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Four Poems In One



We know little
We can tell less
But one thing I know
One thing I can tell
I will see you again in Jerusalem
Which is of such beauty
No matter what country you come from
You will be more at home there
Than ever with father or mother
Than even with lover or friend
And once we’re within her borders
Death will hunt us in vain.

by Anne Porter, from An Altogether Different Language, 1994


Let Evening Come



Let Evening Come
BY JANE KENYON


Let the light of late afternoon
shine through chinks in the barn, moving  
up the bales as the sun moves down.

Let the cricket take up chafing  
as a woman takes up her needles  
and her yarn. Let evening come.

Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned  
in long grass. Let the stars appear
and the moon disclose her silver horn.

Let the fox go back to its sandy den.  
Let the wind die down. Let the shed  
go black inside. Let evening come.

To the bottle in the ditch, to the scoop  
in the oats, to air in the lung  
let evening come.

Let it come, as it will, and don’t  
be afraid. God does not leave us  
comfortless, so let evening come.

Jane Kenyon, “Let Evening Come” from Collected Poems. Copyright © 2005 by the Estate of Jane Kenyon. Reprinted with the permission of Graywolf Press, St. Paul, Minnesota, www.graywolfpress.org.

Source: Let Evening Come: Poems (Graywolf Press, 1990)


The Portrait, Stanley Kunitz, 1905 - 2006






My mother never forgave my father

for killing himself,


especially at such an awkward time


and in a public park,


that spring


when I was waiting to be born.


She locked his name


in her deepest cabinet


and would not let him out,


though I could hear him thumping.


When I came down from the attic


with the pastel portrait in my hand


of a long-lipped stranger


with a brave moustache


and deep brown level eyes,


she ripped it into shreds


without a single word


and slapped me hard.


In my sixty-fourth year


I can feel my cheek


still burning







Born on July 29, 1905, Stanley Kunitz was the author of many poetry collections, as well as the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Selected Poems, 1928-1958



Departures by Linda Pastan, 1985



They seemed to all take off
at once: Aunt Grace
whose kidneys closed shop;
Cousin Rose who fed sugar
to diabetes;
my grandmother's friend
who postponed going so long
we thought she'd stay.

It was like the summer years ago
when they all set out on trains
and ships, wearing hats with veils
and the proper gloves,
because everybody was going
someplace that year,
and they didn't want
to be left behind.



*** PLAYWRIGHTS OPPORTUNITIES ***





New Play Reading Series at Penn State Abington
Plays about these issues/topics are sought:
• Indigenous vs Colonial Culture
• Mass Incarceration
• Immigration
• Sustainability
• Opioid Addiction
• Educational Equity

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Theatre Suburbia, Northwest Houston's longest running all volunteer playhouse, is looking to produce a new Summer Mellerdramer in 2019.

The scripts should contain asides (in mellerdrammer fashion) for the characters. The villain should have the most, followed by the hero and heroine, and remaining cast should have a few. The asides help generate the audience responses for the main characters - boos and hisses for the villain, oohs and ahs for the heroine, and of course cheers for the hero.

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The Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF) is currently accepting play submissions that reflect urban life for its 17th annual season to be held during April and May of 2019 in downtown New York City.

DUAF will accept up to 16 theatrical works (plays, musicals, and solo works) with running times up to 70 minutes. Each work is performed only once during the festival. There will be a $1,000 award in the category of Best Play, Best Short and Audience. There is no submission of participation fee and each playwright will receive a $300-$500 monetary stipend during the festival to defray some of the production costs of presenting their work.

*** For more information about these and other opportunities see the web site at http://www.nycplaywrights.org ***

*** SUBSTANCE USE & ABUSE ***

The Marijuana-Logues is an Off-Broadway comedy show in New York City. Arj Barker, Doug Benson and Tony Camin are the creators and performers. It is a four-man stand-up comedy show, with the majority of the humor centered on the drug marijuana. The show's title is a play on the long-running Broadway show The Vagina Monologues. The show began its run in March 2004. There is also an original cast recording released in 2004 by Comedy Central, and a book. When the show toured, actor Tommy Chong became part of the tour for two cities. His legal concerns, including that audience members were actually smoking marijuana at some of the shows early in its tour, and pressure from his probation officer ultimately caused him to leave the show.[1]

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Drug Story Theater (DST) takes teens in the early stages of recovery from drugs and alcohol, teaches them improvisational theater, and helps them craft their own unique stories into a play about their seduction of, addiction to and recovery from drugs and alcohol. They then perform this play to middle, high school and college audiences so “the treatment of one becomes the prevention of many.” Incorporating brain science with slides in between scenes, DST teaches how young people get addicted and how the adolescent brain is neurologically wired for addiction. 

Drug Story Theater is an innovative, evidence-based, peer-to-peer treatment and prevention program. Surveys show that after seeing a 40-minute play, the audience overwhelmingly believes marijuana is addictive, and that drugs and alcohol have an adverse effect on relationships and the ability to succeed in school. In the talk back portion of a show, one of the main points Dr. Joseph Shrand (the creator of Drug Story Theater and a leading expert in adolescent addiction) addresses is how marijuana is a gateway drug to opioids.

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"Over-the-top" and "larger-than-life" are but two of the descriptive phrases that may be used in reference to both director Jason Lewis and his latest theatrical project Reefer Madness the Musical - and, in both instances, they are equally justified. In all honesty, who else better than he to helm a production of the thoroughly madcap and deliciously campy musical now onstage at Darkhorse Theater through this weekend as the final show of ACT 1's 2016-17 season?

With his resolute focus and encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture, Lewis - along with his collaborators musical director Rollie Mains and choreographer Stephanie Jones-Benton - creates a veritable camp classic from the pages of the script by Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney, based upon the potboiling film of the same name that atte

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The Vortex is a play in three acts by the English writer and actor Noël Coward. The play depicts the sexual vanity of a rich, ageing beauty, her troubled relationship with her adult son, and drug abuse in British society circles after the First World War. The son's cocaine habit is seen by many critics as a metaphor for homosexuality, then taboo in Britain. Despite, or because of, its controversial content for the time, the play was Coward's first great commercial success.

The play premiered in November 1924 in London and played in three theatres until June 1925, followed by a British tour and a New York production in 1925–26. It has enjoyed several revivals and a film adaptation.

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A Philippine youth theater club staged a musical at a Manila park on Sunday, challenging President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs.

The 20-minute show features a casket salesman whose funeral parlor is doing brisk business as corpses pile up.

But the salesman and his friends end up as statistics, falling to vigilante-style killings that have gripped the Southeast Asian nation and alarmed the international community.

“The play talks about the problem in the community with the war on drugs and the irony of it, that a few earn money amid this war and all the killings,” artistic director Jessie Villabrille told Reuters.

More than 8,000 suspected drug addicts and dealers have been killed since Duterte took office on June 30, some in police operations but many others in mysterious circumstances.

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The doors outside About Face & Justin Brill's production of METHTACULAR! should warn audiences of the show's nudity.

OK, not nudity nudity, but after seeing the utter openness and vulnerability in Steven Strafford's one-man production of his "drug addled, sex crazed life," the word 'bare' certain comes to mind. Currently opening About Face's 2014-2015 season, Strafford puts it all out there for everyone to see in this emotional roller coaster, and the result is a highly entertaining and cathartic evening.

Born and raised in New Jersey, the majority of performer and playwright Steven (Michael) Strafford's story of sex, methamphetamine addiction, and connection in the gay community takes place in Chicago in the early 2000's. 

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THERE are few theatrical experiences more exhilarating than watching a talented young artist fulfill his promise. That experience is now to be had at the American Place Theater, where the performer Eric Bogosian, a downtown fixture for almost a decade, has put together an airtight 80-minute show in which his gifts for acting and social satire collide to their most incendiary effect yet. ''Drinking in America'' is the evening's title, and, like such past Bogosian efforts as ''FunHouse'' and ''Men Inside,'' it is a breakneck, hair-raising comic tour of the contemporary American male psyche, with its creator playing all the roles. But if this is the funniest and most shapely of Mr. Bogosian's shows, the edges of his humor have not been smoothed out: ''Drinking in America'' leaves a hangover of outrage that a theatergoer can't easily shake.

The demographically diverse men on view include, among others, a grasping show-biz hustler; a latter-day Willy Loman on the road; a ghetto junkie, and a gyrating heavy-metal rock star. While many of the characters are indeed intoxicated - on cocaine, Quaaludes or heroin as well as alcohol - ''Drinking in America'' charts a more pervasive spiritual malady. The men we meet are gluttons for power, money and sex as well as for chemical stimulants; they have pigged out on the American way. Although Mr. Bogosian hardly approves of a neo-Nazi television evangelist who appears late in the show, he does seem to share the preacher's conviction that ''the Devil seduced us with a life of plenty and invited us into hell.''

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Weed Shop the Musical was created by Becca Grumet and Madelyne Heyman in 2016, and has since had a successful extended run at the Eclectic Company Theatre in North Hollywood.
The show follows Alicia, a cheerful doctor with a brand-new medical marijuana practice in town, and Dave, an enthusiastic dispensary owner, as they search for love in Los Angeles. While weed-friendly, this show is for everyone, touching on universally heartwarming themes of love, self-expression, and identity with a hodgepodge of musical styles from classic Broadway tunes to funk.


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