Spokesong (a reading)
by Stewart Parker, directed by Gemma Whelan**
Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St, Portland
Mondays, October 6, 13, & 20 at 7:30pm
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with Kathleen Worley*, Joe Healy, Foss Curtis, Joey Copsey, Sara Hennessy*, Heath Koerschgen, and Summer Olsson.
Spokesong is about the hopes and dreams of a Belfast bicycle shop owner, Frank Stock, who runs the store as something like a shrine to the past, present and future of the bicycle. Living alone and approaching middle age, Frank consoles himself with his dreams of the past and his vision of a glorious cycling future for his native city.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
Spokesong author Stewart Parker, who was born in Belfast in 1941, spent his entire adult life in the shadow of cancer. He lost a leg to the disease at 18, an experience which inspired his book of poetry “The Casualty’s Meditation’ (1966). He later became a brilliant student at Queen’s University, Belfast, where he made a special study of the plays of Yeats – a writer whose formal experimentation he sometimes reflected and echoed. He then taught English Literature at Hamilton College, New York, and Cornell University but found himself drawn back to Ulster. In 1969, as the Troubles began, he returned home to become the journalistic and literary voice of a city in agony. Spokesong won him the Evening Standard ‘Most Promising Playwright Award 1975′.
Corrib Theatre offers grateful acknowledgement to this production’s sponsors
Ronnie Lacroute / WillaKenzie Estates
* Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
** Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society