Yeats
Sunday, September 18th,
Monday, September 19th, 7:00 PM
61 West Superior Street
A cast of well-known local actors brings to life the dramatic biography and gripping words of William Butler Yeats. Using seminal poems, ranging from the serenity of “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” to the terror of “The Second Coming,” the performers will delve into the details of his complex love life, follow his dabbling in the occult, and explore his founding of the Abbey Theatre. Meet Mr. Yeats makes for a fascinating dramatic study of one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. Directed by Bernard Sahlins.
This exhibition showcases highlights from the literary archives of Gwendolyn E. Brooks (1917–2000), Illinois Poet Laureate and the first black winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Brooks’s papers include youthful poetry and prose, scrapbooks of pieces she published as a young woman, extensive correspondence with a significant roster of other writers, and manuscript drafts and proofs, especially after she left mainstream publishing to produce her works with black-owned presses.